Daughter's tribute to Sir Paul skin-deep

Last updated 05:00 16/03/2013
Millie Elder got this tattoo of her father, Sir Paul Holmes, on her leg at an Auckland tattoo parlour this week.
LIKENESS: Millie Elder got this tattoo of her father, Sir Paul Holmes, on her leg at an Auckland tattoo parlour this week. She posted this image on Instagram.
Millie Elder
BACK INK: ''Blood makes you related, loyalty makes you family,’’ is on her back.
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Millie Elder has paid tribute to her late father, Sir Paul Holmes, by having his face tattooed on her thigh.

It was one of a series of tattoos she had inked during the past week, including a statement in Gothic script across her entire back saying: "Blood makes you related, loyalty makes you family."

Ms Elder, Holmes' adopted daughter, posted photographs of her new tattoos to the social photograph site Instagram.

The portrait image copies a black-and-white photo of Holmes at the microphone of a radio studio in his early days of broadcasting, complete with an afro haircut, goatee and cigarette in hand.

The tattoos were done by Blue Lotus Tattoo on Auckland's North Shore.

Holmes died, aged 62, last month, surrounded by his family at his Hawke's Bay home after battling cancer and heart problems.

At his funeral, Ms Elder paid tribute, using a quote from her father, similar to the sentiments she has now had inked into her flesh.

"Love always wins; it might take longer than evil or hatred but love always wins. Find out who you are and know who you are, and know your strengths and weaknesses. Be brave even if you are frightened. And don't worry if you are different from everyone else; we're all different," she read out at the funeral.

In 2007, she was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine. Holmes stood by her and ended up campaigning against the drug.

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