For most of his life, Michael Jackson was one of the most famous men in the world. Everyone knew the moonwalk and the words to at least one of his songs. He rose to levels of fame that up until that point in time, had seldom ever been reached before.
That's why his tragic death from cardiac arrest eight years ago shocked the world and truly took one of the world's greatest entertainers all too soon.
Few artists have had the reach and effect on the world the way that Michael Jackson did.
Though he died young, his family lives on.
Like the rest of his millions (billions?) of adoring fans, MJ's kids wish to pay their respects to the fallen star.
Let's take a look at the children he left behind with his untimely passing, as well as the moving tribute that his daughter gave him.
He had three children — Paris, Prince, and Michael Jr. (Blanket) — left behind to carry on his name.
via: InstagramSpeaking of 19-year-old Paris, to say she's into tattoos would be an understatement. Paris, who signed earlier this year with IMG Models, is said to have 50 different tattoos, and she recently added some more ink.
On June 25, the eighth anniversary of her father's death, she got the word "Applehead" inked on her foot.
via: InstagramShe posted a picture of the tattoo on Instagram, along with the caption, "With every step I take, you lift my foot and guide me forward. love you." “Applehead" was a term of endearment she and those close to the late singer would affectionally call him.
With fifty tattoos, it's no surprise this isn't the first one to honor her dad.
via: InstagramShe has the word "Bad" inked on her hand, in the same font as on Michael Jackson's album cover.
Here's a look at the album that inspired that tattoo.
She also has the cover art from her father's album Dangerous tattooed on her forearm.
via: Instagram“When I was a kid, I was with my dad and my two brothers," she told Harpers Bazaar. “Growing up, I was treated as the favorite because I was the only girl." “I was the princess; I was perfect in my dad’s eyes," she added. Despite that, she remained close with her brothers, and even has matching tattoos with Prince of the famous Chinese symbol of Yin and Yang.
That tribe is derived from this visual, an eastern-inspired piece that graced the cover his album as well.
Speaking of Prince, he has his own body art honoring Michael.
via: Instagram“Sometimes I feel like my big brother and I always think the same thoughts," Paris said. “He just doesn’t have a filter and always vocalizes them." And he wasn't done with tattoos yet either...
It's clear that honoring their father is a family affair, much as Michael's early career was with his siblings.
This one shows an illustration of Michael in one of his most iconic moves (his legs crossed and arms raised to the sky) and one of his most recognizable outfits.
via: InstagramProof that while he might be gone, a part of him with always be with his kids.