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November 17, 2011

Fashion and Style Pick-Me-Up: Just Like Mommy!

Filed under: fashion, parenting — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 12:07 pm

At last!  National Review informed that just in time for the holidays Mattel rolled out tattooed Barbie.

tattooed barbie

Bubble punk complete with pink hair, heart and crossbones and catprint leggings.

And why not?  I’m a bit mystified by the whole phenomena of matronly forty-somethings who rush to get a new tattoo or piercing once kids start pre-K.  They are not quite empty-nesters, but at least kids are reasonably independent and about to be checked into institutions.  Lets celebrate by reverting to our post-teen selves!

tattoed barbie

Full back, are we that hard core?

I’m not too happy about the whole training tattoo for tots craze either.  I mean temporary tattoos.  For my daughter they are merely stickers that go on her body, and I’m trying to teach her that the important thing about that hello kitty on her hand is that it can be removed with baby oil.



  1. ugh. I hate how mainstream tats and weird piercings have become. Tat barbie is still not the scariest I’ve ever seen though. Behold . . .

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — November 17, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

  2. I wasn’t even allowed to play with dolls as a kid, and now they’re telling me that I should collect them as an adult… since, you know, that comic book collection thing worked so well. At least, this is the Mattel line. They claim this is an adult collectible.

    So it’s really not something you’d want to get your kid. It’s really something that you’d want to get… because, after all, no self-respecting mom wouldn’t want to dress up their dog like a cactus, put on some hooker shoes, and ink up the whole back.

    For the record, I give up on society. In the world, not of it…

    Comment by Jim Fister — November 18, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    • Ha-ha.
      One Gothic old maid we know collects 10K Japanese dolls. A few years ago she went to Japan with some friends of hers, all in their late 30s-early 40s, to buy the dolls. At some point they took the bullet train there, and took pictures of their dolls sitting on the train and looking out of the window. I think doll collection serves a very obvious purpose in certain segments of the population.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 19, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  3. Not sure which is worse, Tat Barbie, or the one with a pooper scooper and a dog that drops little brown pellets when you push on it’s tail. This one, an email sent by a friend, is pretty fab though:
    The Divorced Barbie Doll

    One day a father gets out of work and on his way home he suddenly remembers that it’s his daughter’s birthday.
    He pulls over to a Toy Shop and asks the sales person, ‘How much for one of those Barbie’s in the display window?’
    The salesperson answers, ‘Which one do you mean, Sir? We have: Work Out Barbie for $19.95, Shopping Barbie for $19.95,
    Beach Barbie for $19.95, Disco Barbie for $19.95, Ballerina Barbie for $19.95, Astronaut Barbie for $19.95, Skater Barbie for $19.95, and Divorced Barbie for $265.95’.

    The amazed father asks: ‘It’s what?! Why is the Divorced Barbie $265.95 and the others only $19.95?’

    The annoyed salesperson rolls her eyes, sighs, and answers:
    ‘Sir…, Divorced Barbie comes with: Ken’s Car, Ken’s House, Ken’s Boat, Ken’s Furniture, Ken’s Computer, one of Ken’s Friends, and a key chain made with Ken’s balls.

    Comment by AHLondon — November 19, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

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    Comment by jennifer — November 21, 2011 @ 7:15 am

  5. By the way – love this post and the one about Oakland…Not many bloggers mix parenting with politics…

    Comment by jennifer — November 21, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    • Then you must be new to this crew. Mixing is par.

      Comment by AHLondon — November 21, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

  6. […] I came across a post about Tattoo Barbie on the blog, Sitting On The Edge of the Sandbox, Biting My Tongue, I honestly thought it was a Photoshop job. But, no, this is the real thing. Starting at $425 on […]

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