Would you allow a 16 year old daughter to get a small tattoo? Why/why not?

 
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Posted on Aug. 14th, 2008

It depends. Why does she want the tattoo? For looks, rebellion, etc. i would make her wait. Maybe let her get a piercing. Nine times out of ten she will regret it. Of course she wants it really bad right now, but what about in 5 years when she has a different mindset? If you let her, then also consider where it's going. How visible do you want it, and if it's hidden, who is going to see it when she shows it off? I would make her wait, for the simple fact that she may honestly want it now, but her style will change by the time she's 18.

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Posted on Aug. 14th, 2008

Probably not. She will likely regret it. Although if it were something reasonable, I would consider it.

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Posted on Aug. 18th, 2008

I wouldn't. Depends where it is, that small tattoo could be an ugly mark by the time she gets older. These are permanent cosmetic changes, and a 16 year old may not be thinking how silly it would look when she's an inked 65 year old.

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Posted on Aug. 20th, 2008

Absolutely not. 16 is too young. Tattoos are permanent and they're guaranteed to make a stupid choice and hate it forever.

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Posted on Sep. 4th, 2009

Sixteen year olds barely have the cognitive coordination to drive a car, much less choose a permanent body modification that could affect their employability, interpersonal relationships, self-regard, and affiliative currency. That said, I disagree with those who said most come to regret their tattoos. I think if it is premeditated, as your daughter's decision seems to be, the person will be very satisfied with their decision (and self-efficacy to bring about such a physical change) for long enough that, by time the novelty and joy run out, the individual will be so used to looking at the tattoo that they see it as something that "belongs" on them. This doesn't, however, provide relief from potential consequences of a tattoo, consequences a 16 year old is not usually equipped to consider in depth.

The law lets a parent consent to this for a reason: depending on the tattoo, it may not be a huge deal, and some mid-teens are mature enough to consider the consequences as well - or better than - a lot of adults who make this decision. It is up to you to judge for yourself your child's maturity and insight into her decision.

If it were me, I would tell my child I would pay for the tattoo on her 18th birthday if she still wants it. Chances are, by then, she will want a different tattoo, or may have changed her mind all together. Maybe by then she will realize she just wanted a tattoo to be more like some of her peers she admired. Even if she decides to get the same tattoo in two years, it is doubtful she will look back with regret on those two years she spent without a tattoo.

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Posted on May. 27th, 2011

I would say go for it only if she had thought about it for some time and it was something meaningful. I actually signed for my son to get a small tattoo on his chest at 16 in memory of his baby brother that died. My son had been asking me for 3 years if he could have it when he turned 16 so I knew it was something he truly wanted. Just please remember to have it in a tasteful place as she will have it as a grown woman as well.

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Posted on Oct. 15th, 2009

It depends on the tattoo and placement of the tattoo. Talk it over with her and find out what it is she wants, where she wants it, and also discuss the fact that it may not be covered by all clothing, (i.e., is it some place that will show in a wedding dress).
As long as it is small and hidden, it shouldn't be a big deal.

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Posted on Sep. 4th, 2009

She's not necessarily guaranteed to make a stupid choice.. I got a small tattoo when I was 16, and I don't regret it. Although I had wanted it for a year, and it took that long to convince my mom to let me. It obviously depends on the tattoo and placement, because with the exception of laser removal, it is permanent. If it's something that has significant meaning, is tasteful, and is placed well, I'd say sure. Make her think about it for awhile though, like I said, I took a year.

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