Mum-of-two says other parents cross road to avoid her because of extreme tattoos

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Amy Smith, 23, has been getting tattoos since she was 13 and hopes she can turn her negative experience into a positive by showing her children it’s important to love who you are

Amy also says parents cross the road when she they see her
Amy Smith says parents cross the road when she they see her

A mum-of-two claims other parents cross the road to avoid her because of her extreme tattoos.

Amy Smith, 23, has been getting tattoos since she was 13 and she has her own tattoo gun.

The mum, from Leicester, says her appearance gets judged as security guards follow her in the shops and other parents cross the road when they see her.

Amy, who is a mum to Elijah, six, and Remy, one, also says she’s been told she “shouldn’t look like that”.

Her oldest child is protective over Amy and even draws his own tattoo designs to cheer her up.

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

“Parents my own age can be very judgemental – some parents cross the road to get their children away from me, and I tend to get followed by security in shops that don’t know me.


Amy says she gets followed in shops by security guards because of her tattoos
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“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.

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“However, it can also be really heart-warming. I get spoken to a lot on the school run or at school events, and parents have even turned around and told me that 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.”

She hopes she can show her children that it is to be yourself and let other people do the same.

A photo of Amy before she had tattoos
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Amy, pictured with son Elijah, hopes her experience can show her kids how important it is to love yourself
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Amy said: “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.”

Amy with her sons Remy and Elijiah, right
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Amy does say not all of her experiences are negative as her tattoos are sometimes a conversation starter on the school run, and some parents do chat to her, even asking for advice about getting tattoos.

She hopes to raise her sons to be open and accepting of others – no matter how they look or dress.

She said: “I’ve always been interested in tattoos. I remember watching Miami Ink when I was around 10, and from then, my heart was set on getting tattoos and learning how to do them.

“I got my first tattoo at thirteen – 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 fourteenth birthday.

“That really helped me to get the practice I needed to get into the industry.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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