Minors Getting Tattoos and Piercings
December 20th 2009 14:24
Personally, that's a no if you're asking me, but a parent will do what a parent wants to do when raising their child(ren). In some cases, it's easier to agree to it so that the child doesn't go behind the parent's back and do it anyway; at least that was one parent's excuse for letting her 15 year old daughter get a tattoo.
Young teens don't know what they want in life and really don't understand the consequences that may accompany a new piercing or tattoo. And, when it comes to tattoos, they are forever, at 16 does the child really know that for the rest of his/her life, having 'Luck' or 'Thug' tattooed on the body is what they're going to want?
So many adults get their tattoos removed a year, and their reason is, 'I got the tattoo when I was young and dumb and don't want to feel ashamed of it when people see it and ask about the tattoo. It's easier that it's gone than having to hide.'
Piercings are simple and can be temporary, but the scars can last a lifetime. Piercings can lead to mild to severe infection that shouldn't be taken lightly, Scarring from a piercing may be a lot easier to live with than a tattoo that is regretted later in life, but it's still not going to be pretty and depending on where it is, it may be very visible.
Most young girls don't realize that at 12-16 their body is still growing, and the navel piercing isn't going to just stay in one spot, it's going to migrate. Is it really worth getting the piercing, and having toe get it done again when it starts to migrate?
When it comes to jobs, young kids don't think about what they will do with a wrist tattoo, nape tattoo, or any other visible tattoo. Most employers WON'T hire people with visible tattoos and excessive piercings no matter what they're qualifications are. Arm tattoos can be covered, but what about the rest? And what about the summer? Do you really want to wear long sleeves in 90F heat? Some people do it, but is that for you?
Piercings and tattoos shouldn't be taken lightly. There are potential consequences, and no you do not want your child going behind your back to get it done anyway, but as a parent, should you just give in and let them do something you don't want them to?
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