Mark's head tattoo tribute to brother who battled Covid-19 and cancer

Mark Flewitt's head tattoo in memory of his brother, Steven, shows hair being cut with a lawnmower

Mark Flewitt's head tattoo in memory of his brother, Steven, shows hair being cut with a lawnmower - Credit: Lucky 13 Tattoo Studio

Ipswich construction worker Mark Flewitt has had a head tattoo done in tribute to his brother, Steven, who died after battling cancer and Covid-19.

Mark, 50, has so far raised nearly £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support after deciding to be tattooed with the unusual design, which shows a lawnmower cutting hair.

Mark Flewitt mowing his lawn in Ipswich before having a lawnmower head tattoo done

Mark Flewitt mowing his own lawn in Ipswich before having a lawnmower head tattoo done to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care in memory of his brother, Steven - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

"I came across a photo of this tattoo online and I felt a connection with my brother, when he lost his hair due to the chemotherapy. We had spoken about needing a lawnmower last summer to cut our hair if we had another lockdown," he said.

"I know my brother would have found this quite humorous, so in his memory I decided to have it done."

Family and friends have previously paid tribute to "gentle soul" Steven, who passed away in February,  after sadly losing his battle against coronavirus following a brief hospital stay. 

Steven Flewitt

Steven Flewitt died after battling cancer and Covid-19. His brother, Mark, is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Care in his memory - Credit: Family of Steven Flewitt

The 67-year-old had been shielding against the virus, while showing positive signs that chemotherapy was helping him beat lung cancer.

Mark decided to raise money for Macmillan because of their help and support for Steven. He said: "During the time he was receiving the cancer treatment, he and his wife Jean had the most valuable and loving support from Macmillan Nurses."

He added: "I've had a really good reaction to the idea. The family was really pleased."

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Mark enquired at a couple of tattoo studios, and Paul Stansby at Lucky 13 Tattoo Studio in St Margaret's Street, Ipswich, agreed to do it free of charge.

Ciro De Lellis at Fircroft Hairdressing also cut Mark's hair without charging ahead of the tattoo.

Paul Stansby from Lucky 13 Tattoo Studio in Ipswich at work on Mark Flewitt's tattoo

Paul Stansby from Lucky 13 Tattoo Studio in Ipswich at work on Mark Flewitt's tattoo - Credit: Lucky 13 Tattoo Studio

"I can't thank them enough for their support, at a time when they were both fully booked," he said.

Mark said it had all gone well. "Having a head tattoo was something I'd never experienced - I have got a couple of other tattoos but they were done years ago. It is tingling a bit but feels fine."

He added that he was likely to get some stick on building sites when people spotted his tattoo, but it would all be worth it.

To support Mark's fundraising, visit his JustGiving page.

Mark Flewitt with staff from Lucky 13 Tattoo Studio before his tattoo

Mark Flewitt with staff from Lucky 13 Tattoo Studio before his tattoo - Credit: Lucky 13 Tattoo Studio

Mark Flewitt is having a tattoo done on his head of a man mowing a lawn to raise money for Macmillan

Mark Flewitt is having a tattoo done on his head of a man mowing a lawn to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care. He is doing this in memory of his brother Steven who had cancer and passed away after contracting Covid. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant



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