I've rounded up some of the worst things people have asked and said to tattooed parents. Some of these things can't even be serious.
For crying out loud, we live in the 21st-fu**ing-century and yet, the world is still overpopulated with ignorant people. Whose mindsets seem to have frozen at a time when tattoos are done in covert operations in which you decide to get inked at your own risk. They just can't let go of the fact that not all tattooed people nowadays come from gangs or just got out prison. People have already gotten over Justin Timberlake's noodle hair and even Justin Bieber's song "Baby", so why in the world can they not get over this stigma, too?
"Don't you want to cover those?"
I gladly would, if you would just cover your mouth also.
"Your children are going to end up in prison/a gang because of your tattoos."
I didn't know they had conclusive studies of the link between the presence of tattoo in parents and its long-term effects to their offspring. Enlighten me.
"You know, they're gonna be there for life."
In which Ellen replies with, "So is your face and I don't insult you on that, do I?"
"Since when did you got out on parole?" (to someone who's never even been arrested for DUI, let alone jail)
I think I might spend a night in the shutter today, if you would keep going.
"You're setting a bad example for your kids."
At least I won't be teaching them to be judgmental little shits like you.
"You're raising delinquents."
Do you actually kiss your kids with that mouth?
"They don't wash off."
Is that so? I had no idea. I owe you one for telling me sooner.
"When you get older and your tattoos are faded, what will your grandkids say?"
"You spend more money on ink than for your kids."
WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE ACTUALLY KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS? IF ANYTHING?
"You'll regret that when you're older."
If I get a dollar for every time somebody's told me that, I swear I could have travelled halfway around the world to get a Niki Norberg piece in the morning then have a Nikko Hurtado by night.
"I'd get them lasered now if I were you."
News flash: you're not.
"What kind of motorcycle do you have?"
Here's a picture of me driving away from you.
"I won't allow my kids to play with yours."
I feel so sorry for your kids, having someone like you to raise them.
"Does this mean you're going to let you're daughter have tattoos, too?"
It's really up to her.
"You'd never get a real job with that tattoo."
You were saying?
"Tattoos are sin. You're going to burn in hell for that."
Yeah, I really think they shouldn't either.
"Your family must be really proud!"
Oh, trust me, they are.
Thank you to Mr. Roberts, Ms. McDougall, Ms. Donahue, Ms. Kerry, Mr. Lu and the awesome parents of Tattooed Parents. New Generation. for their lovely responses.