Here at DailyDerrick, we care about child welfare. (e.g. “Mommy, Can I Get a Tan?“)
Today’s “Daily D’oh” hails to us from the great state of Florida, where a grandfather decided it was A-OK for his 10-year-old to have a tattoo. Yes, a tattoo!
According to Colorado’s NBC affiliate, the child was recently taken into foster care by the Department of Children and Family (DCF) after workers paid a visit regarding other allegations.
Jerry Garrisson, the child’s grandfather, claims it’s a family tradition for family members to get a tattoo of their initials. As such, he paid a tattoo artist to ink his grandchild’s leg.
Just take a look at this:
Do they not sell those stick-on tattoos in the supermarket gumball jars anymore?
I remember how cool my cousin and I thought we were as kids when we asked grandma for 25 cents, got our little motorcycle tattoos from the gumball machine, went home and fetched a cup of water, and “inked” ourselves temporarily. God help us if we didn’t wait long enough for the stick-on to dry; it was hell getting the adhesive stuff off my arm and cringing at a smudged tattoo when we screwed it up.
My mama would’ve given me the “girl, please” look if I asked for a tattoo (even if it was something like a crucifix or super sweet and stuff ). But nope, not these days. Grandpa thought it’d be A-OK for the 10-year-old to sustain the family tradition of getting initials permanently inked on.
Just as with Tanning Mom’s child, considering the allegation that she brought the daughter along for her tanning binges, I wonder if this is what the child wanted. Heck, I even wonder if the child went along with it because he was taught it was a “cool” thing to do. But with other investigations from the DCF pending, grandpa should’ve known better.
Some might say that since piercings are fine for young girls and guys to get with parental consent, tattoos are no different and this shouldn’t be a big deal. But the difference is that you can take a diamond stud in or out of your ear. Depending on where a piercing is done, it can close up if not utilized over time. I got a left ear cartilage piercing at 17, but knew I could at least take it out if it violated a workplace dress code. I don’t use it anymore, but no one would know it’s there unless they looked closely or told them otherwise.
But a tattoo? That’s a whole different ballgame. It’s much more permanent and, depending where you get it physically, might not be professionally or academically acceptable, especially if you’re a young child. Let’s not even try and use the whole laser removal cop out since that’s an expensive and painful procedure, per most reports. I’m sure Angelina Jolie wasn’t exactly smiling after she got rid of the “Billy Bob” tattoo after her divorce with Thornton.
So, the moral of the story? Inking a child is not okay. When they have aged to a point of discernment, fully aware of the pitfalls and perks of getting a tattoo, that should be a decision they make for themselves. It shouldn’t be one made from family pressure to sustain a tradition, let alone at such a tender age.