Mom Draws Criticism for Giving One-Year-Old Son Realistic Temporary Tattoos

A young Florida fashion designer and tattoo-loving mother-of-one has been getting a lot of the online for covering her one-year-old son in hyperrealistic temporary tattoos.

29-year-old Shamekia Morris, a fashion designer from West Palm Beach, started putting temporary tattoos on her son Treylin when he was only six months old, and it has since become a habit that she shares with thousands of fans on social media. Although the effect is admittedly quite striking, not everyone is a fan of Shamekia’s idea, with some going as far as calling her irresponsible or a bad mother. Still, the mother-of-one, who herself is covered in tattoos, said that she won’t let the criticism stop her from living a lifestyle that both she and her son enjoy.

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Looking at the photos and video clips Shamekia posts on TikTok and Instagram, you’d think her toddler son Trylin is a regular at tattoo studios around West Palm Beach. Covered in realistic “ink” from the neck down, the little guy looks like a toddler rap superstar, with body art to rival some of the music industry’s hottest stars. But it’s all an illusion.

While Treylin’s tattoos may look real, they are actually intricate temporary tattoos that his mother loves to combine to match her own look. Still, even knowing that they are fake, some people are just rubbed the wrong way by the tattoos, and they make sure to let Shamekia know about it.

“I get a lot of backlash, people say I’m raising my son as a ‘gangster,’ a ‘thug,’ they’re not used to seeing a baby with tattoos,” the 29-year-old mother recently told Truly. “The backlash has been horrible. It hurts my feelings because I know I’m not a bad mom and I get called all types of names. It’s crazy.”

Shamekia admitted that, at first, her own family had issues with her putting tattoos on Treylin, but after seeing her turning her passion into something positive and gaining a sizeable following on social media, they actually became supportive.

“When Shamekia came up with the idea, I wasn’t down with it, I was totally against it. I did not want her to do that with him,” the woman’s sister, Dinera, said. “But since I’ve seen where it could take her and Treylin, I didn’t have no issue with it because it turned out to be a positive thing.”

The Florida fashion designer insists that her toddler son loves getting tattoos and getting dressed up for photo and video shoots. He has his own walk-in closet full of clothes and sneakers, and he likes the attention he often gets from people on the street.

Despite the negative reactions of some people, Shamekia Morris says she doesn’t plan to change her lifestyle anytime soon. She is convinced that she is a good mother to Treylin and she doesn’t plan to stop giving him temporary tattoos anytime soon.

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