Monday, October 30, 2006,4:16 PM
Mommy has a Tattoo...

So I recently saw a book advertised called Mommy has a Tattoo. The book is described as follows -
Mommy Has A Tattoo tells the story of a little boy named James, who is afraid of his tattooed neighbor until he discovers that his own mother has a tattoo as well. The book emphasizes the importance of familiarizing children with tattoos at a young age and eliminates the common notion of "scary" that has sometimes been linked to tattoos. Tattoos are a source of pride for lots of Mommies, and a source of endless curiosity for their kids. The charming characters, bright colors, and delightful illustrations in Mommy Has A Tattoo show kids that tattoos, in fact, aren't scary at all!


There are so many books out there that help kids become familiar with other races, but I think its great that this book is out there to help kids be okay with how people with tattoos look. In America 49% of people age 18-29 have a tattoo - it is far more common than it ever has been, but we are still in the transition period. That means that soon a lot of mommies and daddies will have tattoos, but there are still some people who have negative steroetypes about people with tattoos, businesses that discriminate against them, and children who are taught to fear them. So I think the concept of this book is great - teaching love and acceptance of the diverse and beautiful ways people look.
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  • At 10/30/2006 10:45:00 PM, Blogger gerbmom

    OK - so the tattoo obsession has been bugging me for well over a year. Actually almost two. It won't go away. And this week, this is the 4th tattoo conversation I have seen/had. Way weird. The only thing that has stopped me so far is not being sure enough of myself to pick something that expresses me. Until this week. A great idea came to me. Hmmmm. Now the obsession will only get worse...
    Thanks for keeping the whole thing going here Julie. ;)

     
  • At 10/30/2006 10:56:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

    of course - what are pastor's wives good for... ? ;)

     
  • At 10/30/2006 10:57:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    dang it - forgot to sign in as "Julie"... so Mike isn't claiming to be a woman here... no really...

     
  • At 10/30/2006 11:00:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

    Speaking of tatoo discrimination... one of my former co-workers at the Yorkville coffee shop told me that when the owners found out that she had tatoos they told her that if they had known before they never would have hired her!

    Honestly, what does having a tatoo have to do with whether someone is a good employee or not? And frankly, I want baristas to look a little interesting (not that I do) - coffee shops are supposed to be places for alternative, artistic type people to hang out.

     
  • At 10/31/2006 09:09:00 AM, Blogger gerbmom

    ROFL - it was much funnier when I thought it really was Mike....

     
  • At 10/31/2006 02:34:00 PM, Blogger Wendy Taylor

    Yeah, I was a little weirded out that Mike would say, "What are pastor's wives good for?" :)

    I'd love to check out the book in more detail sometime. After all, this mommy has a tattoo!

     
  • At 11/15/2006 01:08:00 PM, Anonymous Jose

    Here is what God and Jesus say about Tattoos. You decide.

    Leviticus 19:28
    You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead nor print or tattoo any marks upon you; I am the Lord.
    Matthew 5:17
    [ The Fulfillment of the Law ] "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
    Matthew 5:16-18 (in Context) Matthew 5 (Whole Chapter)

     
  • At 11/15/2006 03:32:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    interesting Jose - you ask us to decide. that sounds an awful lot like interpretation of scripture... ;)

     
  • At 11/16/2006 12:06:00 AM, Blogger Mike Clawson

    Yeah... of course the problem with quoting random verses from Leviticus at people and implying that they're still applicable for today is that all we usually have to do is just look at the verses right around it to find other commands that (almost) no one would say are still binding on Christians.

    For instance, Leviticus 19:26-27,

    "26 " 'Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it...

    27 " 'Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard. "

    So Jose, have you had any rare steaks lately? And are you careful never to cut your sideburns or sidelocks?

     

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