SAULT STE. MARIE —
An 86-year-old Sault Ste. Marie man is tackling his bucket listing together with his first tattoo honouring his late mom.
Pasquale Lento’s mom handed away in 1946 when he was 13-years-old.
As a younger grownup, Lento knew he wished to do one thing to honour her, and greater than half a century later, Lento got here up with an thought.
Ten years after deciding on what he was going to do, he lastly advised somebody, his granddaughter, Jocelyn Fremlin.
“I simply wasn’t positive if he was really in the correct frame of mind. I simply didn’t know what to consider it. I used to be in shock, to be trustworthy,” mentioned Fremlin. “I took out my cellphone and recorded the cellphone dialog as a result of I simply couldn’t consider it.”
Lento determined he wished to get the one image he has of his mother tattooed on his left arm. So at age 86, he went right into a tattoo parlour for the primary time and sat down for a four-hour session.
“It makes me really feel good. I look within the mirror and I see my mother right here. It makes me really feel good, I’m so comfortable now,” mentioned Lento.
Fremlin mentioned her grandpa waited so lengthy to get the tattoo due to his conservative Italian upbringing, however over the previous couple of years, he has began to cross off gadgets on his bucket listing.
“He advised me he was slightly bit afraid of what his associates and what folks take into consideration doing the issues that he did,” she mentioned.
Lento is not alone in dashing to the tattoo chair to get some contemporary ink.
Katrina Thibodeau was Lento’s tattoo artist and she or he is the proprietor of Discover The Canvas Studio. She mentioned she has seen a requirement in enterprise for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
“Enterprise is nice. It’s sort of humorous, I feel persons are doing their bucket listing stuff now. They’re like ‘Oh you understand we have been slightly bit scared and this bizarre factor occurred’ they usually need to go get their first tattoo,” mentioned Thibodeau.
When requested if Lento will get a tattoo on his different arm, his response was “no,” only one for his mom.
“I feel a very long time of my mother. And I mentioned earlier than I die, I will have one thing with me there,” mentioned Lento.