CNN PRODUCER NOTE Stepherk, 23, got this tattoo of Max from Maurice Sendak's 'Where the Wild Things Are' on her left foot about four years ago. She says her dad used to read the book to her every night when she was a child, and would let her make up her own version sometimes. 'He always called me his little monster,' she said. 'When I first learned what a tattoo was ... I knew I wanted to remember the feelings I got when my dad started talking about the wild rumpus.' When she learned that Sendak had died Tuesday, she felt 'as though a distant cousin had passed away.' She used the Instagram app to filter this image.
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer