Patients from a children’s hospital in New Zealand will be receiving a unique treat from an airbrush artist.
As promised on Facebook, Auckland-based veteran artist Benjamin Lloyd will be giving realistic-looking temporary tattoos to kids at Auckland’s Starship Children’s Hospital.
The airbrush artist of 10 years initially shared photos of the fake custom “tattoo” of skulls and roses he gave to a friend’s son on Facebook. The young boy can be seen beaming with a smile as he is inked. He also posted a pledge along with the photos and video: “50 likes and i’ll go to Starship Hospital and tat (sic) all the kids up.”
Within 24 hours, netizens responded overwhelmingly with over 400,000 likes and almost 10,000 comments.
Committed to honoring his promise, Lloyd has been in contact with hospital administrators to schedule the tattoo marathon. He is currently preparing for it by creating a variety of stencils for the kids.
In the past he has given a number of children the airbrushed artwork to help with their self esteem.
“The kids are so amazed. As soon as they get the tattoo it boosts their confidence,” he told the NZ Herald.
The thought of giving sick children the same much-needed confidence gave Lloyd the idea of sharing his talents with the pediatric hospital. Using non-toxic ink that can easily be washed off in the shower, his temporary tattoos usually takes just a few minutes to finish.