The law states that you have to be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo, and we think that’s a pretty good rule, considering the fact that kids are known for making terrible decisions. Hope Laliberte, however, is getting work done by a professional tattoo artist a decade early. This daring little girl is only eight.
Relax. She’s not getting a tattoo. Instead, she and tattoo artist Aaron Guillemette of Up In Flames Tattoo in Fall River, MA, created custom designs to add a little flair to her leg braces. Hope suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Because of that, she’s had to wear leg braces for the past four years. To ensure that she felt comfortable in her braces, her parents asked Guillemette to personalize them for her.
Here we have Guillemette and Hope admiring the awesome designs they came up with in the tattoo shop.
When asked to create the designs for Hope, Guillemette jumped at the chance. “I’m glad to be in a position where I can help the community,” he said.
Like many young girls, Hope likes Disney. But instead of the princesses, Hope is drawn to the villains, so she chose Ursula from The Little Mermaid and Cruella DeVille from 101 Dalmatians to grace her leg braces. She’s obviously a bit of a badass.
The finished product depicts two seriously tough ladies, which is only fitting for this strong little girl.
“She absolutely loved them. She screamed when she saw them. She can be shy sometimes, but when she saw them, she ran to Aaron and gave him a hug,” her mother said. Having an eight-year-old daughter of his own, it was also important for Guillemette to be a positive influence.
“I knew they would be very special for Hope, because even at that age, kids are so aware of fashion and style,” he said. “So instead of her being self-conscious about her braces, I thought it would be great for her to be proud of them.”
Even the initial sketches are amazing!
Hope’s classmates agree that the decorated braces are pretty cool, and her story has even reached a few celebrities, who think her new look is amazing. Hope may face more challenges as she grows, but as of now, she can sleep a little better at night knowing that her community will support her every step of the way.