Shamikia Morris began tattooing her son when he was just six months old.
The mother, residing in Florida, enjoys adorning her child’s body with tattoos. Although these tattoos are temporary, the majority of people strongly disagree with this practice.
Shamikia has faced sharp criticism for her unusual “hobby.” Many people accuse her of being a bad mother who is about to raise a gangster. “Most of the comments about me are horrible to say the least. It’s crazy. People insult me in all kinds of ways, and it hurts my feelings because I know I’m not a terrible mother. If they want to judge someone based on a random 30-second video they saw on social networks, that’s fine, but they should know that their opinion does not determine the essence or future of the person they are accusing,” says Shamikia in her interview.
She maintains that she doesn’t care about people criticizing her because it’s her choice and it’s about her lifestyle. The mother states that her family has already come to accept what she is doing with her child. “At first, my family despised me. None of them liked my tattoos, and when I started decorating Traylin’s body, they were shocked and devastated.”
“Now that they’re starting to realize it might be for the good, they’re embracing it. We attract everyone’s attention when we are out. Young people love his tattoos,” says Shamikia. She believes that with the help she is getting, she will build a better future for Traylin.
Diara, who is Shamikia’s sister, expressed her strong opposition to the idea from the beginning. She absolutely did not support this concept. She shared, “I didn’t want my sister to do this to him, but once I realized it could be of help to them, I accepted it. The moment she told me she wanted to start tattooing her 6-month-old baby, I immediately told her that someone would go to child protection, but in the end, I respected her decision and accepted the way she chose to care for Treylin. Some commentators even said that the little one would be at risk in the streets or that she was raising him like a prisoner, but she really loved him.”