Tattooed Barbie- Good or Bad?


This is a new Barbie doll, designed by company tokidoki- you may recognize the packaging and the design style from Sephora. 
This tattooed and Nicki Minaj looking Barbie is raising some eyebrows- some parents are not happy with it. They believe that she is setting a bad example. 

Personally- I don't really get why it is such a big deal. I'm not really loving her outfit but I don't think a bad sense of style is anything new with Barbies- Bratz dolls anyone? 

Other than that- I don't think tattoos should be such a negative, big deal. Do you? Would you let your kid play with a tattooed Barbie? 

Oct 19, 2011 @ 10:21 am

15 Replies


A mom's perspective

I'm of two minds here.

To the "No" side:
It's up to every family to decide what's appropriate for them. Some people feel that body art (tattoos, piercings, etc) convey a message that they do not agree with - and of course they are entitled to think so.

The fact that this Barbie looks "cool" will probably lead to schoolyard envy and peer pressure which is always a problem no matter what the product is. It makes a parent's job harder when there are such products on the market because you can explain to your kids over and over again why that toy is not appropriate in your family but most of the time all the kids focus on is that their BFF was allowed to buy one.

There are many people (celebs and otherwise) out there who have body art and are not good role models, so I definitely understand the concern.

I would love to see if this Barbie has a lower back tattoo - the so called "tramp stamp". Even if it's a tasteful picture, tattoos in that area have a sexual connotation like it or not, and so I would not want to have a doll with a tramp stamp in my house.

To the "Yes" side:
This Barbie is actually more politically correct in other ways than some of the versions that have come before. You can see she has a smaller bustline, and while she's wearing a mini skirt, she pairs it with leggings for a fashionable modest look. I have strongly opposed Bratz dolls in my house because of their bared bellies and overly sexualized lips and makeup. This Barbie is better in that respect.

I don't personally have a problem with body art. Naturally, I much prefer when body art is done in a tasteful way (the fewer the better, non-violent images) and I would never allow my kids to get any permanent art (like tattoos) before they are old enough AND would strongly advise them against choosing an image that in years to come will cause them regret - no matter how old they would be.

The bottom line is, I don't think this Barbie is necessarily for the little girls anyway. I'm guessing this will be more appealing to the older girl and Barbie collector crowd. Would I go out and buy this for my kids? No - but I have never purchased a Barbie in the past (all of ours were received as b-day presents, etc). But if my daughter received such a doll, I would have a talk first about her perceptions and make sure she has the right perspective and then let her play with it.
Oct 19, 2011 @ 10:43 am

It is a designer Barbie!

Tokidoki is awesome and I think Barbie is too. This is a fab collaborationl!

For the record, this is NOT the first tattooed girly toy out there! Has anyone ever seen the Fashion Angels (or it might be project runway) sketch pads where u design tattoos for models?

Bottom line, it is not big deal! Remember Bratz? Some parents were disapproving of them too, but why?

Trends are trends and tattoos are a very valid trend right now!
Oct 19, 2011 @ 07:16 pm

not for young girls

I agree with mamaluv, this isn't for young impressionable girls. This is more for older girls who like the novelty of barbie, or perhaps the collectors. I wouldn't mind owning this stylish looking barbie, but I wouldn't buy this for a child. Don't hate me, but I feel that barbie in general is too sexualized for young girls. Dolls are supposed to by the kids "babies" ..barbie is no baby.. well not in the traditional sense.
Mar 21, 2012 @ 04:48 pm

totally fine.

For my daughter, this would be totally fine. I have a tattoo and my husband has 20 tattoos. This Barbie is more modestly dressed than most other Barbie's out there. Nothing wrong with her in my eyes!
Apr 09, 2012 @ 05:42 pm

there are worse!

I actually think this Barbie is overdressed! Lol! I've seen worse when it comes to Barbie! A while ago a ran a blog where I would simply Google one thing a day and post the 10 most interesting images... and Barbie was one of my Googles.
Scroll down to the Barbie post and you'll see what I mean by worse (and there is a tattooed Barbie on there too!)
Apr 18, 2012 @ 03:35 pm

I would buy it.

I would buy this for my daughter. Its part of life. Lots of people have tattoo's, including myself and my husband. I think they have come out with worse Barbies. =)
May 25, 2012 @ 04:17 pm


Personally I believe this should not be a doll that is targeted to children, instead it should be targeted as a Collectors items for people over the age of 18. I have nothing against tattoos as I have 3 myself, but it is not a good impression on the children. But then again I never played with Barbies and at least this doll is wearing a sufficient amount of clothing. So who am i to judge.
May 25, 2012 @ 04:27 pm

Being Honest

To be honest, I can see both sides.

Yay: It expresses individuality and says "Accept me for who I am" to society. No one is perfect. (Rebuttle: then why aren't there any plus size barbies?)

Nay: It's marketed towards children! They do not have a theory of mind yet (or if they do, it is very primitive) and therefore cannot make sound decisions on their own. There is a reason why you cannot get a tattoo until you are 16 with parental consent (and 18 without it).

This argument could go on and on but overall, this is the company's problem and they can release whatever they want. However, it is important that parents use their discretion when it comes to their childrens wishes.
May 25, 2012 @ 05:50 pm


I've never been a huge fan of tattoos. One or two can look nice, and manly [YUM ;)] on guys. I find tattoos on girls to be unappealing, as we can't pull them off as well, and more often than not, they look trashy.
I am however a big fan of the small, symbolic ones on your hip, foot, back of the neck, etc. Tattoos are something personal, and they should be on your body to represent something to you not as a display for anyone else.
Dolls like this give the wrong impression of tattoos. They make tattoos seem like simply "body art," when there's so much more to it! In which instance, dolls like this are a bad example. & So is her outfit.. lol.

Some people take it too far. Have you heard about the Mom kicked out of Legoland for her tattoo?
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Jul 04, 2012 @ 03:25 pm

trashy is right!

Wow, that Mom's Tinkerbell tattoo was disgusting! I wholeheartedly support Legoland for asking her to leave. (assuming the report is true, of course)

For those who have not seen the report, the tattoo was of a naked Tinkerbell masturbating. Yeah. That ain't art.
Jul 04, 2012 @ 04:24 pm

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