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15-Year-Old Girl Gets Special Tattoo, With Mom's Permission

Most parents would flip if their 15-year-old child wanted to get a tattoo, or at least the mom or dad would tell the kid to wait until the age of 18. One mom was blasted on social media when she announced that she gave her daughter permission for the ink. The heartbreaking story behind the tattoo has many people on the mom's side.

Diana Register said that she gave her young teen daughter permission to get a tattoo, and she doesn't care what people think. The mom tells Inside Edition that the tattoo holds a special meaning to both of she and her daughter, Kaitlyn.

"I don't care what people think of the fact that I let her get a tattoo," Register said in an interview. "I think that those people who might be judging us are people who have maybe not suffered the kind of loss that she has."

Register's husband, Chad, sadly passed away two years ago of pancreatic cancer. He was a police officer, and Register's older daughter got a tattoo in honor of her father. Kaitlyn wanted to get one as well, and Register couldn't turn her down.

The tattoo is of Chad's badge number in Roman numerals. It is a small tattoo on Kaitlyn's ankle, reading ‘I IV IX’. Her older sister has an identical tattoo. Her mother has a tattoo in honor of Chad.

Register's tattoo is of Chad's EKG from the hospital just before he died. In this way, she feels she is able to keep her late husband close to her.

"I don't ever want to let him go," Register said. "That was one way to keep him close."

"I couldn’t think of a more beautiful tribute. In fact, it still takes my breath away," said Register in a social media post on the subject. "I started thinking about the meaning and it was so much deeper than just numbers. You see, after his valiant fight with his disease, his badge number has become synonymous with strength, courage and hope. That’s what it means to me, and clearly what it means to my kids."

Kaitlyn and her dad had a special relationship. When he was dying, she was in the room with him holding his hand. She held it until he took his last breath. The mom remembers when Chad was there to hold his daughter as she took her first breath.

After getting backlash from people who felt that a 15-year-old was just too young to have a tattoo, Register began defending the choice. Her story ended up on the Facebook page 'Love What Matters', and she's turned it into a best-selling book. 'Grief Life' was penned by Register, and is about how she and her daughters have struggled in the wake of their loss. She also shares her journey in a series of stores, entitled, "Journey With Grief."

Tattoos have become more and more mainstream, and thus socially acceptable for people to have them no matter what their age, gender or profession. Memorial tattoos have become a popular way for people to feel as though they are keeping their departed loved ones with them.

Some people get a full-blown portrait, complete with dates and moving quotes. For others, just a simple figure that reminds them of their loved one is all they need.

Source: Inside Edition
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