Friday, May 27, 2011

13 and Tattooed


Although I may look like a throw back version of a Rock and Roll drummer from the 80s, I have none of the typical marks associated with such. I've always felt that getting a tattoo was just too big of a commitment. I'm not opposed to them but I have no desire to get one myself.



In my opinion, if an adult gets a tattoo that is their business. Until just last week I assumed that adults were the only people who had tattoos or at least professionally done ones. I assumed that teenagers with more time than sense did on occasion give themselves prison style tattoos hidden in discrete locations never to be discovered by their parents. Small and badly done they would most likely fade with time. And of course I've known plenty of teenagers with piercings. Some with holes in their lips others their eyebrows and plenty more with various size gaps adorning their ear lobes but never professional tattoos.

But that all changed when I recently attended an 8th grade graduation. There I saw multible kids with professionally done tattoos. The girl sitting in front of me looked to be 16 and had nearly her entire leg covered in brightly covered artwork. Even more surprising than that though was one of the kids in the graduation class, an 8th grader. He had a series of large stars going up his neck. 13 and tattooed? It seems a bit crazy to me. How young is too young to get a tattoo?

3 comments:

Fran said...

I thought you had to be 18 to get one legally?? I shudder to think what kind of tattoo I'd had gotten, if I got one in my teens or twenties. One I would have totally regretted later that's for sure! I think anything under 18 is to young. 18 might be too young too for a lot of people, but once you are a legal adult you should be able to do what any other legal adult is allowed to do.

Kelly said...

I can't imagine one of my children getting a tattoo. I can't imagine ME allowing that, even though I have one myself. Fran I'm guessing the parents of the 13 year old would have to sign a waiver or something. But who knows. I never in my life thought I would get one, ha, never say never! I personally think 25 would be a good age limit, but since 18 is considered an adult they go with that.

Helen Ann said...

Some of those those might be gang tattoos...