I’m not a very impulsive person — I tend to plan and dwell and weigh my options — but about a year ago I found myself in a tattoo parlor, inking my wrist. My husband (who is very much a tattoo lover) was planning on getting a tattoo of our son’s birthday in roman numerals, and before I knew it I found myself in the chair getting the number 27 tattooed on my wrist. To be fair, I have a long and eerie connection to the number 27 — way beyond superstition or coincidence — and it’s the most appropriate tattoo I could ever think of. It’s a reminder of the significant constant in my life — as well as my 2.7 baby. It’s me.
But now that my son is old enough to say, “Mommy, what’s that?” and “Mommy, draw on me,” I think, CRAP. What did I do?
When it comes to my own body, I love the idea of personalizing myself with something meaningful and important — but what about my child? With his pure, virginal, undamaged skin? Skin that I made from scratch? As much as I want him to be his own person — comfortably and confidently — I wonder how growing up with two tattooed parents will affect him. I wonder how that discussion will go. I wonder if it will encourage or discourage his own tattoo ideas. I wonder if it actually matters at all.
But then when I think beyond my newborn’s untouched skin — when I think about the person I’m raising him to be — I’m not sure I’ll be as anti-tattoo as I am now. We don’t have much say in the way we look, the way we act, the way we were made, but tattoos are a way of taking ownership of our bodies. Marking our stamp. Who am I to deny him that? I just hope it’s significant and creative. And that he thinks about it for longer than 20 minutes.
What about you? Are you an inked mom? If you’re looking for tattoo ideas, here are 15 cool ideas — especially for parents:
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