"[All the tattoos] have meaning to me, but it's both personal and professional," the actor, 44, told the Today Show on Monday.
"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," he added.
We've watched documentaries on tattoo removal — it doesn't look fun at all. We can only imagine it's worse seeing it in person.
Tattoos aren't the only thing Marky Mark wants his four children — Ella Rae, Michael Robert, Brendan Joseph and Grace Margaret — to avoid.
"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," Wahlberg told the anchors. "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's come a long way since his rough childhood in Boston.
"I've always said, 'If I succeed as a businessman and I fail as a father, then it's all been for nothing,'" he said. "That's, by far, the most important role that I'll ever play in my life… being a parent and a husband."
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