LARGO, Fla. (CNN) — A 4-year-old girl already has a budding career as a tattoo artist.
Tattoo artist Brad Bellomo is making his mark on the human landscape, with a body of work that covers as much of his skin as it does anyone else’s.
It came as no surprise to Bellomo hat his daughter Chloe, aside from being clever and cute, took to drawing at an early age, he said.
“But then seeing the art in here, with the ceiling, she had come in here a few times, watched other artists and myself doing the art on the ceiling there and she said, ‘I want to do one.’ And right away, (I) gave her the chance to do one right up here,” Bellomo said.
Spotting her innate talent, the doting father gave his daughter a chance and a needle and let his little girl leave her mark on him.
“The tattoo’s right in here,” Bellomo said. ” I mean, I only have so much space left, but it was a good spot where I could watch and see and guide her.”
When asked why she chose a strawberry, Chloe said, “because it was cute.”
When he posted the results on social media, it went viral before the ink could dry. Tens of thousands of comments were posted – some good, some bad.
“A lot of it is just someone saying that’s bad parenting, kind of, you know, or questioning parenting, but everybody’s kid is different,” Bellomo said.
This is more than artistry. For Bellomo, this is also a business, one that he’s built over the last three years, and like with any family business, he’d like to pass it down to his child.
“I’m not trying to push her into the career, but it’s an opportunity where she could do a few tatts get good at it, maybe an afterschool job versus McDonald’s,” he said.
According to Chloe, she already may penned her career.
“I like to paint my daddy,” Chloe said.