Originally Posted by onyxravnos
for one no real professional tattooist would tattoo a minor even if they had parent permission and tattoos are much more likely to cause permanent scaring (besides the tattoo itself) if done wrong or not taken care of.
This depends on the state. In Minnesota, it was legal to get non-nipple/genital piercings and tattoos with parental consent at age 16 or 17. By parental consent, they meant documented matching last names, or a birth certificate and ID if the parent had a different last name. My parent also had to sign several papers, and be right there in the room with me while the tattoo/piercing was being done. My dad was actually pretty upset about that, he didn't want to see me get my tragus pierced
Also, as someone whose parents did let me express myself through body modification, I don't think it's unreasonable at all for a parent to say no piercings or tattoos until after college. Whether it's a curfew, religious services, piercings, whatever...if a parent is paying, they can have as much or little say as they want. Nobody has the right to financial support after age 18, so if they want that support, they need to obey the rules or support themselves.
I do hate hearing "won't you regret that in ten years?" Nobody knows for sure how they'll feel in ten years. Heck, I could be dead in ten years, making that whole argument completely useless. My three tattoos represent really special times in my life, are well done, and if I regret them someday...so be it. I find that in today's society, it's really only facial, neck and hand tattoos that risk you being unemployable, everything else is easily covered. Plus, given that 36% of Americans age 18-25 and 40% of Americans 26-40 are tattooed, tattoos in the workplace will quickly become less and less taboo. My mom runs a relatively large company, and even though their official stance is "no visible tattoos," she couldn't care less if the girls have visible wrist tattoos.