Why Obama's Tattoo-Prevention Plan for His Girls Is Brilliant

We love President Obama's plan to discourage his daughters from getting a tattoo

If Sasha or Malia Obama ever considering getting a tattoo, their dad, President Barack Obama, has an interesting tactic to change their minds. During a recent interview on the TODAY Show, Obama said: "What we've said to the girls is, 'If you guys ever decide you're going to get a tattoo, then Mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo, in the same place, and we'll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo."

I have to say -- it's a pretty effective strategy. My Dad pretty much did the same thing to me. Two weeks after I turned 18 and could legally get inked -- I bought myself a tattoo as a tribute to my last name: Tigar (pronounced like the animal). I cringed as loud, heavy metal music bounced off the walls in a tiny parlor in North Carolina and a guy with tattooed sleeves drew black paw prints right below my belt.

I proudly displayed my ink when I returned home from college a month later to my mom and dad, who never really cared if I got a tattoo or not (they signed for my belly button piercing when I was 15). I didn't think they'd be mad, but I really didn't expect my dad to be, well, inspired. When I graduated from college and moved to New York, I visited my family for the first time over Labor Day, and while there, laying out in the sun, I saw orange paw prints.

On my dad's hip.

Apparently, my dad thought it'd be sweet if we had matching tattoos since we share the same last name and one day, I'll (maybe) change mine. While the gesture was loving, if I would have known my dad was going to copy my "sexy and rebellious" ink, I probably wouldn't have gotten it. Or at least in the same place.

So props to the President for his funny warning to his daughters, even if I think "White House Family of '08 and '12" would be pretty cool as a family tattoo.

Lindsay Tigar is the associate editor for pregnancy/parenting, love/sex at iVillage. Read her blog here. Follow her on Twitter @loveaddictnyc.


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