My Kid’s First Tattoo

Ty’s first tattoo, not finished yet.

My oldest kid got a tattoo.  
Saying that will take some time getting used to.  He’s still healing actually and so am I.  It’s definitely something I thought I wouldn’t have to worry about for another year when he turned 18.  You know that age when your child is officially an ADULT.  I’m not gonna be dramatic and say I was mad because I actually wasn’t.  I was just a little disappointed.  He’s newly 17, celebrating his birthday at the end of January.  He’s the oldest but still my baby and will always be.  He’s still a teenager in my eyes… not able to make these types of decisions.  Or so I thought… maybe we don’t give our kids enough credit because I am relieved that Ty had the foresight to get the tattoo behind his leg.  I would’ve died if he got a brand or name tattoo.  I guess that’s what’s cool with kids these days and not tribal bands or barbed wire like in my day.  I feel better telling myself that it could have been so much worse.  And he came over on his own to make sure I was okay and show me it.  He didn’t hide it from us and it is artsy.
I wasn’t close to my parents and couldn’t tell them anything growing up.  When I was 17, all I thought about was lying to my parents because they couldn’t handle the life I wanted to live.  And here is my kid at 17, sharing his life with me.  At 38 years old and four kids later, I’m definitely not the parent I thought I would be.  All parents have a vision of what’s right and perfect but you gotta be willing to adjust down the line…  that’s real parenting to me.

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  1. Been there, done that. Of course I was almost 50 when I finally got a tattoo even though I’d planned to get it for many years. My dad, despite having 5 of them, would threaten me in no uncertain terms were I to come home with ink. At least 2 of my kids have them now. One I like and one I don’t. It’s not clear to me if he discussed it with you before he had it done but, hopefully, he did. I know what upset me most with my kids wasn’t that they got them it’s that they got them without talking with me.

  2. I’m not a mom so I can’t totally relate to your reaction to him and the tattoo but I can definitely relate on the flip-side of it since I got my first tattoo at 18. I really like his though! It’s pretty cool. 🙂

  3. Oh man I’m breathing deep reading this but hey its a pretty one! lol I know that doesn’t change and I am am not surprised that he was able to freely tell you. If I can say one thing I admire about your boys is that they are honest. When I met the biggest he was passionate and honest and I can appreciate that from kids I am sure you are happy to be his mama and this tattoo didn’t change a thing between you guys big hugs mama they are growing!

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