GROWING UP, my exposure to tattoos involved Easter. In every package of Paas Easter egg dye came a selection of washable tattoos.
Mom suggested we wait until after Easter Sunday church services to apply the tattoos to our arms. Apparently she thought inked skin unsuitable for our Lutheran church. Sometimes we waited. Sometimes we didn’t. I won’t pretend that my siblings and I were always angelic kids who listened.
Those are my thoughts whenever I see washable tattoos. On the Fourth of July, my niece Tara pulled out two patriotic-themed tattoos she’d saved from some event.
My almost-six-year-old great niece, Ari, was thrilled about getting a tatoo:
But my two-year-old great nephew, Hank, was not quite as thrilled:
That’s the thing about tattoos. Some people like them and some don’t. I do. But only if they’re the washable kind.
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