The smaller face belongs to Sechrist’s son, Perseus, who had an apparent brush with death that prompted his father to pay tribute to the child in the most physically manifest way imaginable, according to the New York Daily News.
The tattoo has drawn a mostly harsh reaction on social media after it bubbled up on the “Trashy” subreddit last week.
“He covered half his face with someone who has genetically half his face,” one commenter pointed out.
“I would love to understand the thought process here,” another commenter wrote.
“No thought. Process over,” a final user replied.
With the confidence you’d expect from a man willing to stamp his progeny’s likeness on his own face, Sechrist appears to be pleased with the decision.
“Thanks Cody Gibbs for doing awesome work on me!” he wrote on his Facebook page after posting an image of the tattoo before it garnered 27 “likes.” “Looks just like my son.”
“Beautiful tattoo of a beautiful face on top of another beautiful face,” he added when another Facebook user protested.
Sechrist, who is studying to become an electrician, didn’t detail why he opted for a face tattoo as opposed to any other area, but told Buzzfeed that he has loved body art “for as long as he can remember.”
As for his son, who has grown accustomed to looking into a fleshy mirror each time his father cranes his neck right, well, he “loves it,” Sechrist said.
He said the people close to him — including his girlfriend — have mixed opinions on the face tattoo, but contrary to what many think, it hasn’t affected his ability to hold down a job. The pain wasn’t “too bad,” he said on Facebook, aside from the ear, which was the worst part.
“That’s up from 13 percent in 2007,” Fox notes.
For others, it’s just another patch of skin.
“I’m not judging tho,” one Facebook user wrote. “I think it’s great work. But society frowns upon face tattoos.”
“Well my son looked at it n smiled so that’s all I care about,” Sechrist replied.