Why Does Mommy Have Tattoos?

By Marilyn Rondón

Why Does Mommy Have Tattoos? is a work of imagination and creativity by artist Marilyn Rondón. This illustrated children’s book answers the questions often posed to tattooed parents by their children and their children’s friends. Each page is bright and interactive, and the book engages children with themes of self-acceptance, wrapped in fun dialogue with richly colored illustrations by Rondón. Why Does Mommy Have Tattoos? is an enthusiastic and unforgettable children’s book for both conversation and learning.

Why Does Mommy Have Tattoos? is an imaginative book about diversity, and is written to encourage kids and parents to be anything they want to be with or without tattoos. —Kirstie Kovats, INKED MAGAZINE

Why Does Mommy Have Tattoos?

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Marilyn Rondon: Author & Illustrator
Hardback ISBN: 978-0-9970893-3-2
Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9970893-4-9
Lit Riot Press Imprint: Art
Hardcover ($22.95): Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBoundWaterstones
Paperback ($16.95): Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound | Waterstones

Reviews for Why Does Mommy Have Tattoos?

“Marilyn, with her own remarkable collection of tattoos, feels it’s important for kids to know that “tattoos are simply an art form, a very beautiful art form,” and she draws from her own experiences and channels the discrimination and stigma she faced into an important lesson for the younger generation.” —Olivia Cassano, KONBINI

“The book, full of original illustrations by Marilyn herself, will teach kids one big lesson — “that tattoos don’t make people bad, they’re just art.” And Marilyn, with her own beautiful collection of tattoos, feels it’s important to let her baby readers know just that.”—Mallory Llewellyn, GALORE

“Lost to Mario Kart and MySpace. Did Justin Bieber kill the children’s book? Luckily, the answer is a resounding “NO!” Thanks to rock star artists like Marilyn Rondon.” Jason Goldwatch, MASS APPEAL

“Marilyn Rondon is a one-of-a-kind artist with a poetic background — it seems creativity just flows throughout her veins … Rondon hustled her way to the top and has now created her first ever children’s book called Why Does Mommy Have Tattoos? Between being an artist, an author, a model, and an advocate for mental health, this beautiful boss babe is the multidisciplinary artist you need to check out ASAP.” Raven Ishak, TASTE THE STYLE

“Her latest endeavor is a children’s book called Why Does Mommy Have Tattoos?, which she wrote and illustrated herself. The book playfully explains the nature of tattoos as an art form and mode of self-expression. The book serves to teach children and adults about diversity in an imaginative way.” — Maria J. Livingstone, REHAB MAGAZINE

“Marilyn Rondón has written and illustrated a groundbreaking children’s book. Rarely does a children’s book take me by surprise by its originality and empathetic understanding of the questions children ask and how Mommies try to answer them. I can imagine children almost climbing into the book as they enjoy the story and the illustrations that provide so many opportunities for other questions to emerge about tattoos and how we express our uniqueness and create our own identities.” —Customer Review, AMAZON

“Delightful, empowering book by a young brave and brilliant artist. This book is a great educational gift, a delightful read for young and the young at heart with or without tattoos on their own skin.” —Customer Review,  AMAZON

“Brilliant! Excellent book. Fun read and beautiful artistry. My daughter absolutely loves it and so do we!” —Customer Review, AMAZON

“Beautiful woman with beautiful, progressive ideals. Will keep for any future children!” —Customer Review, AMAZON

“I bought one book for my daughter and another for my niece. They loved it! After they where done reading it they both go through the pages and say “so that’s why my mom has a spider” …. “my mommy does have roses” … Both my sister and daughters mom have tattoos and the little girls always wondered why… Oh and the Illustrations are dope as well!” —Customer Review, AMAZON

“This book is fun, hilarious and insightful! It is an instant favorite for young parents and for kids!” —Customer Review, AMAZON

“This is an adorable book, the illustrations are incredible, and the goal is my favorite! My son loves to read this before bed. Thank for explaining the unexplainable.” —Customer Review, AMAZON

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About The Author & Artist Marilyn Rondón

Marilyn Rondón is an artist, fitness instructor, model, and DJ from Miami Beach, Florida. Her work spans a wide range including colored graphic paintings, large-scale murals, and photography. Rondón’s artwork and zines are sold online and at the New York and Los Angeles Art Book Fairs and the Miami Zine Fair. She is a prolific artist – going by the names Totally Stoked On You and Caliente Chica. Her clients include Reebok, York Athletics MFG, O Mighty, Stray Rats and Dollskill. She has been featured in both print and digital publications including Exit Magazine, Mass Appeal, Inked Magazine, Miami New times, The Miami Herald, The New York Times, Dazed Digital, Nakid Magazine, Autre Magazine, High Snobiety Mammoth UK, IRL Mag and Konbini. Rondón is an emerging spirit. She inspires young women by promoting fitness and mental health, channeling mental toughness, and facilitating conversations about health and human sexuality. (Photo Credit: Daniel Savage)