Tattoo artist gives woman with Down’s syndrome a ‘tattoo’ every week ‘to make her smile’

A tattoo artist has been giving a woman with Down's syndrome a fake tattoo every Friday so she can indulge in her love of body art.

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by Closer Staff |
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Four months ago, Down's sufferer Suzie Barry walked into Jason Ward’s New Zealand tattoo shop and asked for a tattoo.

Instead of turning Suzie away due to her disability, Jason decided to give her a false tattoo instead.

For the past four months, Suzie has visited Jason every Friday in order to replace her temporary ink with a new design.

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Jason also refused to charge for the art work, telling a The New Zealand Herald that he has ‘nothing but respect’ for his most regular client.

He said: “It’s crazy. Some people think it’s a publicity stunt but it’s not, it’s just an everyday thing…

“If you just do one thing for one person every day that makes them smile, then that’s your day. If everybody does that then everybody’s smiling.”

Suzia during her weekly appointment

According to Jason, Suzie has very specific tastes when it comes to tattoos.

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He told the newspaper: “She prefers Maori design, and apparently one of her caregivers just told me someone at a day base thing that she goes to, has Ta Moko all up their arm.

“Apparently she goes back there on a Friday and afternoon and compares them. She’s got a good spirit too you know.”

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