Shamekia Morris, a fashion designer in West Palm Beach, Florida, first started doing temporary tattoos for her son Treylin when he was just 6 months old.
She often ‘decorates’ her son from head to toe with fake tattoos on his stomach, arms, back and legs. Although the tattoos are not real, many people online have labeled her a “bad mother”.
In a recent interview, she said: “I get a lot of backlash, people say that I am raising my son as a ‘gangster’, a ‘thug’. .”.
The online backlash began before Treylin was born, when she performed a pregnancy photo session in a tattoo parlor. And when she started wearing fake shirts for Trey, her followers were outraged.
She added: “ Their backlash was appalling. I feel heartbroken because I know I’m not a bad mother, but I’m constantly criticized by them.”
She also said that she will not let those people stop her hobby. “For those who judge me, I don’t care because this is a lifestyle we enjoy. If you’re judging someone by a 30-second video on social media, that’s your business, but what you say or think about someone won’t determine what they’ll be like in the future ,” she said. continue.
Shamekia shared: “ When I first started ‘tattooing’ Treylin, my family hated it because they didn’t like me having tattoos. My family is very upset. But now they see it can be something positive and they already love it. Because when we go out, he gets a lot of attention and the other kids really like the tattoos.”
Her sister Dinera added: “When Shamekia came up with the idea, I completely opposed it. I don’t want her to do that to the boy. But when I see where Treylin and her mother go, everyone is very excited about the fake tattoos so I think it’s also a positive thing for the mother and sister.”
Shamekia told the media: “I think Treylin likes to dress like that. When the boy saw himself dressed in the mirror, he jumped up and down with excitement.
Despite all the negative comments, Shamekia is confident that she is a good mother to Treylin and that she has no plans to stop with temporary tattoos any time soon.
“My point about being a great mother is to be your child’s cheerleader, your child’s companion, your child’s best friend,” she concluded.