President Barack Obama has proposed a solution to the dread common among baby boomer parents that their child will want a tattoo.
He and his wife Michelle have told their two daughters that if they opt for a tattoo they will do the same, and then post the results online.
“What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then mummy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo,'” Mr Obama told NBC, in an interview filmed before the Boston Marathon bombings.
“And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that’s a good way to rebel.”
With every other celebrity seemingly sporting a tattoo, as well as 36 percent of 18 to 25 year-olds in the United States, the president appears to have grown concerned that his daughters, Malia 14, and Sasha, 11, may follow the growing trend. By contrast, just 11 per cent of the Obamas’ 50-64 age group admit to having a tattoo.
The president has previously expressed typical parental amazement at how quickly his girls are growing up, particularly Malia, who he recently hinted may have a boyfriend.