So an indie company had the audacity to commission, produce, and sell a Barbie® Doll sporting permanent tattoos. (As opposed to the similarly available Barbie® with temporary tattoos.) Let the fur fly! as sensationalism sets in, and the dissenting opinions of the very loud minority overshadow reason and sensibility (yet again, go figure).
A lot of people are saying that a tattooed Barbie® is inappropriate for children, and I admit they are probably right — seeing as you have to be at least 18-years-old to legally get a tattoo. But this particular tokidoki® Barbie® Doll costs fifty dollars (and is apparently sold out, by the way), so I doubt that anyone is actually giving this to a child to play with. It is more likely to be kept in its box on a shelf as a collector’s item.
Unfortunately, there are many “trolls” out there, using this as an opportunity to get out the ol’ soapbox and shake fists at the sky about the degredation of society as a direct result of self-expression through the act of body modification. Comments like, “Get full sleeve tattoos and tattoos all over your face and try to get a professional job to prove me wrong” and blah blah blah. Thankfully, I’m seeing a lot of intelligent replies from teachers, doctors, white-collar professionals from nearly every spectrum, telling their own stories of being (many times heavily) tattooed and getting along just fine in both the workplace and society-in-general.
I stumbled upon this “controversy” this morning via my local TV news channel’s Facebook page, which posted “MORNING BUZZ: Some parents are upset over a new, tattooed Barbie doll. What do you think?” and so I added a few of my own comments to the fray.
THIS IS AWESOME! I used to draw “tattoos” on my Barbies myself, lol. And I love the pink hair (also used to “dye” my Barbies hair, with markers). But… why is there a cactus on a chain?
Also, you’d be surprised who you’re working with and around and coming into contact with every day, who have tattoos that you don’t even know about or ever see! I was having blood drawn once and the tech saw my inner forearm tattoos and complimented them and we started talking about it and after he was done drawing blood he took off his lab coat and rolled up his shirt cuffs and he had FULL SLEEVES (that’s total tattoo coverage) ON BOTH ARMS! It was sweet!
There’s a lot more tattoo acceptance now-a-days — in case you couldn’t already tell by the mainstream release of a tattooed Barbie. It’s not the 60s anymore, when only sailors and Hell’s Angels had tattoos. I’ve never had anyone make a negative comment when they see that I have tattoos, in fact quite the opposite; people are interested and give compliments and ask questions. Personally, I see tattoos as more of a gateway to conversations with people, rather than a social blockade. And a lot of tattoos are easy to cover up for job interviews and other working situations, if needed.
Easiest solution: IF YOU DON’T WANT YOUR KID TO HAVE A TATTOOED BARBIE, THEN DON’T BUY THEM ONE! How about some parental discretion?
I don’t have time to follow this thread today (I have Halloween costumes to make!) so hopefully I won’t get railed-on by trolls!
Needless to say, I would have no problem if my daughter wanted to get a Barbie® with tattoos or brightly-colored hair. It wouldn’t surprise me at all, in fact, considering that both myself and my husband have visible tattoos, as do many of our friends and relatives. I do, however, have a problem with paying $50 for any Barbie® Doll! She’ll just have to draw tattoos on her $10 Barbie®s and color their hair herself!