Wahlberg removes tattoos for kids
Published 20/02/2012 | 11:32
Mark Wahlberg has revealed he takes his children to see him getting his tattoos removed to discourage them from getting any themselves.
The 40-year-old father-of-four told US show Today he does not regret his "six or seven" tattoos, but he doesn't want his children, aged between two and eight, to get any when they are older.
Mark said: "They all have meaning to me, but it's both personal and professional.
"I don't want my kids getting tattoos. And I wanted them to be [removed] by the time I did The Fighter because putting make-up on and covering them up has always been a pain in the butt.
"I've taken my two older kids to the procedure so they see how painful it is and what I have to go through."
And the Contraband star - who entered the spotlight as a teenager with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch - doesn't want his children to follow his career path either.
He said: "I don't want my kids to be in the entertainment business either, which is why I'm trying to build a lot of [separate] businesses."
The actor has become a film producer and restaurant owner.
He said: "If they feel [passionate about acting], and that's the decision they want to make, then I'll support them. But I'll do everything I can to point them in another direction."
He added: "I've always said, 'If I succeed as a businessman and I fail as a father, then it's all been for nothing.' That's, by far, the most important role that I'll ever play in my life... being a parent and a husband."