Tattooing through Asperger's Syndrome

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Asperger's Syndrome is a form of autism that affects communication skills.

A young Jonesboro man is defying the odds of the disorder which often keeps folks from holding regular jobs where they have to work with people.

Zack Hodge has always been passionate about drawing and art and he dreams of one day holding a job in the industry of tattooing.

However, Shelby Knight, who works with other special needs children and adults, says his communication disorder often keeps people like Zack from being able to keep their jobs.

That's why Shelby and Zack's mom are so impressed by Zack's internship at a Jonesboro tattoo shop. "Learning the costs of the tattoo, learning to deal with a customer...that's the stuff you and I would pick up. He's having to be taught," said Shelley Hodge.

Zack is still practicing his new craft. However, Zack's mom, grandmother and even father all say they have at least one tat by Zack.

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