The mum said she couldn’t stand her daughter’s ‘terrible’ collection of tattoos and even ‘cried’ over the ink – but others think she should let her daughter go Express
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Whether you’re a fan of tattoos or not, most of us can agree that permanently applying the art to your body is your choice and no one else’s.
But a mother on Mumsnet was fumed by her daughter’s decision to have a full sleeve of tattoos on her arm and said she was “devastated” by the “awful” ink.
Sharing her story anonymously, the mum confessed she ‘struggled’ to feel happy that her 26-year-old daughter is speaking out because she thinks she’s gone ‘too far’ with her tattoos – even though she knows her daughter is old enough to make her own choices.
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She wrote: “I’m devastated by my 26 year old daughter’s tattoos. I hate them. Today she showed me her new ‘sleeve’. It’s a big, bold, bloody black She already has many tattoos and they get bigger every time.She seems addicted.
“I don’t like tattoos. I don’t have to like them. It’s my choice. I cried about it privately! I’ve read about parents’ reactions to our children’s tattoos , and we’re supposed to be happy that they’re speaking out, but I’m struggling with that.
“I was ok with a few, ok with all the piercings…but the sleeve is too far in my opinion.”
Commenters on the post were split on the post, as many pointed out that her daughter could choose what to do with her own body, but others were sympathetic to the mother’s disappointment.
One person wrote: “You don’t have to like them at all, you just have to accept that it’s her body and she can keep getting more and more tattoos.”
While another said: “You don’t have to like them. No one is forcing you. But since she’s 26, it’s absolutely none of your business. It doesn’t matter if you like them or not ?”
And a less polite commenter posted: “You need to pull yourself together.”
The mum then responded to the post to insist she had a ‘great relationship’ with her daughter and said that while she didn’t like the ink herself, she was happy her daughter was happy .
She wrote: “I still stand by my original post and hate her sleeve. I’m okay with her other tattoos, but it’s my right to own my own feelings. I have a great relationship with her. She often asks me for my opinion and knows that I will be honest in my answer!
“She asked me what I thought before and therefore knew my feelings. So she did what she wanted, it’s up to her. Today we are chatting via text as usual. No dramas.
“I admire tattoo artists. Their talent is amazing, and I especially love looking at pictures of tattoos that address medical issues to make people feel good about themselves.
“My daughter feels beautiful with her tattoos on, which is good because I would hate her to miss the big black sleeve.”
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