Tokidoki Barbie Gets Tattoos
Yes, tokidoki Barbie looks like a horrible hipster/socialite hybrid, but she’s also a tattooed Barbie doll. Who would have thought that America’s most prissy and disproportionate fashion model would let herself get all tatted up?
tokidoki® Barbie® doll is always ready for cutting-edge fashion! She pops on a pink miniskirt, logo leggings and black top with signature skull heart and bones, carries a large bag from the brand, then adds bracelets, a belt, and sky-high sparkly silvery shoes! This funky fashionista features trendy tattoos and a pink bob. With cactus friend, Bastardino, by her side, she’s ready for fun in fashion-forward form!
This is even a step up from the Totally Stylin’ Tattoos Barbie that came out a few years ago. That Barbie came with temporary tattoos and a “tattoo gun” that could be used on both the Barbie and on the child. It caused a big uproar back then, but a lot of parents decided that temporary tattoos are fun and harmless.
But what about a Barbie who already comes with her own, non-removable tattoos and pink hair? This doll is marketed to adult collectors, but I could see some parents having an issue with their child’s iconic character having tattoos.
Think about the flip side, though. There are plenty of parents out there now who have lots of tattoos. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a doll that “looked like mommy”, tattoos and all? A problem that Barbie has always had is a general lack of diversity. It would be great if there were Barbies for the children of parents who live alternative lifestyles. Granted, any kid can draw on Barbie to give her tattoos like mom, or mat her hair into dreads, but wouldn’t it be great if Barbie already came that way?
Either way, I don’t have kids or tattoos, although I plan on having both at some point in the future. As a future parent and future “really tattooed” person (I already have side, sleeve, and chest pieces planned) I would like for there to be a child’s toy that says that it’s okay to be different.
Now, disregarding the social implications of a tattooed Barbie, I have to ask: isn’t that a really pretty Barbie doll? I have a guilty pleasure for tokidoki, and the whole getup is just adorable, from the pink hair to the purse to Bastardino. If you look closely at her leggings, it looks like some of the leopard spots are faces. Very detailed.
My only problem with the doll is that it seems Barbie has starved away her boobs. She looks very twiggy and bobble-headed. I’m not a fan of the less voluptuous, anorexic Barbie.
The tokidoki Barbie doll will be available from barbiecollector.com starting on October 13th for $50. I’m still on the fence about getting her, but I would also love to be able to show her off to my kids one day. Plus, there’s nothing cuter than a cactus bulldog. Nothing.
via Bit Rebels