Relax, everybody. The controversial Willow Smith tongue piercing is a fake!
Smith posted the snap on her Instagram account, then admitted the stud wasn’t real and she was just playing around. Which raises the more important question: what’s an 11-year-old doing with her own unfettered social media account? (Some of her commenters are horrendous.)
Even if the stud was real—does it even matter anymore? Ever look around and noticed everybody and their dog has a tattoo now? Or a tattoo of their dog?
Tattoos, lip piercings, tongue piercings, cigarette smoking, high heels—kids of today have it all. It’s the done thing to get a tattoo these days. My husband’s 20-year-old son has a full sleeve and intends to get more. On one arm he has “Honor of God” tattooed in big, thick, black font. In Greek. I tell him that he is going to have to explain to people the meaning of his tattoo for the rest of his life. He says it’s cool and he doesn’t care. My husband’s 15-year-old daughter has one tattoo, and her tongue and nose are pierced. (I know. I KNOW.)
My 10-year-old said the most controversial thing the other night: he declared he would never get any tattoos or piercings. Now THAT’S different.
If my two young guys want some tats when they gets older, I’d be down with that, as long as they really think about it properly. I have a few tattoos; add to them every once in a while, but I don’t go to town. I wonder about all these young ‘uns. Someone is going to make a killing in the laser removal business, twenty years from now. It’s a forever decision, and much as I love seeing all of my children engage in freedom of personal expression, they’re still so young. All of them, just figuring out who they are and what they like.
Is anybody else thinking of the children, and how fast they are growing up these days? What about Suri Cruise’s calluses?
Miley Cyrus has ten piercings, including her belly and nose. She has 14 tattoos, with “Just Breathe” underneath her left breast. She is 20 years old. Taylor Momsen, Ke$ha, Ashlee Simpson .. all tattooed and pierced at a young age. Avril Lavigne and Brody Jenner have matching tattoos—a fetching “F*CK” on both their ribcages.
“This is my favorite tattoo,” gushes Lavigne. “Because it’s my favorite word!”
Justin Beiber first had ink done on his 16th birthday. If he needed his father’s permission, he just had to turn his head because his father was sitting right next to him. At last count, the Biebs had six tats at the ripe old age of 18, including a star on his elbow, Jesus on his leg, Hebrew script on his side, and a dear little Jonathan Livingstone seagull near his belly button.
There was a true battle of the generations on Letterman last week, with Letterman voicing his disapproval over Justin’s newest tattoo, the word “Believe” on his arm. (“Believe” is the name of the Biebs’ latest album, released last Tuesday.)
“Oh God, how many do you have?” Letterman grabbed the squirming singer’s arm, making motions to scrub the fresh tattoo off.
“Tell me that’s the last one … honestly, how does that help the way you look?”
After Letterman urged Bieber not to go nuts and get the Sistine Chapel treatment all over his body, Justin responded with the scariest thing of all.
“I’m not intending to get the sixteenth chapel.”
I WEEP FOR HUMANITY.