Tattoo artist Aaron Guillemette may have been known to give customers the best tattoo there is in town but his latest client has given him a new appreciation for his art.
This came in the form 8 year old Hope Laliberte who asked to have tattoos for her leg braces. Born a premie, Hope has dealt with the medical challenges of having cerebral palsy, legal blindness and a rare form of epilepsy.
Although her twin sister Paige has had her fair share of health issues, Pamela, their mother shares that aside from wearing leg braces, she had to deal with the fact that she had to eat a specialized diet to control her epilepsy along with other challenges in her life. So when her daughter asked to have tattoos on her leg braces she did not hesitate to make it work.
However, instead of the typical Disney princesses, Hope opted to have Disney villains instead to be placed on her new set of leg braces.
“I’m glad to be in a position where I can help the community in any way. When I was first approached about designing Hope’s braces, I thought it would be an awesome idea — especially when I heard what the subject matter would be. Hope wanted Disney Villains on her braces, not princesses,”
Guillemette said in an interview with TODAY. His daughter, Ava who goes to the same school as Hope does, describes her strong spirit despite being in leg braces which made him all the more happy to do it.
“As a family, we do whatever we can to make Hope happy. Anything we can do to make her smile, we do. So this was one of those things — she had her heart set on Disney Villains, and since the brace clinic didn’t offer that as a design, we asked Aaron to help us,”
Together with his team at Up in Flames Tattoo in Falls River, Massachusetts, decided to put The Little Mermaid villain Urusula and 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil on the braces. The designs were turned into labels to adhere to the plastic brace material and covered with polyurethane to keep the art from falling or scraping off.
“She absolutely loved them. She screamed when she saw them. She can be shy sometimes, but when she saw them she ran to Aaron and gave him a hug, She loves wearing them now. At bedtime, she reminds me that she gets to wear her braces tomorrow.”
Hope’s father, Aaron shared in an interview with TODAY.
“I knew they would be very special for Hope, because even at that age, kids are so aware of fashion and style. So instead of her being self-conscious about her braces, I thought it would be great for her to be excited and proud about them. The look on her face when I gave them to her was worth everything it took to make them,”
Guillemette shared. It also seems that Hope’s classmates weren’t the only ones who though her leg braces were amazing. Aaron shares that even celebrities like Lil Wayne and Ashton Kutcher shared her story on social media.