Teenagers and Tattoos

Since I’m receiving comments on a post I wrote three years ago, regarding ‘Teens – Tattoos and Body Piercing‘ I think it is time to update my readers.

It would appear that Tattoos are a social phenomenon. More and more teens are wanting and getting tattoos.

Three years ago I was against my daughter getting a belly ring or a tattoo. We eventually gave in and allowed her to get a belly ring, but we stood firm on no tattoos until she was out of the house.

My daughter respected our wishes and didn’t tattoo her body until she was out living in her own apartment, working and paying her own bills.

My daughter now 20-years-old has seven tattoos. Personally,I still don’t like tattoos whether they are on men or women.

If you have a teen that wants a tattoo educate them that there are risks involved. Many young adults want to get tattoos, but almost always fail to consider the long-term implications, PhysOrg reports.

  • Ask them: Is this something you will want in 20 years? What if you want to get it removed: While some places may charge only $50.00 for a tattoo, it could take as much as $50 to $1000 per treatment to have it permanently removed. If your tats has bright colors it may take more than fifteen or twenty treatments.
  • As my daughter recently learned, after receiving a tattoo you are unable to donate blood for six months to 12 months under FDA rules.
  • If non-sterilized equipment is used, you are putting yourself at risk for hepatitis B or hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, and a host of other infections.
  • People taking certain medications may be at greater risk of infections.
  • There is a risk of allergic reaction to shades of ink.

If your teenager still wants to go ahead with the tattoo, and you do allow it make sure that it is someone who has certification and is licensed to practice tattooing.

Would you let your child get a tattoo? Why or why not?

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