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Artist gives this sweet lady with Down syndrome stick-on tattoos every week

Her smile is infectious.


Molly Stier


Published Mar 10, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 2:41 am CDT

Suzie visits tattoo artist Jason Ward every Friday to get a new addition to the temporary ink collection she proudly wears on her arms.

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The New Zealand tattooist has seen Suzie, who has Down syndrome, every Friday for the past three months. As soon as she shows up to his parlor, Muscle and Ink, he gets out his gloves, spray, and the whole tattooing package.

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“The first time she came in, she walked up to the desk, put her things on the desk, and said ‘put these on my arm,'” Ward told So Bad So Good. “She prefers Maori design, someone at her care facility has ta moko all up their arm. Apparently she goes back there on Friday afternoon and compares them.”

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Ward’s work is entirely free, and the two have built a friendship set to last as long as Suzie wants a new tattoo, at the very least. 

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Photo via Pamela Carls/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Mar 10, 2016, 8:07 pm CST