This morning while driving to work I heard the craziest thing that I just had to share. Quite frequently The Kane Show in DC has listeners call them for their advice on random dilemmas. They then let listeners call in and comment. Most of the time I hate this and I think there should be an IQ requirement to be allowed on the radio and it causes me to lose a little of my faith in humanity. Today was totally one of those days.
A mom named Emily called in to ask Kane to tell her family to "back off an let her do what she wants with her kid." She and her husband have a daughter who is about to turn one. To commemorate her first birthday they want to get her a tattoo of a heart on her ankle. Obviously, the DJ and all of the callers were totally appalled by this. The mom's defense was that it is no different from getting your baby's ears pierced or circumcising your son? Do you agree with this?
Personally, I have a tattoo and it did not feel good. Also, when I chose my tattoo I picked something personal to me and I would not have been cool with my mom picking out something permanent to have on my body. Piercings are temporary and circumcisions are mostly for health reasons or religious from my understanding. I have a hard time watching my nieces and nephews get shots let alone subjecting them to a 30 minute long tattoo session.
The caller started going on and on about how it you look at the history of tattoos they are a tribal bonding experience.. I know this is true and I totally respect it. I took Polynesian Literature people! But many of these cultural traditions have bee proven to be unhealthy and sometimes cruel such as neck lengthening and head boarding.
Sadly, I looked it up and this is TOTALLY LEGAL. As long as the guardian consents there is no minimum age for a tattoo! Do you think this will be a trend? Should the law be changed?