Maggie Miller of Phoenix, Arizona has a lot of tattoos, and her conservative Christian parents have no idea. After more than a decade, she decided she finally wanted to be honest with them, and This American Life made an animated video documenting her experience.
Maggie first sits down with a pastor to discuss her tattoos and how they fit in with her view of Christianity. The pastor is totally cool with the tats (some of which are Christian symbols) but is interested in what Maggie seeks to get out of telling her parents. She reveals that she doesn't want "forgiveness," per se, but just wants to be honest with them without sacrificing their close relationship.
Maggie's parents didn't want to be filmed, so you don't get to see the actual exchange, but she is pleasantly surprised when they turn out to be completely accepting. They are less conservative than she thought they were, and her story turns out to send a pretty cool message about not pigeonholing your parents as stuffy and old school.