Scalp tattoos hurt - buzzing through the skull and hours of pain getting poked in the scalp. Going through all that pain may make scalp/behind the ear tattoos a difficult decision for some people. But it's a different story when your own child struggles with hearing impairment and has to go through life wearing a device that gives them an ability most people take for granted.
Stacey Meikle, a mother of three from Queensland, Australia, joined the growing list of parents of kids with cochlear implants who have been getting their own inked-in versions to make their children feel less alone. ‘I decided to get the tattoo so she's not only one and to make her feel normal,’ she said in an interview with Daily Mercury.
Her nine-year-old daughter, Ella, first started wearing hearing aids when she was four. Even then, Stacey claimed that her daughter had been misunderstood by other kids with the tiny, pink device she wore on her ear. ‘She's had hearing aids from age of four and was little bit self conscious, kids didn't understand what it was and it was bright pink,’ Stacey said.
Stacey — who is definitely no stranger to tattoos and piercings – immediately thought a cochlear tattoo was a good idea after seeing an insulin pump tattoo from a parent whose kid suffers from diabetes.
‘It did hurt like anything but that was to be expected. She was really stoked,’ she said about the experience.
‘When I win lottery I'll get more, they're addictive,’ said Stacey, fresh from the half-hour tattoo session. So far, everyone has only had the nicest things to say about Stacey's tattoo, commenting how fantastic it was. Another day for parenting done right!
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Quotes from an interview with Daily Mercury.