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Inked: Dads with tattoos

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Dads' stories are on their skin

Dads are so important in our lives and the lives of our children. If the sight of a tattooed man with his child makes your heart leap, do we have a collection for you! We found some of the coolest, most interesting and heartwarming pictures of tattooed dads and their kids — and the stories to go along with them.

Troy Ven Salzer's tattoo pictureTroy Ven Salzer

Troy, father of two from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, pictured with Lenore and a tattoo of his daughter he lost to SIDS, Scarlette

"When my 5 1/2-month-old daughter, Scarlette, passed away, a friend who owns a tattoo shop mentioned doing a memorial piece for me. I looked through portfolio photos to get an idea of what I wanted, and I settled on a portrait. The day my wife and I were driving up for the tattoo appointment, we got the autopsy reports confirming it was SIDS. At that point there was a moment of clarity — there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to go through with this portrait tattoo.

I remember telling our oldest daughter, Lenore, that daddy was sad because he misses her baby sister. That's why I got a tattoo, to remind myself every day of her short, but life-changing presence. Now every time Lenore sees the tattoo, she smiles and mentions her baby sister Scarlette. This was my first tattoo, and took over seven hours, but it was worth the pain and has greatly helped the grieving process."

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