Drunk Dad Gives 3-Year-Old a Girlie Tattoo


When most people want to express their love for their children, they go and give them a big squeeze or put a note in their lunch box. In extreme cases, they might tattoo their child's name on THEIR OWN bodies, but rarely have we ever heard of parents forcing their own (very young) children into getting the tattoo themselves. But one father in Georgia did just that to his 3-year-old son.

Somehow Eugene Ashley, a Georgia man who tattooed his 3-year-old with the letters "DB" for "Daddy's Boy," got off with only probation and a $300 fine. For TATTOOING his toddler on the shoulder. That's IT?

Look, I love tats as much as the next guy, but that love doesn't translate into me thinking it's my place to permanently etch something into my young child's body.

The kicker of this whole story is that the dude doesn't even remember doing it, likely because he was so drunk. He permanently marked his son (who said it hurt only a little bit) for his own purpose. Tattooing anyone under 18 is illegal in Georgia.

Kids love tattoos, it's true. Most children go crazy over the temporary tattoos that come in multi-packs and make it easy for them to apply 20 different tats to almost every available surface of their body. When they come off, most kids are pretty bummed.

My daughter asks for "real tattoos" all the time. "But you and daddy have them," she explains when we say no. And she is right. We do. She may very well get one when she is 18 and we won't be able to stop her.

Until then, the answer is NO.

Would you ever allow your child to get a tattoo or tattoo them?


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RanaA... RanaAurora

$300?! For tattooing a TODDLER? How about CHILD ABUSE for the PAIN it put the child through?!?! If he was just repeatedly stabbing him with a needle while drunk, he'd be charged with it, right? So how is it ANY different if the needle has ink and is electriic?!


2love 2love

He should get time for child abuse for that. Theres no way tattooing any little kid is okay. What's wrong with the judge that gave him the fine.

mom.m... mom.mom.MOM

my only question is where was the mom? and If I was the mom his pedeviltooty would be the grass I would be the mower.

Carissa Spoor

That should have been considered child abuse and that father should be in jail for neglect!!!

BabyB... BabyBumbleBee

I work with jr higers at a church.  One of our students lost his dad his 8th grade year.  He ended up getting a tattoo in his father's memory, with his mother's consent.  He was 13 or 14.  I couldn't believe it when this skinny little white kid that had been through SO much walked in with a fresh tattoo on his forearm.  I'm still not sure what I think about it.

In this case, I think it's horrible.  Jail time should have been served.  And I agree with previous posters... where the heck was the mom?  And what does she think about this?  And I wonder if the dad regrets his actions?

PoeDu... PoeDunkMae

Uh NO. No. and HELL NO! That is CHILD ABUSE.  No.  That man deserves prison time for what he did to that child! That poor boy.  Give your kid a fake tat and call it good.  There is NO WAY a child under 18 (ok 16 because we know they find ways to sneak and get it done!) should have a tattoo. 

Nimue930 Nimue930

Every bit of this case is moronic in the extreme!! The dad should be jailed for child abuse, the judge is an idiot, where the heck was the mom... and this poor child!!! How is he going to explain having a DB on his back when he's 15??? Does he want to be known as a Daddy's Boy then?? Poor kid.... And to answer the question, no I have not allowed my boys to get tattoos.  They are adults now and have thanked me for saying no to some of their lame ideas of what was "cool" in their teenage years.... Happy now that they don't sport something permanent that would be embarrassing to an adult

elfis... elfishpirat

He needs to be put in jail for child abuse, plus additional charges for illegally tattooing a minor. What a d-bag.

Carri... Carrieg77

And every one one for got to mention that the poor kid will be a DB forever What a D.ouche B.ag dad!

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