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A mum regretted warning her son not to get a tattoo - after the cheeky lad got her stern words permanently inked on his arm.
Donna Rooks thought she was being pranked when she received a message that showed her own words tattooed on her son Hunter's arm on Sunday.
Student Hunter had gone into travelling tattooist Gregory Watkins' parlour Blu Gorilla Tattoo Full-on-Custom in Charleston, South Carolina, when he revealed his unusual request.
The 25-year-old customer had been messaging his mum Donna, 51, asking for advice on what art to have done, but she wasn't particularly keen on the idea.
Donna told Hunter: "If you dont have a need for one dont get it. Tattoos are for something important [sic]."
Wise words, many would say. However, rather than take her advice, mischievous Hunter instead looked Gregory straight in the eyes and told him he wanted the above text message on his arm - complete with '- mom' attached at the end.
Tattooist Gregory agreed, but on the condition Hunter send a picture of the finished ink in a message to his mum so they could both see her reply.
After 30 minutes of work, the tattoo on his left bicep was complete. Hunter sent a picture to Donna, to which she jokingly replied: "I am gonna beat you."
A Facebook post of the hilarious exchange has been shared more than 23,000 times in the last three days.
Donna, a sheriff's office manager from Gay, Georgia, said: "I thought it was fake. I had to Google for fake tattoo apps for a long time. Finally, I asked [Hunter's girlfriend] Katie whether he had really done it.
"When she sent me the picture of her with it, I just couldn't believe he would do that. Hunter knows I am not normally a fan of him getting tattoos but honestly I love it.
"It is an example of our fun-loving relationship and I'm happy if it makes him happy."
Tattooist Gregory Watkins - who has been an artist for 24 years - had never been asked to do anything like it before.
Gregory, from New Orleans, Louisiana, said: "It was so unbelievably funny I couldn't refuse.
"When I looked at the phone and only saw the message, I was confused as I didn't see an image [to tattoo]."
He went on: "I had never heard of anything like this so started laughing at what he was suggesting and wanted to do it.
"Everyone was laughing under their breath as the tattoo machine buzzed away. When it was done he took a picture and sent it to his mum and moments later he got a text saying 'I am gonna beat you'.
"We fell about laughing as he replied again in turn 'I'm gonna beat you -mom.. Next tat'. None of us could contain our laughter and with a smile we bandaged the tattoo."
Gregory concluded: "All in all, I believe his mum was such a good sport about it. He told me she was an amazing woman and very cool about the silly stuff he does and his sense of humour.
"It was an endearing idea for a tattoo from a very special person in his life making for a very special tattoo that she picked for him, unbeknownst to her.
"It made my day and it certainly brought a smile to my face."
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