Photo Credit: Tokidoki Barbie
Is Barbie taking a page out of tattoo artist Kat Von D’s stylebook? America’s most iconic doll may have dabbled in temporary tattoos in the past, but it looks like this time she’s gone under the (ink) gun -- for real. In addition to sporting a pink bob, leopard leggings and a skull-heart top, the limited edition Tokidoki Barbie, released by the Italian fashion label of the same name, is rocking some serious body art.
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that some people are totally freaking out about this. You know because Barbie’s always been such a great role model (with her relative 18-inch waist and belly-baring outfits and perfectly perky boobs and a scale that’s permastuck at 110 pounds). Sure, she’s been a paratrooper, a paleontologist, a princess, a pilot and even the president. But do you want your daughters dressing like her? Probably not. Will your kids grow up thinking that "Newborn Baby Doctors" actually wear ruffled mini-skirts and pink platform sandals to work? Or are actually called "Newborn Baby Doctors?" Not if you’re there explaining how these things really work.
Let me point out that Ink-Up-Her-Neck Barbie (not her real name) retails for fifty bucks -- although she seems to have gotten herself all sold out -- so it’s not like the kid next door is going to have one, causing your daughter to sneak out to the nearest tattoo parlor the minute she sees it. These are for collectors. They’re meant to be edgy. Plus, Tokidoki is really fun to say. If they were $9.99 I’d get one for my daughters. Because if Mattel has more say over what they think is appropriate than I do, I’m already screwed.