My mother attempted to have my father arrested after he allowed me to get a tattoo when I was 16 – I haven’t stopped since.
Casey Victory had no idea when she got her first tattoo that her decision would land her father in prison.
Her mother, however, was so upset about the dream catcher on Casey’s ankle that she filed charges against her daughter’s father, threatening him with up to five years in prison.
Casey had wanted an ink since she was 13, and her father agreed to let her get one when she was 16, the legal age to do so in Sydney, Australia.
The charges were eventually dropped, and Casey, now 18, hasn’t let the incident deter her from getting more tattoos.
“I hadn’t spoken to my mother in three years when I got my first tattoo at 16, so when she brought my father to court, it only made me want to avoid her even more,” she tells the Daily Star.
“I haven’t had any contact with my mother in years, and I’m not sure I ever will.”
Bradley, Casey’s father, is a fellow tattoo fan who has his daughter’s name tattooed on his bicep.
He wholeheartedly supported his daughter’s decision to get her first tattoo, which served as a reminder to her to never give up on her dreams.
When his ex-wife, Nadine Rae-Rees, found out, she was furious.
Bradley was charged with assault resulting in actual bodily harm and wounding a person with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and she began legal proceedings against him.
“I didn’t think she’d actually take me to court,” Casey says.
If he had gone to jail for something I chose, I wouldn’t have been able to forgive myself.”
Despite the strain, Casey says the ordeal has only strengthened her relationship with her father.
“I don’t regret my tattoo, even though it caused me and my father some grief,” she continues, “but it has also made me a stronger person.”
It’s also shown me who my mother is as a person.”
Casey has continued to get tattoos, with a rose entwined with a rosary and the words “Dad, Pop, and Nan” inked on her arm, as well as a quote that says, “Where there is family, there is love.”
It’s a nod to her father and grandparents, who brought her up.
She now intends to have a full sleeve tattooed on her arm depicting her life’s stages.