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Tauranga boy’s ‘tattoo’ goes viral

The child’s tattoo has gone viral, after he was visited by artist Benjamin Lloyd in hospital.
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A video of a five-year-old Tauranga boy getting a ‘tattoo’ has gone viral, after the artist shared it on social media channels.

Artist Benjamin Lloyd promised he would paint the children of Auckland’s Starship Hospital for free if he got 50 likes in 30 seconds on Facebook. And after successfully reaching his goal, Ben visited Starship on Sunday to bring some joy to some sick children.

After 10 minutes, Ben had created a masterpiece on Jin Whitehead, a little boy from Tauranga.

Using non toxic Indian ink that can be washed off with ease, Benjamin says it’s enough just to see the joy on the kids’ faces.

“The kids are so amazed. As soon as they get the tattoo it boosts their confidence,” he told the New Zealand Herald.

The process only takes a few minutes, thanks to specially cut stencils that Ben then just airbrushes over.

Ben says his skill developed after he started to cover up a burn on his arm during school time with artwork, something he says other kids found “amazing.”

The self-professed ‘struggling artist’ now has millions of views on his airbrushing video, which has gathered thousands of likes and shares.

Give it a watch above. It’s pretty amazing stuff.

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