February 16, 1999 12:00 AM

Tattooed Barbie stays, but her friends will be free of body art. Toy manufacturer Mattel said it received about a dozen complaints over tattooed Butterfly Art Barbie, a doll introduced last year with a small butterfly tattoo on her stomach. (The package includes stick-on tattoos for young girls.) Despite the protests, Mattel will not halt production of Butterfly Barbie, which the company says is selling well. But Mattel spokeswoman Lisa McKendall said the complaints did prompt Mattel to abandon plans to include tattoos and nose piercing on this spring’s Generation Girl dolls, a line of figures for older girls that includes Generation Girl Barbie and her friend Chelsie.

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