Mid-life Tattoos

The LA Times reported last week that to celebrate her 50th birthday, Barbie now has tattoos. Yes, that’s right. Mattel has launched Totally Stylin’ Tattoos Barbie which comes with more than 40 tattoos stickers that can be placed on her body. There’s even a faux tattoo gun with wash off tattoos so girls (and boys, I guess) can play at getting tattoos themselves.

Maybe you already have a tattoo, or may be you’re thinking of getting one – I mean, if Barbie has a tattoo, it’s mainstream, almost not trendy anymore. However, before you go rushing off to the ink parlor listen to what my friend Mark. Mark and I were in college together in England but we hadn’t actually spoken for 28 years! We reconnected recently through Facebook and when I learned he was divorced after 23 years of marriage I thought getting a male perspective for my blog would be fascinating. Here’s what mark had to say about tattoos.

“There seems to be a thing in the UK at the moment of getting tattoos. I don’t like it. I don’t mind it in subtle areas but I don’t like it on arms or breasts. I met a couple of women who had tattoos on their breasts and it was almost like, ‘I can do this so I’ve done it.’ Like I couldn’t do it while I was married but now I can. They don’t think about what it does for a potential new partner who’s not into that sort of thing.”

According to a 2006 study published by the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly a quarter of Americans between the ages of 18 and 50 have tattoos. And if tattoos are big business now, tattoo removal is also a growing business for dermatologists. I know locally, some skin doctors are donating their services for teenagers who want to remove their gang-related art but I doubt anyone’s donating their services to remove a tattoo because your new love finds them a turn-off.

Did you get a tattoo after your divorce? What’s the design? Where is your tattoo? Do you love it or do you wish you never did it? If you have a tattoo story to share, please leave a comment…

  • http://www.blog.sciencegeekgirl.com Stephanie Chasteen

    Wow, Barbie looks much better at 50 than most of us! As for tattoos, I haven’t been divorced, but I do know the rush of a sense of freedom after recently getting out of a relationship. The sense of “I’ll just lay in bed all day, because I can!” or “I’ll just not plan anything this weeked, because I can!” I’m not so sure that I would apply the same logic to applying a permanent design to my skin…

    I do have a tattoo, though, and I’ve always loved it. I got it for $20 from a woman traveling with a tattoo gun at my college, way back when. It’s about the size of a dime, a little purple star, on my stomach. Anyone know the Dr. Seuss story of the Sneetches, who had stars upon thars? It’s a story about not changing your appearance to fit in, because you’re fine the way that you are (at least, that’s one interpretation). So, the irony, then, is that I went out and got a tattoo to celebrate that moral.

    Anyway. My only fear is that if I do get pregnant someday, I’ve heard that belly tattoos can end up on different parts of your belly (like, I could have half my star over here, and half my star over thar) when it shrinks back. Yikes! Well, as side effects go, I’ll take broken stars to get the other important piece.

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    Thanks for sharing your tattoo story. If your star ends up breaking apart, I think it will add to the enchantment to share with your child. Maybe it would be a shooting star?

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