Tatted up Barbie

Mattel said the new limited edition, tatted up Barbie Doll doll is marketed more toward adult collectors than to children. 1 in 4 Americans ages 18 to 50 now has at least one tattoo, and the artist says the doll is simply a reflection of society. What do you think? Is it art? Is it irresponsible?

Here is what some NYC parents have to say.

What do you think?

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16 Responses to Tatted up Barbie

  1. Joy says:

    I don’t have so much of a problem with the tats but with her name and that of her “pet.”

  2. mssc54 says:

    Why not pierce body parts hidden by clothes? I mean art is art. Right?

  3. Sue says:

    Um, yeah…Her name I can handle, but the pets name?! I don’t think so! It’s not a doll I would purchase for my children that’s for sure!

  4. Jenny says:

    I have no problem with this doll. It’s those BRATZ dolls that I have a problem with! I’m very glad I have a boy. If they can change the color of Barbie’s hair, put streaks in it & whatnot, why not tattoos? They make washable tattoos for kids,

  5. Laura says:

    I honestly don’t see what the hubub is about. Josh is all into those top-things. They’re like $20 for a set, and I can’t see paying that much for a couple of tops. So here’s the thing: I don’t buy them!!

    I don’t really understand all the hubub. Maybe I’m unique, but I can’t point to too many of Josh’s friends mothers who do NOT have a tattoo. And some of these ladies are the “high society” ladies in our little town. Heck, a couple of my friends have “tattoo parties” where they go out on a Friday Night and come home with new ink. It’s not for me, and I’ll probably tell Josh not to get one until he’s on his own, but honestly, I don’t see the big deal.

    I’m more offended by the name of that… that… THING… on her leash: “Bastardino”??? Who thought THAT was a good idea?

  6. SKL says:

    The article says it’s only being marketed to adults, not in toy stores. And it’s $50. Kids aren’t going to see this, any more than they will see other age-inappropriate stuff. Like Laura said, the solution is to not buy it.

    Personally, I think tattoos are ugly (I know that is not a popular sentiment). So no, I cannot relate to anyone’s desire to buy this type of product. For that matter, I don’t understand the popularity of any Barbies. But then again, there is a lot of stuff out there that people buy even though I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole. So hey, if there is a market for it among adults, go for it. It can’t be worse than a lot of the misogynist rap music, porn, and other inappropriate stuff that sells well and is all to often accessed by kids.

  7. Nikki says:

    As long as it’s not ever going to be in a store, where one of my nieces might see it. The tattoo part doesn’t bother me SO much. I do have to admit, it does a tad. I’d have more of a problem if they were on store shelves, but they aren’t, so…so be it. It only bothers me because I recently saw that my 16 year old niece now has 3 tattoo’s and one is right on her chest and it broke my heart. I have nothing against them, I have one. Just not on young girls. The name of the pet is really what has me thinking, “wth were they thinking???” Again, it’s not on store shelves, so whatever.

    And I agree with Jenny, Bratz dolls are the worst! I won’t buy them, I won’t even let my 5 year old niece watch the cartoon or movies here. All that nasty make up and those clothes, they look like hookers! I’d take tattoo Barbie over any Bratz doll, any day!

  8. Phyllis says:

    If this is aimed at adult collectors, that’s fine. If it’s available in the toy stores, that a whole different story. But here’s the issue I’m having with it. Initially Barbie was styled to be a 16 yr old girl. I do believe that, here in IL anyway, 16 yr olds aren’t allowed to get a tat without parental consent. It’s up to the parents to set the standard they believe in for their family! Personally, I’m not in favor of tattoos. There is simply no way in hell I will ever consider getting one. My oldest gd, however, favors tats. She’s got several at the moment, and plans to add more at later dates. In fact, she plans to devote her back to “family tats”. Honoring(?) those she loves, like her kids, husband, sister, a deceased cousin, etc. She was discussing this last night and I told her flat out that she can show her love for me by NEVER getting a tat in my memory! Her response was she already knew that and would honor it.

    The name of Barbie’s pet really stinks. But then people who find these things offensive DO NOT have to buy them! It’s a personal choice for each of us!

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