Heartbroken woman after granny tattoo looks like Rod Stewart

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Sarah was devastated by the tattoo, which people say resembles Rod Stewart (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

Getting a tattoo of a deceased family member is meant to be a thoughtful, lasting tribute.

But one mum was heartbroken after her £250 tribute tattoo to late grandma Thelma Jackson “looked like Rod Stewart”.

Sarah Jackson, 38, booked to have a giant portrait tattooed on her upper arm at Creative Tattoo in Warrington, Cheshire after her usual tattoo artist went on hiatus.

However, when Sarah received the tattoo, she burst into tears and was too embarrassed to wear short-sleeved clothes.

Sarah posted the original picture of her smiling grandmother on Facebook and compared it to her new addition.

The tattoo shows Thelma’s gray hair has been shaded black with goggle-like glasses and a masculine nose.

Sarah had saved six months for the tattoo and social media users were quick to point out the resemblance to Maggie May hitmaker Rod Stewart.

Sarah’s son even thought the tattoo was a portrait of his grandfather instead.

PICTURE BY Kennedy News and Media (SHOWN: CREATIVE TATTOO OF WARRINGTON'S TATTOO OF GRANNY THELMA JACKSON, WHO DIED AT AGE 86, ON THE ARM OF HER DAUGHTER SARAH JACKSON - BUT PEOPLE SAY IT LOOKS MORE LIKE ROD STEWART) A mother with a fractured Herzen was left in tears as she claimed a £250 tribute tattoo of her late grandmother

The tattoo covers Sarah’s entire upper arm (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

PICTURE BY Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: SARAH JACKSON, WITH HER GRANDMA THELMA JACKSON WHO DIED ON HER WEDDING AGE AGED 86 - THIS PICTURE WAS USED FOR THE TATTOO) A heartbroken mother was left in tears as she claimed , paid $250 Her late grandma's tribute tattoo

Sarah feels the tattoo doesn’t capture the essence of her late grandma (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Rod Stewart attends the Sun's Who Cares Wins Awards 2021 at The Roundhouse on September 14, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Many believe the tattoo reveals the likeness of rock and pop icon Rod Stewart (Image: WireImage)

She says her late grandmother would have gone mad at the prospect of being compared to the star – and she hated tattoos anyway.

Sarah now has to undergo numerous laser treatments to remove them.

She said: “When people said it looks like a man I just sat there and cried my eyes out. I’ve seen people say it looks like Rod Stewart.

“I looked forward to having the constant memory of her, that’s how I express myself.

“I’m heartbroken again. It’s a photo that means a lot to me and it was on her sympathy card.

‘Her lips, her chin, her eyes, they all look fake. She doesn’t even have an eye on her left side and she had white hair, not black hair.

“If you look down on it, it looks very different. I didn’t realize how bad it was until about five weeks later.

“When I showed it to a friend, she said her tattoo artist said he had never seen anything so shocking in his life. That’s when I realized and started to cry.

“I did the Facebook post because I wanted other people’s opinions, but I wish I hadn’t actually done it because it just hurt.

“I was embarrassed to wear sleeveless tops and at work the bottom of my tattoo was sticking out. I tried to ignore it more than anything and get it out of my head.

“I’m not an artist but I love to draw and when I lost my grandma I drew a picture more like her than this tattoo.

“Even my little boy asked if it was his grandfather. I’m upset that I was left with this horrible portrait on my arm.

“I asked my friend’s tattoo artist if there was a way to fix the problem and he said we can’t.

“It’s ironic because my grandma hated tattoos so she definitely wouldn’t have liked this one. She would have gone mad.”

Sarah has now met with Creative Tattoo and they have agreed on a full refund and compensation package.

Sarah added: “When I told him I didn’t like it he said to come back. He said he would be doing more shading and that he still had some work to do. But if he did more, it would be a big black blob.

“There is no sorting. I don’t think I could go through that again because it was awful.

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