Dad gets tattoo to match 9-year-old son’s burn scars

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FESTUS, Mo. – Joel Thomas is no stranger to the tattoo parlor, but he says his latest piece of art has a special meaning.

After his son was badly burned in an accident, Thomas decided to get the same scars inked on his own leg so his son wouldn’t be alone in his recovery.

“I’ve been getting tattooed for a long time, but this one means everything,” he told KTVI. “It represents, that no matter what happens in life, you can’t break the bond of a father and son.”

It’s been just over one year since Thomas’ 9-year-old son, Landon, accidentally fell into a bonfire, severely burning his leg.  He was released after nearly two weeks in the hospital, but his pain and scars would last much longer.

“You never want to see your kids go through pain of any kind,” Thomas said.  “But to…

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