Kids and Tattoos

by on Apr.10, 2012, under News, Piercing, Tattoos-Body Art

by Tattoosue on April 10, 2012

There’s quite a range of laws regarding tattoos when you look state by state. Usually states will govern what requirements are needed to be a licensed artist and to operate a shop. Most states also lay out the law regarding the customer’s minimum age. Well, silly me, I assumed most states had (what I consider as) reasonable laws in regard to that number. The seventeen or eighteen year old range.
Baby with Facial and Body TattoosBut some states have surprisingly loose and liberal laws and regulations regarding minimum age requirements. I heard of someone here in New Mexico who gave permission and accompanied her 12 years old for her first tattoo. (Cause you don’t have to meet any requirements to be a parent.) Colorado doesn’t have ANY laws regulating minimum age for tattoo shops. Florida requires a notarized consent from a legal guardian. For Delaware and Hawaii – all you need is written consent. Like a teen wouldn’t whip up a counterfeit note to get a tattoo? The rationale for such laws is actually in place to discourage kids from going to unlicensed artists where they may be putting their health in danger.
You might think shop owners would prefer the states with more lenient laws but the truth is many draw the line at inking a minor. Many believe you can’t leave it to a kid to make such an important decision and I agree. Piercings are a different story. I agreed to let both my daughters get tongue rings on their 16th birthdays. But piercings are easy to “undo”. And the “undo” doesn’t cost a dime.

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andy May 2, 2012 at 3:22 am

so lovely tattoos!
More and more babies have tattoos now!

lex92 May 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I think this is sad because these babies have no say in being tattooed. I mean it’s one thing to go in and say I want my baby tattooed but to let them go in and get a tattoo when they’re still under 11? This seems like a scary idea.

xam hinh May 15, 2012 at 8:28 am

I think this is sad because these babies have no say in being tattooed

tattoo parlors Charlotte NC May 29, 2012 at 12:21 am

It would be very beneficial for all if tattoos have age limits. Sadly, there are countries wherein the practice has no age boundaries. This form of body art should be regulated so that only those individuals who met the age requirements can undergo the procedure.

DiscreetTatttoos August 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm

This is unfortunate, and we’re quite against it. There should definitely be age limits imposed, however I can imagine this hard to police. A discreet tattoo might be okay, but the child (such as the one above) has no say/opinion towards it.

Azgirl86 September 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

This is so sad and wrong whoever tattoos babies and children under the age of 16 should get their a** beat and sent to prison for child abuse or something …

Victoria January 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm

This child was most likely tattooed over seas. From the head towl to the tattoo style I would say Japan but can’t be certain. In Asian cultures tattoos have been a visual source for displaying power and authority within gangs and such organizations. The son of a “established” man would therefore be honored to show such tattoos. Even at such a young age the ink would evoke automatic respect. I believe this picture was just used for this article for the “wow” factor but I do understand his point.

Beth January 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Umm…y’all do realize that the tattoos on the baby above are fake…right???

I’m pretty sure a child that age would have to have general anesthesia (put to sleep) in order for this kind of work to be done. Looks cool and funny, but no way it’s real.

Gannon April 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Its impossible to correctly tattoo babies and small children because when you tattoo them they arent completely finished with growing, the tattoos will be warped, misplaced and distorted when they reach pure maturity, any tattoo artist worth his salt would know that

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