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This Tattoo Artist Retouched His Wife's Tattoo Of Their Trans Son To Reflect His True Identity

"I think it really reaffirmed, for him, that we believed him."

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Steve Peace, a Calgary, Canada-based tattoo artist, recently retouched the tattoos he gave his wife, Lindsay, over 10 years ago. Her ink includes three small portraits of their children: Elliot, Hamish, and Ace.

The portrait of their oldest son, Ace, who is a 15-year-old trans teen, needed considerably more retouching. Completed before Ace came out, the portrait wasn't an accurate representation of their son:

"A lot of trans people don't like pictures of themselves from their past," Steve told BuzzFeed News. "That's one that sort of walked around with us, as a family." The father of three added that when strangers asked about his wife's tattoos, it would create an uncomfortable situation to always have to explain the image of Ace, who is now 15 years old. Instead of having his wife undergo laser removal of the tattoo, Steve decided to simply update the portrait. On his Facebook page, Steve wrote, "We need to update the tattoo to fully represent who he is in his happy new awesome life."
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"A lot of trans people don't like pictures of themselves from their past," Steve told BuzzFeed News. "That's one that sort of walked around with us, as a family."

The father of three added that when strangers asked about his wife's tattoos, it would create an uncomfortable situation to always have to explain the image of Ace, who is now 15 years old.

Instead of having his wife undergo laser removal of the tattoo, Steve decided to simply update the portrait. On his Facebook page, Steve wrote, "We need to update the tattoo to fully represent who he is in his happy new awesome life."

In the retouching, Ace's pink dress was turned into a blue T-shirt and shorts. If you look closely, you can see the purple bow was transformed into a slingshot.

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Steve and Lindsay surprised their son with the final transformation, which took only about one hour to draw up and complete.

"I think it really reaffirmed, for him, that we believed him," said Steve. "Parents often sit in the closet themselves. This was putting it out there."

Ace was thrilled with the final product, and told Global News, "It made me really happy, I didn't realize how much she believed me. It finally fits."

The tattoo shop where Steve works shared the special image on their Facebook page. The response has been overwhelmingly positive:

The icing on the cake for Steve? "My wife got to keep her tattoo."

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