Young kids are getting sleeves ‘tattoos’ – because of how much they admire their inked parents

Vicky McAdam from Gateshead has brought the popular trend over from the US

If you cast your mind back to being a small kid, you’ll no doubt remember how impatient you were to be an adult.
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Much of this came from looking up to your parents, who seemed to have all the fun (obviously they weren’t).

They got to stay up late, wear make-up, have piercings , watch whatever they wanted on TV and, of course, have tattoos if they so chose.

It’s natural for children to want to emulate their parents and now, with tattoos, they can get creative in the same way their parents have, without getting inked forever.

The temporary tattoo trend originated in America.

Definitely more sophisticated and arty than the sort of transfer tattoos we had growing up, the spray-on tattoos can be done as sleeves and, best of all, can be washed off in time for school.

Young Jazmine follows in her parents’ footsteps
Vicky McAdam, 48, from Gateshead is a tattoo artist who has helped make the trend popular in the UK.

Vicky told The Sun , “They are only young but the little kids love getting their tattoos to look like their mams and dads.

“To see their faces when they look in the mirror is priceless.

“They absolutely adore their airbrushed tattoos,” explained before adding.

“One of the little lads kept his arm out of the bath so it wouldn’t wash off. It’s all a bit of fun and it has really taken off.”

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So intricate and skilled are the designs, that they have been mistaken for being the real deal.

To achieve this effect, Vicky uses stencils and builds on each one to make a sleeve. However, she also does single spray-on tattoos if required.

A close-up of her incredible designs
She charges £30 a sleeve if the family make a home visit and will also travel for parties where she charges £100 an hour or £120 for two hours if there is a party of four or more.

While they can be washed off easily, they will also last as long as up to five days.

Not only is her fan base growing, but even other tattoo artists count themselves among the admirers of her work.

Jazmine Fisher with her mum and dad, Wayne and Jade Fisher
Wayne Fisher, 26, who works at Black Friers Tattoo House, and his wife Jade, travelled from Carlisle to let Vicky get to work on their three-year-old daughter Jazmine.

Jade, 29, said: “We read about Vicky and thought it was fantastic what she was doing.

“We thought these spray on ones would be great for Jazmine and for us to look back on. She’s loving it.”


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