The new line, aptly named, “Totally Stylin’ Tattoos Doll” is geared for adult collectors, though because it is sold on Mattel’s website and at Walmart children will probably become aware of her existence. From the run of the mill Virginian moms’ points of view, they say that it sets a bad example for young girls, making tattoos seem okay to get. Obviously, my problem with that logic is that if any parent is worried about their kids seeing tattoos and wanting them, then they might want to lock them away until they’re 18, or maybe the parent should actually talk to their kids about tattooing.
Anyhoo, I say kudos to Mattel for keeping up with the times by embracing and showing what different demographics look like. And who knows what’s next? Lesbian Barbie? Cellulite Barbie? Nipple pierced Barbie? Israeli Barbie? Single mother with adopted baby Barbie? The sky is the limit. And though she may be facing a lot of criticism, Barbie has weathered worse and I’m sure she’ll come out unscathed, unscarred, and rocking some awesome ink.