The picture, taken 20 years ago, still has people outraged crying child abuse and saying it was dangerous and risking the infants life.

The image was shared on Instagram last month by Liberty Tattoo in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tattoo artist, Kaki Cannon, can be seen working on the then, new mum Su Mendez’s, arm while she breastfeeds her infant son, reports Daily Mail.

Su can be seen calmly looking away while her best friend, Kaki, works on her arm, cradling her newborn baby as he nurses from her breast.

‘Here’s Kaki doing one of her first tattoos 20 years ago at Ms. Deborah’s Fountain of Youth Tattoo on her best friend Su,’ the caption explains.

The impressive photo has now earned almost 8,000 likes on Instagram, with comments deeming the scene ‘awesome’ and ‘crazy’ at the same time.

Su tells Ravishly, “I’ve never really cared about what people think of me. If you read the comments, 98 percent of the people thought it was awesome, and like 2 percent said the baby would die. But he turned out pretty okay, I think. He’s 21 now.”

She added, “I think it’s really interesting that 20 years later this picture is still an object of fascination. We think we’ve come so far in these politics, that we get to be who we are as women and not explain ourselves or apologize, but we’re still circling around the same issues.

 “Some people got pretty messy about it. Someone said it was child abuse. That it wasn’t clean.

It is my body. My child is entitled to the best in this world, and what’s better than the loving embrace of a mother and getting loved and fed?”

Here’s Kaki doing one of her first tattoos 20 years ago at Ms. Deborah’s Fountain of Youth Tattoo on her best friend Su. #tattootimemachine

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  • that would be too hard to sit still for. It is amazing that this pic is 20 years old, wow! Everyone has their own opinion on it and i think that the tattooing advice nowadays is to wait until you have stopped breastfeeding so that you don’t risk passing something on to your baby


  • I hope her arm is numb. If I suddenly got pain I would defintely move, even if it was involuntary. Knowing me I would move both arms. Only for that reason I would not hold a baby while getting a tattoo or risk anything that can cause pain. As everybody can see from the photo the baby is feeding regardless of what is happening. He might not have like the smell of her skin and could have reacted to that though. If that was the case I am sure she would have stopped the tattoo temporarily.


  • I don’t like tattoos either, but I love the fact that she’s breastfeeding her baby. :-)


  • Some people will always judge and always be unkind – ignore them. I do not find anything offensive or dangerous about about this image.

    • I do not mind tattoos either – a personal choice.


  • When I look at this image I see an artist at work on a mum who’s lovingly feeding her baby.


  • I don’t like tattoos, but can’t see a problem with the baby.


  • Mums are always multitasking aren’t they!


  • I reckon the baby is more likely to die if his mum doesn’t feed him than if she feeds him while being tattooed. As she pointed out, he’s 21 now. Can’t have been that damaging.


  • I see no problem with this!


  • Each to their own! I can’t see the baby is in any danger ….


  • Well, I wonder if the mum is at risk from her arm jerking at the wrong moment! But I don’t think the baby is at risk.


  • I am not really a huge fan of tattoos but it’s her choice and I honestly don’t see how the baby was in any danger.


  • Some people like to criticise others
    The baby is happy ???? with her mum . she is a great mum looking after her baby where ever


  • I wouldn’t do it but the baby looks happy and is nowhere near the needle so why not


  • People are so judgemental baby looks happy healthy and being fed right. Gahh so many real things worth complaining about not this not then not now.


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