It’s time to talk tattoos, Pranksters!

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34 Responses to Wherein I Blather On About Tattoos.

  • Pamela Gold says:

    I love tattoos. I have three of them and plan on getting a butt load more. It’s not trashy at all. I see a mom with tattoos and I think, Wow…there’s a mom with a creative edge. She’s not uptight and willing to be open.

  • Brandon says:

    Soccer moms getting tatts? Are they like the decals on the back of the mini vans, with the kid’s uniform number and a huge soccer ball?

    Or worse, the stick figure families??

    I kid, I kid. I think Tatts in the 21st century are no big deal. Society has loosened up enough where you’re going to get judged and shunned less often.

    Unless you’re in fucking Eastern Idaho…. people here will say “Oh you poor thing” and try to ‘fix you’ by coaxing you into their church.

  • Christina says:

    I’m a tattooed 38 (almost 39) year old Mom. I got my first tattoo at 18 and have continued since then whenever I have the money. I love tattooed Moms! I agree with the above poster and tend to think they are the kind of Mom I’d like to get to know. Tattoos are definitely much more accepted these days. But they are not the norm yet, thankfully!
    I love your tattoo! It’s beautiful and I think it’ll look even more beautiful when you finish it. If I had more money I would have had many more tattoos by now, I tend to mark important stages of my life with ink.

  • I’m 43 and have 5 tats, 12 earrings – I’ve had my right nip pierced 3x (none of them healed right, so I had to abandon that issue). I just got my last tattoo in July and I LOVE it. If you’re on my Facebook, it’s on there. ;-)

  • Kelly says:

    I don’t have tattoos, but my mom does. ;) They’re not my thing, but I can see the beauty in artistry in them. I know moms of all different “types’ with tattoos, so I don’t think there’s a mold anymore. If the president of the PTA is rocking a tat (granted, a dolphin jumping over a rainbow), then anyone can get one.

  • Neeroc says:

    I love tattoos, I’ve always wanted tattoos, but I’ve 1 – never found something I want on my body for the rest of my life and 2 – found someone I trust enough. I’m also very glad I wasn’t the dumbass 18 year-old selecting from the flash walls. Well, I was, but see #2 above.

  • Tara R. says:

    I got my first tattoo on my shoulder when I was 37… yes, I was a soccer mom. A couple weeks ago (a few months shy of my 49th BDay) I got my second one, or rather added to the existing one. My daughter came with me to photograph the inking. She is 22 and got her first tat on her 18th BDay. This might be it for me, but I’m very happy with my tattoo and am very proud of it.

  • steph gas
    Twitter: stephgas
    says:

    i’m not a mom so i probably shouldn’t comment too much. but i love tattoos. my mom never got one but was okay with mine. she always said it was my body and i could do what i want to it. i have multiple tattoos and piercings. i feel that body modification is like an art form and my body is the canvas. i’m just making my outsides match my insides :P

    *also* if you go to the right tattoo shop, the flash on the walls should be good stuff. even if it’s flash, a good tattoo artist will make it his or her own and your own. most of my tattoos are flash pieces with alterations that make them mine. old style flash tattoos – think sailor jerry – are making a HUGE comeback and good tattoo shops will have a great selection of flash like that. my latest tattoo is flash and I LOVE IT <3

  • Vinobaby says:

    I am tatoo-free but I don’t have anything against them–well MOST of them. Personally, I’m just too moody and can’t decide on anthing I want on me FOREVER. I’ve seen some beautiful tatoos–pure artwork–but I’ve also seen crappy ones (and sat with friends while they got home-done ones).

    I think the ‘stigma’ and rebel image which went with rocking a tat is pretty much a thing of the past–unless someone is of an older generation (aka my MIL).

    I just say choose wisely. The chick I saw with SpongeBob on her calf and the oh-so-classy dame with the kid from Family Guy on her INNER thigh just might have the wrong idea.

    I’m just so freaking glad I talked my EX-boyfriend from getting my name on his back. eek.

    cheers.

  • CycleNinja says:
  • Melissa says:

    I don’t have anything against tattoos… I think it’s a personal choice. I personally don’t have any … yet. I haven’t found something that I’d want to keep on my body for, well, ever… or that’s different enough or meaningful enough or … just enough…. when I do, I will.

    I have a problem with calling moms with tattoos either trendy or trashy when one has nothing to do with the other really. I’d parent my daughter the same way with or without one… so why expect any differently of somebody else? For the record… I think your tattoos are beautiful.

  • Deanna says:

    I have four tattoos and want more, so I’m not judging most moms. But there is one: the top-of-boob tattoo. It’s a total coincidence and not the tattoo itself, but everyone who I happen to know who has one is pretty unlikeable. It’s tainted the whole thing for me.

  • ArykaNotErika says:

    I have 2 and am planning a third as soon as that extra cash comes through. Also, my nose, nipple and tongue are all pierced though I never wear my tongue ring anymore but i do periodically do a check to see if the hole is still open (it is!) . My significant other has full sleeves of tribal tattoos on both arms but she’s a musician so she can get away with that ! I think they are great !! I am all about body modification for numerous reasons though I have to say, I do have a bit of a judgemental streak for neck and face ink. I think I watched too many episodes of Lockup and Oz.

  • LC Scotty says:

    I think that if you are a woman of style, class and substance, your tattoos will reflect that style class and substance. If you are trashy, then that is what your tattoos will reflect. Designer curtains will not turn a shack into a mansion, and leg lamps won’t turn a mansion into a shack.

    So, like everything else it all depends on the individual.

  • Missy says:

    I have a motherfucking daisy on my ankle – because I have zero creativity and wanted to piss off my poodle skirt wearin’ mom. neat. Tattoos on anyone aren’t the shocker thing it used to be… No big.

    However… I know that I’m “old” now though because I cannot understand why the young whippersnappers these day like those ear grommet things that stretch out their lobes. (I don’t even know the cool term for it) MOTHER OF GOD – WHY? That is this generation’s shocking and distasteful “thing” and be the thing to do if my daughter wanted to piss me off as her mother.

  • marie says:

    MY mom wants to get one mow that I have one…Got it for my 29 and 364 day birthday. So I AM a 30 something mom, but NOT a soccer mom. I don’t conform to that status. I have RED streaks in my dark brown hair (and love it, and get TONS of compliments).

    I think individuality has hit a all time high. If I want to dye my hair and get bodyart to show my personal style, so be it. I’m not afraid of “class stigma” or getting looked down upon. Who the hell cares?

    I DO ride a motorcycle (not drive, hubby does that). I also read, write, take pictures, stay at home, go to church…none of those things singularly defines me as a person. I am a whole.

    I LOVE my tattoo, and have only gotten one semi-negative comment, from my aunt, who says the same as your mom, what if you don’t like it in 10 years. Well, I’m not 15. And it has meaning. THOSE are the tats I DON’T like. “Oh, look, a pretty butterfly…” Unless butterflies ACTUALLY mean something to you.

  • marie says:

    Click on my name and it’s a pic of the tat.

  • Well I’m a mom,my kids HAVE played soccer,and shocker of all shocker I have tats,and piercings,and umm still might listen to TOOL now and then lol. When my kids played soccer I used to joke that I was the hottest soccer mom in Williams(the small Arizona town we lived in at the time)

    I love my tats and get comments on them constantly especially my dragonflies going up my calf. I am looking forward to getting more.

    I’d like to think that this day and age it really doesn’t matter but I know there are still others out there that don’t agree with the whole “mom and tattoos” things

  • Kelly says:

    This hockey mom and retired member of the Junior League got a tattoo as a 40th birthday gift to herself. Yes, a “tramp stamp” but one of my own design. My sisters and my mom were APPALLED (still are) but it’s not affecting their lives and it’s not like they have to look at it.

    I’ve already designed my next one and when I have the disposable income to get it, I will.

  • I’m a 34 yr old mom and have piercings and tats. I try to keep them low key. The tats able to be covered up by clothing (or by wearing my hair down) when appropriate. I’m not ashamed of my tattoos at all. In fact, I plan to get at least a couple more. But I do realize that there are some times that maybe you want to be able to hide them.

  • Cece says:

    I have two tattoos. One o got when I was 18, the other this year. This years is my ‘family’ tattoo – here is a link http://child-bearing-hips.blogspot.com/2011/05/tattoos.html . I stressed for a bit about getting my second one (it’s more visible than my first – on the inside of my ankle) and then I realized. I wanted it. I needed it and now that I have it, I love it. Deciding what to get if the hardest part. Be sure you live it and you’ll never regret it. If you have an ‘idea’ a good tattoo artist should be able to help you design it.

  • Andrea says:

    A few years back while I was home with an 8 and 5 year old, my mom went on spring break, so to speak, and came home with a tatoo…when did my life become Freaky Friday part 2?

  • Lori says:

    I am a 49 year old mother of 4 and I got my first (and most likely only) tattoo on my 48th birthday. It’s in memory of my son. I have most definitely been a soccer mom, though all my kids are now grown. I love my tattoo. I can certainly appreciate the art that tattoos are, but I don’t personally love the all-over (especially on the face and neck) tattoos. That being said, my mom who is 68 has a tattoo (also in memory of my son). My dad was LIVID when she got it. He said she looked like a biker b!+_4! My mother is a lady from the top of her head to the soles of her feet. Both of my daughters have the same tattoo (slightly different versions) plus a couple more, and my younger son has a tattoo, also in memory of my son.

    I love most of the tattoos, but the peace sign (hand) that my youngest daughter got on her neck below her right ear right before she left for college 2 years ago didn’t (and still doesn’t) impress me.

    Here’s a link to my tattoo: http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com/2010/08/catching-up.html

  • Kristin
    Twitter: dragondream
    says:

    I’m have two tattoos and plan to get more.

  • Joules says:

    I’ve gotten 5 tattoos over the past 20 years and I love each and every one of them. I think it’s just another way to express and decorate yourself. They’ve done it around the world for eons, why the hell not?
    But yes, very mainstream now. Which I think is pretty fucking rad. It’s like we’re all going to eventually melt together in this big old pot and not have anything left to get up in arms about. Well, except for maybe cake. Or Cake. Men with beards can be very polarizing.
    Plus? You’re pretty. Vlog more.

  • I have a tattoo…on my back…one might even call it a “tramp stamp” – but not me. My best friend and I got matching ones during a trip we took to Louisville. Who takes a 17 hours road trip to Louisville – these girls!!

    WM

  • karen says:

    erm. I got nuttin. I’m more into the non-permanent body-painting stuff, you know, when I have the time to stay still enough to be painted. I love the idea of being able to wash it off. But then, that’s just me. I”m rather allergic to colour, and maintain a steadfast wardrobe of all black (pretty much). It’s not that I’m all goth or have a cool or slimming issue, it is that I used to sort of come into consciousness at some point in the day and wonder who the fuck dressed me in the AM. Keeping a wardrobe of a single colour (which truthfully is the presence of all colours) just allows me to match shit without thinking.

    I would die if I had colour on my skin for any longer than a few hours. die. a thousand deaths.

    But I love seeing them on everyone else. Than you for providing me with fabulous eye-candy, all of you. Tasteful or trashy. They are all full of The Awesome!

  • Kelli says:

    I, for one, LOVE TATTOOS and I always have! I am not a mom (I hope to be one day) and I have 3 tattoos. I don’t think that women who also happen to be mothers should be looked down upon because they chose to forever have a significant event or something extremely important to them there to remind them!!! It has always been my philosphy that if something makes you happy and it is something that has been thought out at length then there can be nothing wrong with it! I certainly do not think that your tattoos or mine will be something that will be regretted in the far future, we are growing up in an entirely different time period than our parents did and we often don’t see things like this eye to eye with them!

    I fucking love you, Aunt Becky, and everything that you have created through this awesome site and the other sites that you have started!! ROCK ON!!

  • VeryRusty says:

    Feh, I’m apathetic (not ambivalent) on this one. I’m not ever going to be a mom, and my only tattoos are self-inflicted. Or as most people call them, scars.

    What I do want is some of that bitchin’ cool music in the background of your little video, Aunt Becky. I want to stroll around life with that as my background theme – unless I can hire some cool doo-wop backup singers….

  • RyanAnn says:

    Had to chime in here with a funny “mom tattoo story”… When, I went to go get my second tattoo, I found out that they had changed the legal age from 18 to 21. So, at 20 years old and a mama myself, I had to have MY MOM sign for me. She agreed to come up there. So picture this, Im driving in my car with my best friend, my mom is driving behind me. All I can see in my rearview mirror the WHOLE way to the shop is my mom swearing up a storm about me mutilating my body. We get there and here we go. “RYANANN. ARE you CRAZY? WTF do you want to mutilate your body for? That is just stupid. Unreal. Disgusting… You….are….crazy. blah blah blah for a good 10 minutes.

    Flash forward- we walk in the shop and within a few minutes I hear my mom whisper, “RyanAnn… come here… how do you think this would look on me?’ YEP, my mom and I BOTH walked out of there with tattoos that day! Now, my mom has 5 (maybe 6?) tattoos- all of which (but one) I had to hold her hand through. LOL

    I have 20 something tats, lip pierced, nose pierced, my hair color changes every few weeks, and you know what? I wouldnt have it ANY other way. I have found (and maybe this is just MY experience and I know there are always some bad eggs in everything) that the “weirdo” moms like us- tend to be more accepting of other mamas.

    Also, just wanna say that I LOVE your blog. You always make me damn near spit whatever I’m drinking out through my nose. Refreshing to see more mamas with the same if not similar viewpoints that I have. :) Keep rocking it!

  • Choosy says:

    My husband has tattoos. And when we got together I told him I didn’t like it because I felt like I never got to see him naked.

    Fast forward eight years and I got involved in a shit storm and needed to cleanse my soul and document the storm I had weathered. And I have a beautiful tattoo on my shoulder blade. I had to get it somewhere I wouldn’t see it every time I looked in the mirror but I LOVE IT.

    I love what it stands for and what it looks like. I love that it hurt to do. And I love that it marks something so important that I needed to honor it, permanently. WIth art.

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  • I was THIS CLOSE to getting a dumb ass sun on my ankle when I was 18. Thank God I didn’t because I would hate it now. However, as one example, I think what you have on your back is absolutely stunning. Yes, I do think tattoos can be trashy, but most I see on the soccer moms of today when they have had them done, ahem, a bit later in life, are thoughtful and beautiful. That sun? Not so thoughtful.

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