What age do you think is appropriate to get your first tattoo?

@leanneg (178)
Canada
April 26, 2008 11:22am CST
In my opinion as long as you have looked into the tattoo and things that may look odd when you go to a tattoo parlor you are ready to get a tattoo. How old though? I think if your mature and are serious about what your getting 17 years old is ok. I have a friend that just turned 13 and her sister just turned 16 and they both got matching heart tattoos. Do you think this is too young?
6 responses
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I think that they are too young to get tattoos. I've always wanted tattoos, but I've held off because I want to be sure of what I want. I think that a lot of the things you like when you're young you end up hating when you get a little older. I think that the youngest a person should get a tattoo is probably about 18 and I think that you should think about it for a while before you get it, not just decide what you want when you're already in the parlor. It shouldnt be a spontaneous thing, it should be well thought through. At least your friend and her sister didnt get anything extreme, just something kind of plain. I think that they probalby wont regret it later on, but I do think that they are too young.
@magrylouyu (1632)
• United States
2 Jun 08
13 is extreamly too young! I would have a heart attack of my children got one that young. I just barely got my first tattoo a day or 2 after my 21st birthday! I think 17-18 is a good age to get it done. I am making my children wait until they are 18 though. No way would I allow them at 13!
• China
25 May 08
my boyfriend gave me two tatoos which means our love .i think tattoo should have its own special meaning
@ashlee67 (95)
• United States
3 May 08
It really depends on the person, the tattoo, location, meaning behind it, etc. Either way, 13 is much too young. If someone simply desires to get a tattoo that is trendy at the time, then no age is okay. Trends come and go, and tattoos do not "go" so easily. I have five tattoos at the moment, with at least two more planned for the near future. I got my first two when I was 18, about a week after graduating high school. A lot of people ask me what I think they should get as a tattoo. My response: Figure out what you want. Keep the design. Check back to it periodically to see if you still like it. If after a decent amount of time has passed, and you still want it, get it done. If something has a strong meaning to you (and not something fleeting, such as a relationship), then get it. Someone's name, anything that is trendy or "cool" at the time, or anything such as a cartoon character should all be avoided, IMO. Names, unless they are of your children or other family that will never change, are never okay. Anything that will easily phase out should be avoided, despite how good you think it will look or how cool it will make you seem at the time. Something relating to an interest (ie, a cartoon character) is a tough subject. If you're young, there's a good chance you may lose interest in it later on in life and then you're stuck with the tattoo of it. Then again, if you lose interest in it it may serve as a reminder of who you were at that point in time. Lastly, there's the chance that you may love it the rest of your life.
@Elixiress (3893)
26 Apr 08
I think that 16 is okay, but 13 is too young. I think that people should get semi-perminant tattoos before getting the real thing to make sure that they do like it.
@thedaddym (1737)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Maybe 17 on the verge of 18. 13 is definately too old, she might regret that when she is older, I am on the fence about the 16 year old, but I believe that is too young as well.