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It’s the Law: No tattoos for minors.

States like New York and Minnesota have recently enacted laws that prohibit minors (individuals under 18) from getting tattoos regardless of their parents consent. These new laws have many times been done at the request of tattoo artists (surprisingly) who believe younger people are getting them done illegally and unsafely in the community.  One tattoo artist reports a woman bringing her 13 year old son in so he could get a tattoo of his mother’s name on his neck.  The tattoo artist objected saying “maybe he wanted to be a lawyer one day” and the tattoo would likely prevent that career choice.

Younger moms, many of whom also have tattoos, are much more willing to allow their children this option, but unfortunately they may also be limiting their future career and educational opportunities.

Stories of divorced or separated parents allowing a tattoo without the other parent’s knowledge has muddied the water in court cases.

Tattoo artists have led the way saying they would rather be prohibited from tattooing minors rather than deal with separated parents, divorce lawyers, and flaky teens who change their minds. “Leave it to the adults, its much less of a hassle!”

So the legislature in New York, California, Georgia, Maine, Mississippi, Alaska and other states have taken the decision away for parents as it relates to tattoos. . .if you’re under 18, you’ll have to wait.

Click the link below to find out about your state laws.

Now, West Virginia is getting on board.

2 Responses to It’s the Law: No tattoos for minors.

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  • says:

    Thanks for the great write-up. I think we should outlaw tattoos under 18.