You know what really gets me? I mean really gets me? I’ll tell you. What really gets me is when people who have tattoos finally decide to have their tattoos removed, only to turn around and lecture people about what a bad idea that tattoos are. This is annoying enough when it’s just a regular Joe doing the preaching, but when it’s a celebrity, it gets particularly nauseating.
Enter Mark Wahlberg: producer, actor and former male model and (ha-ha!) hip-hop star. At one point in his life, Wahlberg had a few tattoos, including this gem, but the Hollywood star has finally reached a point in his life where he no longer wants to be tattooed. Because of this, he’s undergone laser removal surgery to get rid of those pesky reminders of when he was young and oh so foolish.
But wait! It’s apparently not enough for Wahlberg to rid himself of his tattoos, he has to bring his kids into it and force them to see why his mistakes will ultimately become theirs should they ever choose to get tattooed.
‘The star first went under the needle when he was just 11, but the one-time bad boy has since transformed himself into a family man and wants to remove his skin art in a bid to set a good example to his four kids.
He recently said, “I just don’t want my kids to think tattoos are cool.”
And Wahlberg admits he’s taken to more extreme measures to ensure his daughter Ella, seven, and son Michael, three, are well aware of the consequences of getting tattooed.
He says, “I started getting the tattoos removed initially to do The Fighter, because I didn’t want make-up to cover them up all the time. First time I got them, they all had meaning to them…
“When I started removing them, they said it’d take five to seven visits. I’d been 20-something times and I took my two oldest to watch because it’s like getting burnt with hot baking grease, there’s blood coming up, it looks like somebody welded your skin, there’s these welts that come up like a quarter of an inch. Hopefully that will deter them from getting (tattoos).”‘
A) Having tattoos has absolutely nothing to do with one’s ability to be a father and a good “family man”.
B) Just because Marky Mark’s tattoos weren’t cool doesn’t mean that tattoos in general aren’t cool.
Yes, Whalberg does insist that his tattoos all had meaning to him when he got them done, but what he’s ignorant of is assuming that his own situation is the same as anyone elses, or that it will be the same as his children’s future situations. Come on man! Your kids are going to grow up and live their lives as they see fit, just as you did. Don’t be such a dick.
Anyway, I had to get that off my chest.