New Zealand tattoo artist Benjamin Lloyd recently began tattooing kids, an idea that came to him after his step son passed away aged 7, 2 years ago. Benjamin decided that he wanted to give sick kids a confidence boost while they fight their battles in the hospital.

This current project all started when he posted on Facebook a post of his friend’s son with a spray on (washable) tattoo, with the caption “Nothing brings me more joy than boosting a kids confidence with a custom tattoo 50 likes and I’ll go to starship hospital and tat all the kids up. It’s airbrushed on (not permanent) peace.”

His post didn’t just get 50 likes, so far it has 469 thousand, along with almost 259 thousand shares. Benjamin kept to his word and attended Starship Hospital in Auckland and tattooed some kids and now is regularly a visitor there.

The looks on their faces says it all.

Benjamin designs all the tattoo choices the kids want using freehand and also stencils and completes them in minutes only.

What a wonderful thing for Benjamin to do for these kids and their families, giving them some distraction for a day from the battles they are fighting.

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  • well how amazingly awesome. He certainly has a talent and a very kind heart.


  • If it gives these children some light-hearted fun then why not. Personally I don’t find tattoos appealing.


  • yeah it’s a bit of fun for the kids. what a nice guy!


  • As long as it’s not permanent, I guess its ok.


  • I don’t see a problem with them since they are not permanent ink tattoos. When you see the smiles on the children’s faces that says it all. You are a wonderful person to do this for them. Sorry that you lost your stepson but I’m sure that he loves what you are doing for all these kids


  • My first thought was of permanent tattoos and craziness. However, a temporary tattoo to give these sick children something different in their day, to boost their self esteem, and to distract them from their illness, can only be a good and positive thing.


  • Having experienced the pain of a child going through sets of chemo then loosing the fight, I can only imagine the joy you bring to these children. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your time and love you show these amazing children and bringing some love and light and fun and joy into their very hard and difficult journey’s.
    My sincere sympathy to you and your family for your loss and sending special love and thoughts to your Angel Son. xxx


  • this should not be allowed.. tattoos are for consenting adults not children who will be scared for life!

    • I’m sorry if I appear to be rude …but did you NOT READ the article. This is airbrushing and is not permanent ..(.not a traditional tattoo at all. ) The children can choose their designs and this wonderful young chap needs a HUGE Huge huge thank you for giving these children some joy.


  • This is such a cool thing to do. At first by the headline I thought he was tattooing them for real but I am so glad it is just airbrushing. They look great.


  • A modern take on face painting. Good on him


  • A great idea,the kids would love it!


  • What a beautiful idea.


  • Great work and I love his heart !!


  • Love this idea, it gives them a break from whatever is happening,


  • Although I wouldn’t like this – I am sure the children you work on are ecstatic about what you have done and feel in a happier place. Thanks for doing what you do and thanks for sharing it. Sorry about your child, may he RIP


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