Fashion Trends: Tattoos for Moms

If you don’t think the trend exists then you haven’t been to the beach or an amusement park on a 90-degree day recently. That’s where you’ll see them in full view. The hearts, the names, the swirls and twirls inked in birthstone colors.

I’m referring to tattoos, tats, skin art, whatever you call them; they are showing up in increasing numbers on the arms and legs of… moms.

That’s right; no longer are tattoos the exclusive trademark of bikers and sailors. A new study shows of the quarter of Americans from ages 18 to 50 that sport tattoos, more than a third are moms.

And similar to men who choose to permanently ink “MOM” on their biceps, the tattooed women who participated in the survey say they prefer to decorate their bodies with the names or initials of their offspring.

Others choose designs such as baby footprints, handprints, portraits, or symbols of love such as hearts featuring a child’s first initial and the date of his birth.

Some freshly inked women revealed that they got their tattoos to illustrate how proud they are to call themselves mom. What’s more, they say having a tattoo featuring their child’s face is a way of carrying their babies close to their hearts even when they are not physically present.

There was an interesting note about the tattoo survey that caught my eye—-the fact that the results caused a stir amongst the medical community. Some doctors wondered if tattoos placed on a woman’s lower back could cause problems for females who receive epidurals during labor. One expert voiced concern about there being some sort of toxicity in the tattoo ink. However, doctors with knowledge about body tattoos say the ink used by tattoo artists can’t travel into the body once the tattoo is well healed. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a risk for infection or disease. It just means you should be on guard and make sure the tattoo artist wears gloves, and uses sterile needles that are pre-packaged.

Personally, I am deathly afraid of needles so getting a tattoo is just about the last thing on earth I would ever consider doing. What about you? Would you consider tattooing your child’s name or face on your body?

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.