tattooing a child

United States
January 19, 2012 3:56pm CST
This article came across from ABC news of a mom in Georgia who allowed her 10 yr old son to have a tattoo tribute done on is arm of his deceased brother. Now I know many people have tattoo's in memory of someone they love. However, this is a 10yr old boy! Would you allow your child to get a real tattoo? Do you think they should of arrested this woman? If it was against the law then the tattoo artist should be held liable or ticketed as well since the artist clearly knew the customer was a child. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/01/georgia-mom-arrested-for-allowing-10-year-old-to-get-tattoo/
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@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
20 Jan 12
No, I definately wouldn't let my child get a tattoo. In my country is illegal to get a tattoo when you are under 18. Some parents think it is okay if they talk to the tattoo artist and tell him that the child is allowed to get a tattoo, but that is not true. It is illegal no matter what and tattoo artist would get punished for breaking the law. The legal aspect is one of the reasons why I wouldn't let my child get a tattoo, but it is not the only reason. I don't think that a child should get a tattoo, because they are not old enough to understand the consequences of a permanent decision like that.
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• United States
21 Jan 12
Any proceedure done on a child needs consent. The question is it appropriate for the parent to make such a permanet decision like you said when the child doesn't not understand that it won't wash off and it will be there for a lifetime and perhaps even become distorted as he grows.
@CRIVAS (1820)
• Canada
19 Jan 12
Personally I think that NO child should be allowed to get Tattoed. The first thing that came to mind was: Is this mom crazy??? I know that it is in dedication to a loved and lost family member, but it is something that could have waited until the child was of legal age. Personally I think that the mom should be charged, but jail time might be a little much since I am sure that the child wanted it. Having said that I think that the tatto artist should not only be charged, but he should get his license taken away. There is NO way that a 10 year old child could be mistaken for an adult.
• United States
21 Jan 12
The woman needed to learn when to say "NO" to such a request even though she has her own tat's in memory of the boy and explain he's not old enough. The Tattoo artist should be morally liable for such a thing indeed.
@katsmeow1213 (29025)
• United States
19 Jan 12
I saw this on my FB page. It's nuts. I've gotten tattoos, and they are painful. It feels like you're being cut with a knife.. non-stop. Probably should have waited until the boy was old enough to get the tattoo without parental consent. I definitely think this woman needs serious mental help. Putting her in jail isn't fitting though. She has mental issues and needs that seen to. I agree the artist should face some sort of punishment also.
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• United States
21 Jan 12
I don't have any but I can't imagine a child willing to sit long enough to have it done. My 9yo has to be held down by 4 people to get her vaccines and this child is going to stick around for a tattoo?!?! FOOLISH!
• United States
20 Jan 12
Okay, if the boy was older, then I could understand, but he is a 10-year-old child. I would never allow my child to get a tattoo. Then again, if my children are anything like me, they might have allergies to metal and ink. They would never be allowed to get tattoos because it could end up killing them.
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• United States
21 Jan 12
He is not old enough to make the decision and Mom should have enough common sense when to say no.
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• United States
21 Jan 12
Oh I agree, he isn't old enough to make the decision, and his mother should have enough sense to know not to let him do that. When I say older, I mean around 18 to 21 years old, or legal age. When I turned 18, my mother let me color my hair as long as it wasn't some outrageous color, so I went with red because I always wanted to be a redhead. I think that that should be the same thing for this kid. When he is 18, then he can do what he wants to do, but before that, no.
@pandora22 (869)
• Romania
20 Jan 12
i was in a holiday in greece 2 years ago and there were some english people that had 2 kids.a girl of 8 and a boy of 11.the girl had 2 piercings and the boy a tatoo.i can not call these people parents.they were saying that they give freedom to the kids.freedom is good but there are some limits.i don't belive the kids have the knowledge needed to decide to do such things.but we live in a world where laws are blind so...
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• United States
21 Jan 12
Nothing more than ears will be pierced on my girls til they are nearly 18 if not 18. No tat's here either. I would like to give my kids freedom to make decisions too, but their decisions would consist of what to have for dinner or what color shirt they want to wear.
• Canada
20 Jan 12
I think everyone is missing the point. The mother probably recognizes that a tattoo can be symbolic and if having her son get one will help him cope with the mourning of his deceased BROTHER than I beleive its fine and nothing crazy about it whatsoever. Whether the boy is 10, 15, or 18 coping with the loss of an immediate family member is very hard to do and sometimes drastic measures need to be taken. This is one of them.
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@Hatley (164759)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Jan 12
hi 3snugglebunnies I think she should have been arrested as she broke the law . her child is just a child and the tatoo artist also broke the law. there are other ways to memorialize a child without the pain of tattooing on an under age little girl. the mom was not thinking legalality and she should hjave been ignorance of the law is never an excuse. know your laws as regards yuur children. She is clearly to blame for this as she gave her permission.She will probably just be fined. good lesson for her. personallyh I hate tatoos any way.
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• United States
21 Jan 12
It's just common sense, a child doesn't get a real tattoo no matter how much they beg for it. She needed to get a clue and just say NO.
@lilaclady (28245)
• Australia
19 Jan 12
yes I think something should be done to the tattoo artist, if a law has been broken then they must be dealt with, I can understand the sentiment but not on a child..
@ShyBear88 (17045)
• United States
20 Jan 12
It's not against the law and it's not in any way child endangerment. I will agree that it's wrong for a 10 year to get by if a parent signs for it the tattoo places has very right to do as they where told to do. I wouldn't let my kids get one till they are 18 and can make that choice on there own with out me giving them pomistion and signing the forms.
@hvedra (1623)
20 Jan 12
It is against the law, the State Law says eighteen. It is also child endangerment - it can be rare but people can have reactions to tattoo ink. Also, does a ten year old have the sense to seek out a decent, clean and licenced tattooist. If whoever did it was willing to illegally tattoo a minor, I wonder what other things they consider "optional" - hygeine for example. Tattooists who are responsible won't tattoo minors or anyone who is "under the influence" regardless of what is asked for or who is "giving permission".
@ShyBear88 (17045)
• United States
20 Jan 12
Not all states have the same state law and you don't have to have a I'd or anything to get it done when an adult is with you. You have to trust you judgement when goes to getting tattoos if the places is clean or not. Your state might be against the law but not all states have the same law the federal laws says any minor with prenatal consent can get tattoos or piercing that is how 15, 16, and 17 years gets tattoos and piercings done. I have a tattoo and piecing so where I live all you need is your parent to get it done if a minor and that is what I stated above the tattoo person or pierce I thy feel uncomfortable then they don't have to do it but there are plent of people that will do it for the money. They get pretty good money to put art on a person. You might want to look closer at your state laws as well as others.
@hvedra (1623)
20 Jan 12
The law in Georgia states eighteen which is why this poor excuse for a parent was arrested and the tattooist is being investigated. You might want to read the article that is being discussed.
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
20 Jan 12
Hey Chris... I don't have any tattoos... I once had a temporary one, the artist said it would last for 3-4 days. The real tattoo or the permanent one, I have heard, is too painful to create... I never gave it a serious thought, but my friends who have had done a tattoo, have told me that the process is very painful... So, what I think is, for a 10 years old, it is totally inappropriate... It seems to me that the mother must have forced the unwilling child ot do it... it was bad... Yes, she should be penalized for misusing her child's trust...
• United States
21 Jan 12
I don't think she was trusty worthy in making such a decision. I think the only reason he would want one is by the local culture / standards and his Mother's influence.
• Grand Junction, Colorado
19 Jan 12
From the article it sounds like the tattoo artist should have been arrested too. I think that the mom needs some educating, just because a child wants something doesn't mean they get it. I don't think jail time is appropriate, but parenting classes sound like a good choice. I have an 8 yr old left at home, siblings are all adults, some have tattoos some have piercings, I have listened to the youngest ask for all different types of piercings and asked for a tattoo, she is repeatedly told she cant have them and I will stand firm. Children aren't capable of making decisions that affect them the rest of their lives. A tattoo is permanent (ok I know they can be removed partially, but still, it's pretty permanent.) Some people shouldn't be allowed to breed. Aa always just my 2 cents worth!!!
• United States
21 Jan 12
I agree learning when to say NO is a big part of the problem. I think parenting classes and some sort of community service would be in order.
• Kenya
28 Jan 12
That's a form of child abuse and the mother should be punished for it. Am sure the child did not fully understand what his mother was imposing on him and this may cause the child to grow resenting the mother for it.
@dodo19 (31912)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
24 Jan 12
I definitely don't think that it's right to tattoo a 10-year-old boy. I'm all for getting a tattoo for a loved-one, who has passed away, but I don't think that it's right to do it at that age.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 Jan 12
I was eighteen when I got my first tattoo and both of my children will be at least eighteen years old before they get their first tattoos because of the fact that a tattoo is permanent and you need to be mature before you make the decision to have something on your body that will be there for the rest of your life. With that said, I do have a friend that had a tattoo done when he was younger than me and it is still there to this day, but he does say if he had it to do over again then he wouldn't have the tattoo.
• United States
23 Jan 12
i can understand his reasons,but 10 is way too young. the child hasn't even finished growing yet.he may not change his mind about it later,but it'll most likely be distorted as he gets older. that tattoo artist is gonna be in deep poop if and when they find him or her.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
21 Jan 12
This does seem extreme, I remember myself at the age of 10, I was very emotional and could have thought this tattoo was a way to always remember my loved one. Surly I would have regretted it later, especially when I learned that you always remember those you loved. Is this child abuse, maybe, should the tattooer be punished? Well I just don't have enough facts to judge this.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
20 Jan 12
I wouldn't.....I would think that if they wanted a tatoo to remember someone they should make that decision when they are older...a tatoo is permenant....I think someone should be punished if they broke the law....ten is much too young!
@Absinto (2394)
• Portugal
20 Jan 12
If it was some random tatto i wouldnt let my child do that but it is in memory of his own brother, that is something that for sure he will never regret doing. Now if it to get some random tattoo that you know they are going to regret one day i would never let them. Even though he is 10 i think that deep down it is a good gesture from the parents side to let him do that. i think it is something that would let him cope with his loss.
@dheckerz (473)
• Philippines
20 Jan 12
For me that is insane. We can make/do tributes in so many ways. The child wouldn't understand this and we woudn't know if this can cause him any problems when he grows up. He may or may not like it, but the fact that you are inducing pain into his arm at a young age is not okay. The mother of this child needs serious counseling.