Barbie is 50, but seems to be getting more and more trendy for an older lady (since 50 is only 13 years away for me I don’t refer to it as old anymore).

SkyNews reports:

The new “Totally Stylin’ Tattoos Barbie” comes with a set of body art stickers to be placed anywhere on her body.

The set also comes with a tattoo gun so kids can stamp designs on themselves.

Manufacturer Mattel says the tattoos for children are temporary and wash off.

But some parents believe the toy is not appropriate for young children and would not buy the doll.

So to my faithful blog readers, what say you?

HT: Moms in the Right

Update: Hey Lyla, I wanted to clear up any confusion.  When I said that 50 was only 13 years away, I meant it was 13 years in the future, not in the past :).   63… geesh, I know I’ve got a lot of gray hair, but give a guy a break, LOL.

24 comments
  1. Whoa, Shane, you don't look like you're 63. Aging well, brother. Barbie raises so many issues for young girls . . . I guess the tattoos are just one more. Too soon old.

  2. Temp tattoos have been around my entire life.

    I vaguely remember Barbie coming with some before.

    Don't really see what has folks all riled up.

  3. I guess my problems with Barbie doesn't really have much to do about the Tattoos. I was just curious what other people thought.

    Some people are afraid their children will be tattooed darlings I guess. I can't say I would be thrilled with one of my kids getting a tattoo (when they are old enough to do it without my consent), but I could think of many, many things that would be worse.

    I can't say my knowledge of Barbies is extensive enough to know if this is something that has been done before. I doubt it though. Tattoos are more accepted in the mainstream now than ever before.

  4. I have two girls (8 and 10) and this “Tattoo Barbie” is VERY CONFUSING to them!! haha Doesn't Mattel also make the baby doll that says “Islam is the light”??? I'm going to do a personal boycott for no other reason than I think they're losers.

  5. Might be a matter of where you're coming from, then– tattoos aren't that big of a deal in my family.

    For crying out loud, all but one of my maternal uncles has one– or more– and both my sister and mother have one; my husband has two three-inch characters, one on each arm. (one uncle and his sons got identical tattoos– the Lion of Ireland– on their upper biceps; they call it an “identify the body” tattoo.)

    A tiny shamrock over her heart in my mom's case, and tiny, tiny Jesus footprints in my sister's.

    They're in the same situation as piercings for me– don't over do it, and it should be because you want something, not to shock other people; also have to keep an eye on the future– a sleeve on a woman just doesn't ever look nice.

  6. Let's see – Barbie was a doll that was inspired by a German-made doll based on a hooker. The American version offered an idealized body type that even my kid sisters knew was out of touch with reality back when they got theirs. Is it a toy? Without a doubt. Is it an appropriate kind of toy? Ask that at the same time you ask the purchasers of AK-47 toy guns if they are appropriate…

  7. Yeah I pretty much come from a tattoo free family. Not that I think there is anything morally wrong with them. It is just a matter of taste. I agree with you that they shouldn't be overdone. When I was in the Army I had considered getting one, but the image of me as a 70 year-old with flabby, wrinkly skin made me put that thought out of my mind.

  8. I didn't realize what Barbie was patterned after that's interesting.

    Regarding toy guns… I think there is some gene in boys that make them want to play with guns because my son would create them. We didn't really encourage it (didn't discourage it either), so my wife who was the one who didn't care for toy guys relented.

    My girls never got into Barbies, they had them, but it just never became their favorite thing. All the kids are into Webkinz now. Now whoever thought of that is an absolute genius.

  9. You know, on the shoulder is expected. Girl kicked Ken to the curb, got tired of being Molly Homemaker, she gets a sweet vette and skedaddles to her second home in Malibu.

    Now give O' girl a “tramp stamp” and I'm picketing Mattel and refusing my lil' Wall Watcher from ever shopping the Barbie aisle again. 🙂

  10. I'd be happy to join in the boycott.

    But since my wife and I have agreed that Barbie has no place in our house for all kinds of other reasons, that doesn't mean that much.

    I guess I don't see much reason to be shocked … Barbie, feeding terrible ideas to young girls for years about body image and materialism (to say nothing of hanging onto that loser Ken!) is now getting a tattoo?

    It seems like just the thing she'd do.

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