Every parent has the right to raise their child as they see fit, but some unusual practices confuse some people while causing judgment in others. There is no single way to raise a child, but many people doubt the creative methods of Shameka Morris, who decided to decorate her baby’s body with tattoos.
Every mother approaches parenting differently based on her own beliefs and methods, but some of these methods are very controversial, especially when it comes to the well-being and safety of the child.
Shameka Morris, a fashion designer from West Palm Beach, Florida, faced this controversy, creating a viral debate on social media. The debate stems from the scandalous news that Morris has been tattooing her son Traylin since he was just six months old. Now before you completely lose it, keep in mind that she’s doing this with painless temporary tattoos, but the shocking aesthetic you can see in these photos has caught the attention and opinions of people all over the world.
But how come there is such outrage from the general public over a few tattoos? As you can see from the pictures, it doesn’t have just one or two pieces of ink. Literally his entire body is covered with these tattoos, which has drawn criticism. Regardless of the backlash she receives, Shameka often professes her love for tattoos and says she doesn’t regret her decisions.
Although the tattoos are temporary and the little boy has a smile on his face in many of these images, this mom could care less about what others think, saying: “I don’t care about people judging me because it’s a way of a life we enjoy.”
In an interview, she revealed more about her experiences, sharing, “I get very aggressive reactions. People say I’m raising my son like a ‘gangster’ or a ‘thug’ and they’re not used to seeing a baby with tattoos.’
Shameka also shared that when she was eight months pregnant with Traylin, she took maternity photos with her brothers at a tattoo parlor. According to Morris, that’s when the mockery started on social media. Negative comments were filled with sentiments that her baby “will be born with lots of tattoos and that his skin will be stained.”
Despite the fact that this body art does not harm the little boy, many are worried that this practice will have a negative effect on Traylin and that he is too young to understand the consequences of what is being put on his body as he does not understand concept of consent at his age.
Morris herself claims that her baby likes his tattoos, saying that he dances in front of the mirror and feels more confident, but because babies are too young to make their own decisions, many people are skeptical about it.
It would be one thing if he was a little older and let his mom know that this is a way of creative expression, but since this seems to be her outlet for creative expression, it just seems like he has to do it on his own you are a body.
According to this mother, the backlash from the comments hurt her emotionally. She said: “The reaction was terrible. It hurts my feelings because I know I’m not a bad mother.
Maurice’s sister, Dinera, said: “When Shameka came up with the idea, I didn’t agree with it, I was totally against it. I didn’t want her to do that to him. But because I saw where it could take her and Traylin, I didn’t have a problem with it because it turned out to be a positive thing.”
While we’re not sure about Maurice’s parenting qualities in other areas, we understand the concerns of many parents. However, calling a kid a “thug” based on body art really seems like a form of racial prejudice, which it’s not, no matter how skeptical people are of her eyebrow-raising artistic decisions.
We hope this decision does not haunt Shameka and her son for the rest of their lives. Since tattoos are seen as a way of self-expression, it might make more sense for Shameka to use her own body as a canvas, or perhaps sketch tattoo ideas that she wants to show her son when he grows up a little.
Tattoos have never been a conventional thing in society, but they become even stranger when they are done on a baby. However, tattoos for adults are more often accepted and appreciated by others, especially since adults have the ability to better understand the meaning of the tattoo and can share its story when people ask. While tattoos usually empower an individual, in this case we’re not so sure!
Despite all the haters, these two have a lot of fans. Today, the toddler has 118,000 followers on Instagram, showing off her fake tattoos and stylish outfits.