For my next installment in the Tattoo Mama Project, let me introduce teacher and mother Megan Drozd! Megan is mama to two little boys, Elijah (4) and Noah (2). Megan has 7 different tattoos in various places. Her very first tattoo at age 18 was a shooting star and clouds. Lucky for her, she had the full support of her parents when she began her tattoo journey! Her absolute favorite tattoo is on the inside of her arm-it's a robot drawn by a talented friend who went with Megan to get the tattoo and see her work come to life. Funny enough, Megan tried to cover her tattoos in her wedding dress but quickly realized that the prettiest dresses were the ones that fully displayed all of her body art. As far as her job, Megan describes having tattoos while being a teacher to be a "sticky situation". Sometimes, the message is that her tattoos are fine, while other times she felt that she needed to cover them. Her students however were always thrilled to realize that their teacher had tattoos! She used this opportunity to teach them that they have to think carefully about their choices. "Tattoos make you unique AND responsible!"
I asked Megan if she ever experienced anything negative in regards to having tattoos. Her response was so thoughtful: "I’m super friendly, but I do find that sometimes other moms shy away from tattooed mothers. Luckily, I’ve never had to deal with an outright situation, but I do know of others who have had some downright nasty things said to them because of their tattoos. I’m lucky to use some of my time at home to write for Chicago Now, a Chicago based blogging platform, as one of The Stable Mables. I found that writing about tattooed parents, specifically mothers, was a hot issue. Unfortunately, groups exist devoted to slandering tattooed mothers, simply because they are tattooed. These groups proliferate misguided stereotypes about tattooed mothers. The truth is that tattooed mothers are just as loving, capable, and beautiful as our non-inked counterparts. I use my tattoos (and other people’s alternative body art) as ways to talk to my sons about diversity, beauty, and acceptance for others who are different from you."
Megan's favorite part of being a mom is seeing the world through her children's eyes. She glowingly describes her children as carrying an "infectious energy and positivity about the world, and I’m more than lucky to be along for the ride with these two gentlemen."