Columbia City ‘Tat Granny’ gets inked after viral TikTok video

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — TikTok’s “Tat Granny” finally got her ink after a video went viral on social media.

Earlier this month, Judy Dede, 82, of Columbia City went viral on video app TikTok after telling her granddaughter that she wanted a tattoo. After the video amassed more than 3.4 million views and 600,000 likes, Dede received offers for a free tattoo.

Dede ended up getting her ink, a music note with a cancer ribbon and heart, at Black Sheep Tattoo and Art Gallery in Fort Wayne. The music note is for the family and the heart is for all of those who have passed in the family.

As her granddaughter livestreamed Dede getting inked, comments poured in worldwide. From Pennsylvania to Australia to Wales, viewers encouraged Dede during the appointment.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Dede. “I never dreamed anything like this and the support that they’ve given me, and to support people all over the world, it’s just, like I said, amazing.”

Seven other family members joined Dede in getting the tattoo, and even more showed up for support at the appointment. She’s even considering getting a second tattoo for her birthday in June.

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