Long gone are the days when a tattoo was a symbol of service to the army or memory of a loved one written in a banner, cross or flag combination across a man’s biceps. Everywhere you turn these days, tattoos are displayed across the very canvas of both male and female bodies alike. They have become a staple in culture, expression and the fashion world. So why is it so controversial when we speak or think of ‘moms’ getting inked?
Perhaps we are scared of the notion that if we have tattoo’s our children will want them too, maybe we feel like the example we put out in the world will reflect back onto us one day. Yes, our children watch and repeat almost every horrible detail of our beings but they also learn from our mistakes, grow to appreciate and make their own assumptions because well, hate to break it to you – they are their own people. Even if this notion were true, one day at some point they will come across a mother (just like yourself) that will be sporting a tattoo and chances are they will not be affected by it one bit.
Make sure to put thought into the pieces of art or words you chose, because then you always have a reason for your choice.
What happens when these little people actually want a tattoo and you’re worried they won’t get a job if they do? Visible tattoos in the workplace have been a taboo topic, and continue to be because of our lack of evolution. This is where education and personal choice must make a sacrifice in my opinion. Although people are starting to become more lenient when with the idea of seeing tattoos, having them in quick to notice areas may cause a problem in the workplace with employers as well as clients. Chose your subject matter carefully, and remember to keep the art simple and placed where it can be covered just in case you have to. Our children will luckily grow up in a world that is conditioned to appreciate individuals for who they are not what they look like – we hope.
Tattoos, like hair colour, makeup and clothing make us individuals NOT parents. They are simply accessories used as expression and artistic forms of projecting yourself to the world. Teach your children this, and the idea of a tattoo will not be a taboo topic for very long.
If you do decide to go through with it, be prepared to love the feeling! From first hand experience yes, they are highly addictive but it doesn’t mean your little will be covered in tattoos by the time they turn 20 either. The fact that you are getting ink’d now has nothing to do with their choice later. It is very unlikely they will decide to get a mural etched across their body anyhow. Unless they can withstand a major transformation! *insert sarcasm*
Whatever your take is on tattoo’s, I think it is pretty safe to say that the trend is growing and with it will come acceptance. Your little one will look up to you as their role model yes, but not as their stylist. Be who you want to be and express your love to them – regardless if you chose to rock a tattoo or not and in return they will appreciate you for it.