Some parents think a tattoo is no big deal, while others forbid this form of body art until the teen is out of the house, or legally of age to get one on their own. The personal preference and moral, religious, and personal beliefs all play a role in whether or not a parent allows their teen to get a tattoo. However, the question is, should a parent allow a teen tattoos? The answer: No. Here’s why:
1. Teens go through fads and phases. Think back to when you were a teenager. What were you into? Are you still into those same things? One of the biggest reasons parents should not allow teens to get tattoos is because they are easily influenced by what is popular at the time, by friends, by fads, etc. Do you really want your child getting a permanent mark on their body because of a phase? Often the tattoo of choice is one that they will grow out of shortly, and be stuck with. They may want to get a tattoo of something they are into, but may not have the foresight or maturity to realize that it is a passing phase or obsession. Don’t believe me? Ask the girl who got her boyfriend’s name tattooed on her body, or the guy who got the face of the lead singer of a rock band, etc. Unless they want a tribal or culturally significant tattoo, chances are their tastes and preferences will change, and they will regret it later.
2. Tattoos are permanent. One of the biggest reasons parents should not allow teen tattoos is because they are permanent. They are a marking, a changing, a permanent thing that you do to your body. Sure, there are now procedures to laser remove tattoos. However, the cost and risks of those procedures are high. A teenager is often fickle, and allowing them to get a permanent anything on their body during those volatile years is unwise. You and they will likely regret it later, especially if it interferes with their ability to get a job, or be taken seriously in adult society.
3. Tattoos pose health risks. Does your child know if they are allergic to permanent dyes? Do you know if the tattoo gun was cleaned properly? Do you know how your skin and body will react to a tattoo? The fact is, irritation, infection, allergic reactions, and more are all possible, and potentially likely if you get a tattoo. If you choose an unsanitary location, etc. you could end up with permanent scarring, infection that leads to loss of health, and more.
If a parent decides to allow their teen a tattoo, it would be wise if they did their due diligence to help their teen choose a reputable tattoo salon or parlor. It is also important that they approve the tattoo itself, and the location where the tattoo will be.