Yet Another Cool Dad Got A Cochlear Implant Tattoo For His Kid

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We only keep proving that tattooed parents rock hard.

Earliest known super dad who got a hearing aid tattoo for his daughter.
Earliest known super dad who got a hearing aid tattoo for his daughter.

Like this dad and this one, Gareth Hickenbottom-Marriot is simply being a loving daddy to his eight-year-old princess, Briar. Briar was born deaf, and has been wearing a cochlear implant since she was about three.

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Allistair Campbell

Tattooed dad Gareth read about a fellow dad from New Zealand, who also has a daughter with impaired hearing, a few months back who have gotten a hearing aid tattoo to show support for his own daughter's

Gareth's little girl
Gareth's little girl

Gareth waited until his little girl's 17th operation to surprise her with his special new ink. The operation was for Briar's other condition, Goldenhar syndrome, a congenital birth defect which can affect the ears, nose, and mouth.

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Gareth Hickenbottom-Marriot and daughter Briar sport matching cochlear implants.
Gareth Hickenbottom-Marriot and daughter Briar sport matching cochlear implants.

“At first I think Briar was quite shocked. She didn’t seem to know what to make of it,” the 40-year-old tells Birmingham Mail“My wife, Leanne, told me that when I was asleep she came next to me and at one point looked to try and take the battery off my head,” he adds.

“When Leanne told me about the New Zealand guy on social media, I thought it was a great idea. It’s a show of solidarity that will give my little girl a morale boost. It seems to have done the trick,” he says. “She often talks about how she wished all the family had implants and she has toy replicas that she puts on her dolls,” Gareth shares with Birmingham Mail.

Gareth Hickenbottom-Marriot / YouTube
Gareth Hickenbottom-Marriot / YouTube

That's another point for tattooed dads right there. Stay rad!

Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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