Dad’s tear-jerking tattoo tribute to grandad showing moment he cradled baby girl

A loving father has honoured his late grandad with a tattoo showing the poignant moment he met his great-granddaughter for the first time.

Macca Harper, 26, had the exact replica of an image capturing the moment his grandad held his little girl – three months before he passed away from cancer on his 70th birthday,

Elsie was only a couple of weeks old at the time and despite John’s usually tough exterior as a 'man's man', according to Macca, the joy on his face is clear for all to see.

He said: "That moment is so special to me.

"My grandad was diagnosed with cancer just after we found out Elsie was coming and I was worried that he would pass away before she arrived.

"Luckily he didn't and we managed to get this amazing photo.

"Elsie will never know her granddad but this photo will live on forever and when she's bigger I can show her."

Macca, a gas technician from Doncaster, South Yorks, added: "I wanted to do something special to remember my granddad and thought a tattoo would be good.

"He was covered in them so I think he would approve.

"My granddad was a pretty tough, old fashioned man but whenever we took Elsie to see him he would light up.

"You can see it in the picture, and now the tattoo as well."

Elsie, who turns one next month, is the first girl in the family since John's sister was born and is named after his mum.

Macca spent a whopping nine hours getting the £800 work done on Saturday at a studio in Sheffield called Redemption Tattoo Studio.

He said: "I'm over the moon with how it has come out, it's the perfect tribute to him.

"The artwork itself is unreal, it looks exactly the photo and that's just what I wanted. I couldn't be happier with it."

In the wake of his grandad's death, Macca penned a heartfelt poem, which is written in ink below the main tattoo.

It says: “Those we love don’t stay. They walk beside us every day.

“Unseen unheard but always near. Still loved still missed and held so dear.”

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