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12:54 am - on scarring your children for life... (but in a cool GenX kinda way)

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[User Picture]From: suprisesuprise Date: February 26th, 2008 - 05:15 pm (Link)
I really don't think that butt dot tattoos were the smartest choice. I mean just tie different coloured pieces of yarn around their wrists/ankles and then once you get to know their personalities, cut them off. I just think it would be weird/embarrassing for them to explain to their spouse why they have dots on their bottoms. "Oh yeah, my mom had me tattooed when I was a baby so she would tell me apart from my sisters..."

And then to think about what the tattooist was thinking when he did the tattoos. I'd be embarrassed to walk into a tattoo parlor asking for tattoos on my babies. I wonder how many shops they got laughed out of before they found someone to do it.

I had my ears pierced when I was 3 months old. I never really thought about it until I started getting other piercings a few years ago. I'm definitely against ear piercing on infants. They don't have a choice and I think they should have a say in whether they want holes in their ears or not. I mean I don't know anyone who is completely pissed at their parents for having their ears pierced, but still, it's the principle. Plus, unless you go to a piercing shop where they use new, clean needles, there are tons of nasty diseases and infections that come along with having a gun shoot an earring into your lobes. Piercing guns can't be sterilised so you don't know if you're coming out with just earrings or earrings + Hepatitis, AIDS,and whatever other nasty viruses that weren't cleaned off the gun. Gross.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: February 27th, 2008 - 05:42 am (Link)
yeah... there's a lot more to think about now than there was when we were kids, but yeah, that's an issue. That said, the base concept of having a baby's ears pierced doesn't really bother me. Like I said above, it may not be a choice, but really, neither is most of the stuff parents hoist on their kids. Religion, values, tastes. I'll grant its more permanent, but I expect parents are at least hoping that their instilling religion is permanent as well.
From: nckd Date: March 1st, 2008 - 06:11 am (Link)
I actually think there's an argument for piercing baby's ears. I haven't known a lot of people who've done that, but the baby isn't going to remember the pain, and the parents can take care of the piercing well enough that it will heal quickly and well. Almost every girl I knew who got her ears pierced in early elementary school, on the other hand, ended up with infected piercings and often had to get them pierced more than once.

On the other hand, it looks pretty silly.

The tattoo thing, though, is weird. I don't really understand why they wouldn't just have used a magic marker, or a piece of ribbon, or something like that.

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