Tattoo mum inked on face says parents cross road and security guards follow her

Tattoo mum inked on face says parents cross road and security guards follow her

December 2, 2021

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A mum has called out parents who cross the roads to avoid her because of her extreme tattoos.

Amy Smith, 23, has been getting inked since the age of just 13 where she started with hand-poked DIY tattoos.

Since she got her hands on a tattoo gun, her love of body art hasn't died down one bit.

Now as a mum-of-two, Amy, from Leicester, faces an added layer of judgement through being a heavily tattooed parent.

She claims security guards who follow her in shops and other parents for crossing the road to keep her away from their kids.

And she feels extra pressure from those who believe women should look stereotypically feminine.

Amy said: "Now, I have two children, Elijah and Remy, my tattoos attract a lot of attention.

"Some parents cross the road to get their kids away from me, and I tend to get followed by security in shops that don't know me.

"My kids have witnessed the negative comments and they see the way that it makes me feel.

"I feel like my kids are far more accepting than most people because of it. However, it can also be really heart-warming.

"I get spoken to a lot at events and parents have turned round and told me they would love to be able to have tattoos like mine.

"I know that as a parent, I shouldn't be scared to be who I want to be."

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Now Amy hopes to continue to use her experience to show her kids and other parents how important it is to be yourself.

She added: "Sometimes people tell me, 'you're a parent' or 'you're a woman,' so I 'shouldn't look like this'.

"I've had my fair share of backlash. Still, some of the responses I've had make me feel really great.

"I've had messages on Instagram with people telling me that I've inspired them to get a tattoo that they wanted.

"I don't regret a thing – my tattoos have changed my life. It's brought so many opportunities to do some really amazing things.

"I'm comfortable with who I am, and I want to encourage my children to feel the same way."

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Despite the judgement from strangers, people who know Amy are incredibly supportive.

She says her tattoos are a conversation starter and some parents do chat to her.

The mum wants to show that tattoos can be a great art form and have opened doors for her, especially with modelling.

Amy admitted: "I've always been interested in tattoos.

"I remember watching Miami Ink when I was 10, and from then, my heart was set on getting tattoos and learning how to do them.

"I got my first tattoo at 13 – a stick-and-poke, but because I was so hell-bent on learning how to do tattoos.

"I was bought a tattoo machine for my 14th birthday. That really helped me to get the practice I needed to get into the industry."

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