Man dragged for hating ‘conservative’ mom’s first tattoo

Internet commenters called out one man for his reaction to his mother’s first tattoo, which came courtesy of his girlfriend.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/momtattooed (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said that his girlfriend has been getting herself and friends tattooed “for years,” and explained That’s what happened when she met her “conservative” parents.

Title, “[Am I the a**hole] to be upset with me [girlfriend] To give a tattoo to my mom,” Viral Post 10.4K upvotes and 3,000 have been received in just eight hours.

Writing that he and his girlfriend have been together for the past year, the original poster states that their parents were visiting the couple when they encouraged their partner to dress in a way that they felt that they would be pleased.

“My parents are more conservative and traditional, so when they planned a trip to visit us I told them to wear long clothes just to cover up [her tattoos],” he wrote. “She declined and the day they left she wore a crop top with shorts.”

When his parents arrived, however, the original poster said he was “shocked” at their reaction to his girlfriend’s tattoo.

He wrote, “My parents came in and started praising them on the tattoo, especially my mother.”

After a lengthy conversation between his mother and girlfriend, the original poster said that he and his father went back to their backyard. After a while he got a bigger blow than before.

“When we came back to my mom my girlfriend ran over to my dad to show her the tattoo,” he wrote. “My dad loved it and my mom was busy telling everyone about it on Facebook.”

Thousands of Redditors called out a man who reprimanded his girlfriend for giving her mother her first tattoo.
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“My girlfriend came downstairs and I asked her why she would put it on my mom without asking me,” he continued. “She laughed at my face and said that my mother was a grown woman.”

A survey conducted by in 2019 statista Turns out that 44 percent of Americans reported having one or more tattoos.

While 35 percent of those surveyed reported having just one tattoo, and even fewer reported having more than one, (19 percent of Americans reported having two or three, 18 percent reported having four). or five, 9 percent reported being between 11 and 20 and less than 5 percent reported having more than 20 tattoos), changing stereotypes has fueled a boom in the tattoo industry.

Despite the negative feelings long associated with body art (especially on the hands, neck and face), researchers found Shepherd University reported that the tattoo industry grew by 23 percent in 2021.

With that percentage expected to grow at a steady pace, vast numbers of Americans have found themselves in tattoo shops across the country, including those previously unlikely tattoo candidates.

In a viral Reddit post, u/momtatooed said that her mom’s new tattoo features four small flowers, one for each member of her family. However, the sentiment was not enough for the original poster to justify a piece of art – much to the ire of his parents and girlfriend.

He wrote, “My parents… took my girlfriend’s side so I went upstairs.” “It’s been a few days and I can’t bring myself to talk to him when he does this behind my back.”

In thousands of reactions to the viral post, Redditors criticized the original poster for his visceral reaction to the tattoo and echoed his girlfriend’s sentiment that her mom is a grown woman capable of making her own choices.

“Why are you upset at all?” Redditor u/hptvforever posed the question in the top comment of the post, which garnered nearly 20,000 votes.

He said, “Because your grown-up mom didn’t ask your permission to get a tattoo? Or did your seasoned girlfriend agree to give a tattoo to a grown woman who wanted a tattoo?” “Or is it because you’re upset that your parents are more open-minded than you think?”

Redditor u/RadioFace9779, whose comment garnered nearly 10,000 votes, was adamant that the original poster’s reaction, nor his behavior with his girlfriend, was in no way justified.

,[You’re the a**hole] to ask your [girlfriend] To cover up, to assume that your parents would be so judgmental that they would dislike her for her ink, and especially for being angry at two consensually grown women a** women with their bodies What decided to do,” he wrote.

“Your parents can keep that and leave you,” he said.

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