A New Zealand dad of three got his first (and most likely
only) tattoo for his daughter. Alastair Campbell's 6-year-old daughter Charlotte is profoundly deaf and has to wear a cochlear implant. And now,
Campbell wears one too.
Campbell's tattoo is a replica of a cochlear implant, a
surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound. His tattoo
is above his left ear and matches the one that Charlotte has worn for the past
"It was a personal thing for me. My wife doesn't like
tattoos, and I thought about this for a long time," Campbell told
Today.com. "It wasn't an easy decision, but it was for Charlotte. I wanted
to show her, hey, I could go for a little bit of pain, too, even though it's
nothing compared to what she goes through."
Campbell shared a photo of his new tattoo on Facebook, and
the post went viral. The response has been mostly supportive, but there has also
been backlash from the deaf community. Some people dislike cochlear implants
and are unhappy with Campbell's decision.
"I say, forget about the haters and the negative
people," Campbell told Today.com. "I've seen some pretty negative
stuff. It doesn't bother me one little bit. It doesn't get me down. I just
think, 'Well, that's your opinion. This is my child, and I've made the best
decision for my child.'"
Charlotte is, for the most part, unaware of the attention she
and her dad have been receiving. Even after she saw her dad's tattoo, she didn't
seem to fully understand.
"I said, 'What are you thinking?' And she goes,
'Cool,'" Campbell told Today.com. "And then she looked around to my
other ear to see if I had one tattooed on the other side. Then I said, 'That's
for you, darling.'"