Underage Tattooing

December 19, 2008 at 9:55 am (tattoo) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Believe it or not underage tattooing is on the raise, more teenagers under the legal age of 18 are coming home with a tattoo. One may not consider this a huge ordeal but the legal age for getting a tattoo in the United States is 18 years old. If you are a minor and get a tattoo you have broken the law as well as the tattoo artist who tattooed you. No reputable tattoo artist should knowingly tattoo a minor and if they have they should be ashamed of themselves. A lot of parents are outrage by this and have taken action in suing the tattoo studios that have tattooed their underage children.

One may wonder what is the big fuss about underage tattoos. Well for one teenagers don’t always make the best decisions and are influenced very easily. Let’s face it teenagers don’t even know what they are going to wear the next day, much less what tattoo they want on their body for the rest of their lives. Also teenagers are notorious for constantly changing their minds. Think for a moment when you are in high school you had a completely different outlook on life and thought you were invincible and your likes, dislikes and opinions are fairly different that they would be as an adult. The moral of this story is teenagers under the age of 18 are not mature enough to make a life altering decision of getting a tattoo. Some parents urge lawmakers to change the tattooing age to 20 or 21 because they still feel 18 is too young to make this decision. If you are underage and are contemplating getting a tattoo illegally, keep in mind a good tattoo studio cards their customers and will make a photocopy of their ID just to cover their butts in case there are any disputes. While tattoos are cool and a great form of self-expression it is not cool to break the law.

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