would you like a pink crocodile head with that?

November 9, 2009 at 5:00 am 3 comments


This is why I love kids.

For the past two days our living room has been a tattoo parlor. When Bella and Xi were first setting up shop – creating a menu of choices- I wondered silently, hmmmmm, who are the clients going to be? But sure enough, by 9 a.m. they had their first customer:  Echo. With a rainbow blazoned across her chest, a maple tree up one calf, and a river across her palm, Echo continued to pick and choose further additions. And a couple hours later, a drop-by from our friends Romy and Salome, yielded another client. Romy graciously lifted her sweater sleeves to get two new “sleeves” of marker drawn flowers, snowflakes, and hearts. Papa came through for client number three, he picked the always popular rainbow, heart with an arrow through it, and the not always so popular among the inked crowd: pink musical note.

Kids are the very best at rising above the limitations of their situation. They dream big. Early morning in your own living room? Perfect moment to start a tattoo business!

And ooooh, the choices!


Who wouldn’t want a grape jelly bean tattoo? Other choices included: a tree, gum, orange, pink crocodile head, ski jump, tooth, rainbow, horse, rocket, tulip, musical note, sprouting diamond, zig zag, bear head, hand, book, bubble, bindi, and more.

By late afternoon on Sunday, I had to admit, the bear head was looking like a pretty decent choice.


But I couldn’t stop there. The girls’ cool little hands and that tickly scratchy marker felt so good. Like a strange, foreign, forearm massage. I ran out of arm room before I ran out of interest. I thanked them with a handshake for their business and they blushed.

Who am I to doubt? For kids the living room is a tattoo parlor if you want it to be. There are clients around every corner, if you’re looking for them (and aren’t picky about who they turn out to be). And bear heads really are a hot commodity in the skin decoration market, I mean they’re cute, and have a bow ties, and why not? My adult mind, doing dishes in the kitchen, just couldn’t see the vision, but I am so glad their wide open minds could.


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yeah! flock, child, flock!

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christie  |  November 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I received a leg full of tattoos recently and you know, the scratchy marker DID feel really good. And forcing myself to resist feeling the tickle forced my entire body to relax. My tattoo artist got bored well before I was done. Maybe it is time to ask if she’ll open up shop again. Either that or the hair salon.

  • 2. Romy  |  November 9, 2009 at 11:13 am

    that was so fun. i loved their creative options. Jelly beans and pink crocodile heads rock my world.

  • 3. deanna  |  March 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    that is the most adorable thing i have seen in a while!!! i love how kids dream big too! and this is just the beginning of something i am sure will turn out to be a reality for them one day way to go mom!!!


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