Barbie gets tattoos for fashion makeover – but what message does this send to her young fans?

Pink hair, leopard leggings… and tattoos: Barbie gets inked for fashion makeover – but what message does this send to her young fans

6:18 PM on 18th October 2011

Tokidoki Barbie

Tattoo much A limited-edition Barbie by Italian brand Tokidoki has given the doll floral and Manga cartoon-style body art across her left arm, neck and chest

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Controversial: The doll has sparkly silver heels and a cactus-covered companion named “Bastardino” – what parents will make of that remains to be seen

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Inked: The Tokidoki doll is not the first Barbie with tattoos. In 1999, Mattel released Butterfly Art Barbie (left), and in 2009, Totally Stylin” Tattoos Barbie (right)