Teen Mom Amber gets huge tattoo of her daughter


Teen Mom star Amber Portwood has had a large tattoo inked on her stomach of her daughter Leah, two, in what sources tells Radar Online is “a way to show her commitment to Leah.” (You can see the tattoo here, on Radar) Amber recently earned back custody of Leah, after the girl was temporarily placed with her father. Amber is under investigation for felony domestic abuse of Leah’s father, Gary Shirley. Part of the reason why Amber was awarded custody again was the fact that she moved into a new apartment and actually got a bed for the little girl. There were rumors in this week’s tabloids that Amber was pregnant again by an unknown father, with In Touch running it as a cover story, but she’s denied that’s the case and those stories may have been leaked by Amber in an attempt to earn headlines. You would think that if Amber wanted to show “her commitment” to her daughter she’d clean up her act, stop attacking her ex and try to interact with the little girl more. Instead she’s getting a giant ugly tattoo of Leah’s face. I’m sure Leah would appreciate it more if her mom actually sat down and read a book to her or played a game. Here’s Radar’s report:

Controversial Teen Mom star Amber Portwood never wants to lose her daughter, so she recently took a dramatic step to prove it: she got a full-torso tattoo portrait of two-year-old Leah.

As RadarOnline.com discovered, Portwood is proudly showing off a colorful tattoo on the left side of her stomach featuring Leah’s face surrounded by roses.

The ink appears to be unfinished, as there are still parts left uncolored with just the outlining.

According to a source close to the Indiana native: “she got the tattoo as a way to show her commitment to Leah” — and so far it’s her first and only tattoo.

The 20-year-old mother has come under immense scrutiny since she was charged with felony domestic violence for assaulting her baby’s father, Gary Shirley, during an episode of the hit MTV show.

The Department of Child Protective Services was forced to get involved, placing the baby with Shirley for a short period before giving her back to Portwood after she purchased a new bed for her daughter and cleaned up her home.

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Portwood hit Shirley again – this time away from prying cameras – after an argument ensued involving his new girlfriend, Ashley.

Portwood has also stepped back into the dating pool since her split with Shirley, spending the majority of her time with Clinton Yunker, who has two children of his own and a lengthy criminal record.

[From Radar]

That is one huge ass tattoo. Leah is a gorgeous little girl and in no way does that amateur portrait surrounded by giant purple roses do her any justice. Still, I’m enjoying the thought that Amber will be stuck with that bad ink for the rest of her life. If only it would dawn on her that she needs to change her ways and spend time with her daughter to be a good mom.

Radar is also reporting that Amber’s ex Gary spent about $20,000 on completely frivolous items for himself, including $6k on a trip to Vegas, $5k on furniture, and $4k on a new Dodge Charger although, like Amber, he has a suspended license. Amber must be the source for that story. It’s believable, and you just wonder if Gary is getting the money from MTV.

Photos are from 12/9/10 and 12/10/10. Credit: Fame Pictures




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  1. Jess says:

    Now that is effective birth control. Good luck to any guy who can bang her AND look at that tattoo.

  2. the_porscha says:

    Just fyi, there’s a random picture of Scarlett Johannson and Ryan Reynolds in the middle of this.

  3. Laurie says:

    Because nothing says I love you like a trashy tattoo. That tattoo will not look good after her next accidental pregnancy.

  4. sapphire says:

    She should have had the citation to the Penal code for child abuse inked instead.

  5. Samigirl says:

    HAHA! Maybe Scarjo and RR are gonna patch things up by adopting Leah? Ever think of that, porscha? 😛

  6. Mollyb says:

    Wow. And here I thought being a good mom was all about sacrifice, loving, mindful parenting and good judgement. Turns out all I had to do was get an ugly ass tat of my daughter’s face. Pass me a PBR!

  7. annaloo says:

    Stupid cow

  8. guesty says:

    not surprising…wouldn’t really expect anything else from either one of them.

    would like to know how much they’re making on their 15 minutes. gonna google it.

    dodge must have some kind of deal with teen mom…maci, farrah & now gary are all driving one.

  9. Celebitchy says:

    Sorry on the random Scarjo photo – I was editing this story and the next one at the same time and put it in the wrong post! I wondered where that went.

  10. Miss Thang says:

    Bwa ha ha ha ha ha!!!
    This is a classic trashy teen mother move. I know one and she goes on and on about how much money she spent on clothes or other crap for her daughter and how that shows how much she loves her. They have no idea.

  11. texasmom says:

    I, too, imagined how crazy-looking that bad tattoo will look during her next pregnancy!

    I can’t imagine how mortified that little girl will be when she’s about 14. Everyone THINKS their mom is embarrassing, this kid’s mom really IS!

  12. hebc says:

    That story about Gary and the Dodge Charger confuses me because wasn’t Amber pulled over while driving a Charger last week? They got the same car?

  13. Franny says:

    its sucks that they are just throwing all that money out the door when they could be saving it for Leah (to hopefully use for college or getting the hell away from her parents).

    but i do like amber’s outfit here. the hair and makeup is awful though

  14. samihami says:

    I’ve got no problem at all with tattoos-have one myself, even…but that is TRASHY.

  15. Jen says:

    I don’t know whose child she tattooed on her belly but that isn’t Leah…

  16. Churchston Winsthill says:

    Always funny when a person who barely has a pot to pee in spends hundreds of dollars on getting a silly picture needled into their skin. She could have gotten a nice framed photo for twenty bucks but that wouldn’t get her the attention she so craves.

  17. Shannon says:

    Yikes, that is one horrible tattoo! And it’s not like she’ll be able to get a cuter one to cover it up when she finally realizes how bad it is, because it’s so huge.

  18. Crash2GO2 says:

    I like the sentiment behind it.

  19. Beth says:

    I have four tattoos and I plan to get more, but I never understand why people tattoo their children’s faces on themselves. I have my kids’ birth dates on my wrist. A giant face? No thanks.

  20. Roma says:

    I got a tattoo of an elephant tattooed on my ass when I was a teenager and have regretted it ever since.

    Somehow, I now feel better.

  21. Awkward Turtle says:


    I wish my mother were dedicated enough to get a massive tattoo of my face. I feel so unloved. :'(

  22. original kate says:

    i love it when people who claim to be poor get tattoos (or spray tans, acrylic nails,etc.). i guess paying bills to keep your child in a secure home isn’t as meaningful as some jacked up ink on your skanky stomach.

  23. MissyA says:

    I have several tattoos, and once my financial situation isn’t quite so white-knuckle, I’ve got plans for more. (A sleeve, in fact. And I plan on working with children. The horror!)

    But that is one fugly tattoo.
    With terrible placement.
    And horrible inkmanship.
    And the message behind it is so half-assed it makes me uncomfortable.

    It’s so bad, it makes me think she boned the guy who did it. I wouldn’t pay a nickel for something so basic. Even the shading in the roses looks off to me.

    And it’s always suspect when parents feel the need to tell/show me(a third party observer) how much they love their child/ren. It just sets off alarm bells. The queen doth protest too much, methinks. Overcompensation.

  24. Hakura says:

    I agree with those who bring up the tattoo issue. At first I thought about mentioning the ‘time’ and ‘cost’ of such large tattoos, but the artist is *really* lacking in skill. As an artist myself, that’s just cringe-worthy. (Such a shame, Leah is just beautiful.)

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they did it for free for the publicity, and it doesn’t LOOK as though it took very long. Someone said they got that much done in one sitting, that should tell you something. My back tattoo is about that size, and took ages to finish.

    ITA, MissyA (#23). Parents who HAVE to push it in someone’s face just come off insincere. Not that ALL child tattoos are like that, just when it comes from someone like Amber, who does everything for appearences, and herself.

  25. Randomness says:

    As a girl with many tattoos, wow, that looks super cheap and terrible and will not look good in a few years. And we need to stop paying attention to this girl, and stop making her famous. This depresses me. No more of this please.
    I’m on my knees begging.

  26. irishserra says:

    Well, she’ll need a memento to remember her child by when she finally loses her for good, no?

  27. icantbelievethis says:

    I don’t agree with Amber’s parenting skills and I definitely think she was wrong to hit Gary . . . BUT I think it is odd that so many are commenting on her tattoo and skipping over the amount of money Gary spent on non-child stuff ($6K for a Vegas trip?).

    While Gary didn’t hit Amber I did feel he bordered on being emotionally abusive after watching all the seasons of this show. I think he intentionally does things that he knows are going to set her off. He knows she has problems and uses those against her. I also think alot of the “stories” about her come from either him or his friend (I’ve seen his friend quoted more than once).

    If Amber is such a bad mom then Gary’s spending makes him an even worse parent. A good parent would have taken that money and sued for custody if they felt their child was in danger. Either Amber isn’t as bad as he says or he is more concerned with $6k trips to Vegas.

    I am not trying to defend Amber. She definitely needs parenting classes and help to be a good parent. However I am surprised at how much of a pass Gary has gotten in all of this. I was always disgusted with how he treated Amber in past seasons and used emotional threats to get to her.

    My ex had mental issues and I never would’ve dreamed of using that as a weapon to hurt him. When I felt that my child was in danger I worked an extra job to pay for a family lawyer and took the steps needed to protect my child. I never used the situation as a way to threaten or hurt my child’s father.

  28. Jeri says:

    That tattoo looks familiar, does Gary have the same one? It seems like I’ve seen it before or maybe the picture it was taken from and I’ve never seen the show so I didn’t see it there.

  29. Hakura says:

    @icantbelievethis (#26)- I’m not sure about Gary’s spending being true. I certainly can’t say for sure, but CB mentioned at the end of the post that Amber may be the source for all the stories about Gary ‘spending’.

    If it’s TRUE, obviously it’s insane to spend that kind of money (that they really NEED for Leah) on nonsense. I hope it isn’t, Leah needs *someone* on her side.

  30. la_chica says:

    I hope MTV sets up college funds for these kids.

    Although, that would break the cycle of teen parents and that deprive them of future reality stars, now wouldn’t it?!?

  31. icantbelievethis says:

    @Hakura the reason I tend to believe it is because in previous seasons they showed Gary guying unnecessary stuff (like video game systems, games, etc) while Amber was pregnant. The rest of the seasons he hasn’t had a job.

  32. Marianne says:

    Thats the most fug ass tat ever.

    Secondly, how about instead of spending money on a tattoo…you spend it on things like food or rent?

  33. JenJen says:

    Gary’s new “girlfriend” (chuckle) is very pretty I wonder how much MTV is going to pay her to let Amber kick her ass.

  34. GirlyGIrl says:

    She’s the only woman on tv that makes Snooki look slightly less repulsive.

    God, what a disgusting cracker…and there is a special place in hell for MTV program execs

  35. MissyA says:

    Hakura – I didn’t mean to imply that everyone with a tattoo commemorating their child/ren has something to prove. I’m sure that if decide to spawn, I’ll immortalize the birth of my offspring with something personal and meaningful. (I’ve been planning a piece to immortalize my cats, for goodness’ sake!)

    I’m just saying I see a lot of it in my everyday life. I work in the service industry in a kid friendly neighborhood, and I have a background in cognitive development. (That’s right. People in food service have degrees.) I see a lot of defensive posturing towards a third party – as opposed to actual parenting. (Unfortunately, I see it a lot with my SIL and her very angry children.)

    I’m currently getting into education – and the biggest hangup I have is not with kiddos and their tantrums, but with neglectful/inattentive parents. I know parenting isn’t easy (which is why I’m consciously not a parent at the moment), but I get incensed when I see a child who’s behavior is indicative of a selfish parent.

    I see a big (poorly done) tattoo on a notoriously shitty parent, and my eyeballs roll back in my skull – like when my SIL attempts to snuggle with her kids at Thanksgiving. (It’s sad – and this doesn’t leave the forum- but I speculate that it’s the only time they get cuddled now that they’re older.)

    It’s all for the benefit of their own ego – if the kid feels loved and appreciated, well then, that’s a bonus.

  36. Liana says:

    Good Lord, that tattoo “artist” needs to be schooled!

  37. Melvin Evans says:

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