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Morons Tattoo Their Kids

January 13th, 2010 by

Here we go again.  Every now and then (and more often than I’d like to admit) the Tattoo Blog has news of some idiot somewhere improperly or illegally tattooing others.  Well, it’s officially a new year and I guess that means that it’s time for another such case.

Patty “Jo Jo” Marsh and Jacob Edward Bartels of Summerville, Georgia were arrested on December 28th after tattooing their six children, aged from 10 to 17.  Last Friday the couple were bonded out of jail on $10,000 property bonds.

The tattoo in question was a small black cross between the thumb and index finger of each child’s hand.  One child was also tattooed with the words “Mama and Dad”.  For their part, Patty “Jo Jo” Marsh and Jacob Edward Bartels simply can’t figure out what they’ve done wrong.

“‘I’m their mother. Shouldn’t I be able to decide if they get one?,” Marsh said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, after being released from jail on bail.

“They weren’t hurt by them,” Marsh said to the paper.

“We would never do anything to hurt them….I don’t understand why this is getting ‘blowed up’ so big.”‘

Yes, it’s very difficult to figure out just why this is getting so “blowed up”, isn’t?  I mean, aside from it being illegal in the state of Georgia to tattoo anyone under the age of 18.  It might also have something to do with the fact that neither Patty “Jo Jo” Marsh nor Jacob Edward Bartels are licensed or trained tattoo artists.  How do I know that?  Well, considering that they tattooed their children with a plastic pen tube and a guitar string, I’d say it’s obvious.  In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb here and venture to guess that neither Patty “Jo Jo” Marsh nor Jacob Edward Bartels are licensed or trained at anything, period.  I’d also venture to guess that if you’re a parent and can’t understand why things are getting so “blowed up” after you illegally tattooed your children with crap equipment and zero ability, then it’s probably best that you aren’t permitted the responsibility of raising children in the first place.

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