Mommy Has Tattoos!

Michele Zipp
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mommy has tattoosI love that there was an overwhelmingly positive response to bestmommyeber's decision to dye the tips of her hair pink. But how do you all feel about tattoos?

I personally think they are beautiful -- I have a lot of them. Kids love to look and ask about them. That's me and my husband in the photo -- we got matching ones.

But not all responses I've gotten about my tattoos have been positive.

Many years ago while I was still in college and waiting tables, the one on my wrist was slightly visible even though I was wearing a long sleeve shirt. A customer said, "Why did you ruin yourself like that?" I stayed calm and just responded with a smile, "I like it." Then he joked, "You know your kids are going to be born with tattoos." Strange comment, but I just smiled again. I wanted to say more, but I was working to pay for college!

During a diversity event at a former job, one woman even went as far to say that my tattoos were a form of diversity. I studied and worked with students on multi-culturalism in the classroom -- we didn't discuss tattoos.

Tattoos seems to bring out the best and worst in people -- I've seen it firsthand. Strangers feel like they can touch your tattoos, others will judge and think a woman with tattoos is... well, not a lady. But I wear them proudly -- anyone who knows me knows who I am and what I am about. Tattoos are a part of my style.

I know dying your hair pink isn't permanent, and tattoos are, but shouldn't the same rules apply?


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