If there’s one thing the internet is fabulously good at, it’s a knee-jerk reaction. A Tiktok video posted by Jayda Harris and her husband went viral, and faced the internet’s snap judgements immediately. In this instance, its really important to pay attention. The video depicts their 6-month old with a “tattoo” applied to his leg. Naturally, the internet left critical thinking at the door, bombarding the couple with massive backlash.
“Isn’t that illegal?,” and “Why would you get your baby a tattoo for? Like what the f–k is wrong with you people?,” were just some of the statements spilling into the comments section. We’re a little more observant.
It’s obviously an an airbrush. And according to the couple, they had the application done at a local zoo.
Zoos often have face-painting for kids, allowing them to look like their favorite animals. But instead of applying paint with a brush — requiring far more precision and a careful hand — artists use stencils and airbrushes to create clean lines, color gradients, and graphics. And since it’s meant for skin, its components are washable and non-toxic.
In all honesty, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that no one has bothered to take a few minutes to think. Tiktok isn’t exactly a font of educational information. Trends on titktok have a tendency to take a lean towards the dangerous, like cooking chicken in Nyquil, or hijacking KIA’s. And, like most social media, mob mentality takes over. People would rather ride the wave of outrage than use common sense.
Maybe next time take a minute before condemning people.