Friday, March 6, 2009

Tattoo Barbie

Apparently Mattel has released a new "Totally Stylin' Tattoos Barbie". If anything it just shows how mainstream tattoos have become in our culture.

Apparently some parents apparently find it offensive - despite the fact that Barbie doesn't come with tattoos and that what you can use are all temporary. In this news article, one parent notes "I think it's attracting kids too young that want to expose parts of body to show off tattoos." It struck me because A. most people don't get tattoos to show off body parts. Unless they are exhibitionists in which case they'll show them off anyhow and B. it assumes that people get tattoos only in areas which wouldn't normally be shown off. I mean, if I didn't have tattoos on my arms, it wouldn't be a big deal to wear a sleeveless shirt right?

If I were still little and getting this Barbie, I would likely want to decorate her myself with more permanent tattoos. Like the many times that I tried to cut my Barbie's hair only to find out that if you kept cutting she had this weird tri-mohawk where the hair was sewn into her head.

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