It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for tattoo artist Kat Von D.
Shortly after posting pics from her extravagant wedding to Prayers member Rafael Reyes, the couple also revealed they are expecting, with Von D posting a full view of her growing bump on Instagram.
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I knew the minute we announced our pregnancy that we would be bombarded with unsolicited advice. Some good and some questionable – unsolicited none the less. I also was prepared for the backlash and criticism we would get if we decided to be open about our personal approach to our pregnancy. My own Father flipped out on me when I told him we decided to ditch our doctor and go with a midwife instead. If you don’t know what it’s like have people around you think you are ridiculous, try being openly vegan. And, if you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you – try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations. My point being: I already know what it’s like to make life choices that are not the same as the majority. So your negative comments are not going influence my choices – actual research and educating myself will – which i am diligently doing. This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey. Feel free to follow me on here if you like what I’m about – whether it’s tattooing, lipstick, Animal Rights, sobriety, feminism, ridiculous gothiness, black flower gardening, cats, or my adorable husband. But if you don’t dig a certain something about what I post, i kindly ask that you press the unfollow button and move the fuck on. So before anyone of you feel inspired to tell me how to do this, I would appreciate you keeping your unsolicited criticism to yourself. More importantly, for those who have amazing positive energy to send my way, I will gladly and graciously receive it with love! X
“If you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you,” Von D writes, adding, “try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations.”
Jenny McCarthy famously became the celebrity face of the anti-vax movement in the mid-2000s when she blamed her son’s autism diagnosis, in part, on the MMR vaccine. The effect of that movement has been quite dire — in 2006, the first child in England in more than a decade died from measles. In 2008, over 131 reported cases of measles were reported in the first half of the year alone.