Christopher O'Connell memorialised his father's passing with a special tattoo on his right side. Names and terms of endearment are popular tattoos in Ipswich.
Christopher O'Connell memorialised his father's passing with a special tattoo on his right side. Names and terms of endearment are popular tattoos in Ipswich. Claudia Baxter

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IPSWICH inkers are opting to have a permanent reminder of a loved one's passing etched on their skin.

Commemorating passed family members and brandishing the names of children are the latest tattooing trends to hit Ipswich.

Tattooist Tina Johnson said getting the names and birth and death dates were the most common requests.

She sees more and more Ipswich people sitting in her tattooist chair at Heritage Custom Tattooing on Limestone St making the same request.

Ms Johnson said the dates were often intertwined with art work to leave fitting tributes.

Among her clients making the lasting tribute were the family and friends of the two men killed in North Ipswich in January.

"There's been quite a few with the memory tattoos. I think the most recent one was for the stabbing victims in North Ipswich."

She said some of the victim's family members from New South Wales came to the shop in the days after the tragedy to remember the young man.

"They explained what they wanted in it - a cross and a motorbike helmet - his full name and the dates of his birth and death.

"It's more for people who have passed or for children. It's not so much for partners."

Goodna resident Chris O'Connell commemorated his father's life with a piece of artwork shortly after he passed away late last year.

He and his siblings each got the same tattoo, bearing a crowned heart and the message, "forever in our hearts".

Mr O'Connell felt it was the natural way to remember his dad.

"I did want to get something for him. Tina drew something up and she showed it to me. When I saw it I said 'I want it done'," he said.

"I've got an older and younger brother and a sister and we all wanted to get it done."

It was not Mr O'Connell's first tattoo and his artwork often leads to questions from intrigued passers by.

"A lot of people ask questions. Most people see it and they ask, but for me it is a natural thing to do."

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  • David Beckham, Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts are among celebrities with their children's names tattooed.
  • Asian characters and the coy fish are popular designs.
  • The longest tattoo session recorded is more than 50 hours and held by an American man.


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