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Viral Image of Baby Being Tattooed

by Brett M. Christensen


An image that appears to depict a crying child being forcibly tattooed by an adult male is currently circulating via social media, causing outrage as it travels.

Brief Analysis

The origin of the image remains unclear, although it appears to be a genuine photograph. The same image has been posted to numerous ‘parenting fail’ websites since at least 2012. While it is unclear from the picture alone if the child is really being tattooed, he is very clearly distraught. Disturbingly, there have been several cases in which young children have indeed been tattooed.


Baby Tatoo


Detailed Analysis

This viral image, which is circulating via social media, apparently depicts a crying baby whose outstretched arm is about to be tattooed by an adult male wielding a tattoo machine.

Understandably, the image is generating a good deal of anger as it travels. The origin of the image is unclear, although it appears to be a genuine photograph. The same image has appeared on a great many ‘parenting fail’ websites since at least 2012. However, I am yet to find any concrete information about the incident depicted or the identity of the adult male or child.
Some have suggested that the child may not really be getting tattooed. The tattoo gun is not touching the child’s skin and it is unclear from the picture alone if any tattooing has already been done. It is conceivable that the picture represents, not an act of child abuse, but rather an ill thought out and amazingly foolish staged prank. After all, a photograph can forever capture a single moment in time, including moments where people perform monumentally stupid acts. Nevertheless, the child is clearly very distraught.

Sadly, the tattooing of young children does sometimes occur. In 2011, a Georgia USA man was charged for tattooing his three-year-old son on the shoulder. In another case, a babysitter tattooed two children in his charge. To make matters worse, the parents of the children allegedly later attempted to remove the tattoos by scraping them with a heated razor blade. Both the parents and the babysitter were charged with malicious wounding and child abuse.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,