The most recent children’s tattoo toy to come under attack is the collector’s edition “Tokidoki Barbie,” which features prominent arm, chest, and neck tattoos. This is the first Barbie to come out of its packaging with tattoos already applied...More information and extended commens at Sociological Images.
Toys like these have been released every few years since the 1990s, when tattooing was ranked as the 6th fastest growing industry in the country. But we are now seeing more children’s tattoo toys spring up, dovetailing with the increasing popular interest in the craft... Whereas tattooing was once largely reserved for working-class men, sailors, carnival performers, and exotic dancers, we have since seen the practice become widely popular amongst all races, genders, and classes...
...we have seen the cultural cache of tattooing shift in favor of middle-class notions of identity work; that is, towards seeing the body as a vehicle for expressing oneself, towards actively controlling and crafting the body as a form of empowerment, and towards the development of “distinctive individualism” through appearance...
15 November 2011
Tattoo toys for children
Sociological Images examines how the trend is influencing children: