Recently, I’ve seen a trend for parents, generally mothers, to take their teenagers in for a tattoo. Not just a little daisy on the ankle or a heart on the shoulder (not that I think that is okay). Rather, I see LARGE tattoos stretching from elbow to wrist, tattoos that cover the calf, tattoos that creep up from the collar. Once I saw a young man, age 14, who had his grandmother's and mother's names tattooed down his arms. I kid you not. His mother and grandmother were just so tickled that he "loved them enough to want their names on his body." Good god. Did they stop to consider that mama's boys are particularly unattractive? His grandmother's name contained 7 letters (each 1.5 inches high). His mother's name had 9 letters but he used a smaller font.
His GRANDMOTHER'S name!! (she isn't even dead).
Knowing that someone has tattooed my name on their body seems... weird. God forbid my kids did such a thing. I would get them into psychotherapy.
A current trend with young people is to have a tattoo of their child's name put on their arms, generally stretching about 8 inches. I wonder where they are going to put the tattoos for subsequent children? Would you really want to see your name on your parent's arm? Sometimes I wonder if these parents stop for two seconds and consider that while they may feel all warm and fuzzy about their newborn baby - they generally don't have the same love affair feelings towards their own parents, regardless of how much they love them. Personally, most people would rather their elderly parents have a life separate from doting on them.
But I digress. Yesterday, while waiting for court, a beautiful young lady sitting next to me delightedly wanted to show me her new tattoo that was given to her as a 16th birthday present by her mother.
God, I hate it when that happens. They are so exuberant and you don’t want to say anything after the cow is out of the barn – but what are the parents thinking??
She flips around and there on her lower back is a LARGE, at least 8 inches across, tattoo of angel wings with the words “Baby Girl” scrolled on top. There was a cherub reclining on the wings.
Here is a site that has something relatively similar - just imagine the cherub and the words superimposed on top - tattoo
It is the one a little bit down the page captioned not another "tramp stamp."
(note to readers, that site seems okay but if you google tattoo sites be prepared for a lot of security alerts to go off on your virus protection).
“I warned her,” the mother said, sheepishly, “that when she is older, it might not look so good but she really wanted one. She began asking for one when she was fourteen and I’d been telling her to wait until she was sixteen. A lot of girls get one at the small of their back so no one can see it unless she is wearing her bathing suit”
How about telling that young lady, “NO,” I wonder, but what was the point in saying it aloud? I just thank goodness that she didn't tattoo the name of her current flame. I've seen that happen and in just that spot.
“Baby Girl, Huh?” I say. “Honey, when you are my age, they are going to think you are referring to a grand baby.
She was so thrilled with the tat that nothing I could say was going to do anything but dim her pleasure, so I just ruefully shook my head. My darling daughter-in-law has a tattoo in the same spot but I suspect her parent did not take her down at 16 to get it.
“Very trendy,” I smile.