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Chet - posted on 11/06/2014
To clarify, in the US there are laws restricting tattooing of minors. It varies from state to state though. There are a lot of states where it can happen with the consent of a parent or guardian, and there are a couple of states where you only need to be 16.
The laws in Canada are generally more lax, although again, they vary depending on the part of the country. A lot of tattoo artists make the choice to refuse minors on their own, or to only take them on a case by case basis.
I definitely know people who regret tattoos they got when they were young. About a third of people eventually grow to regret their tattoo. That said, anyone I know who got a tasteful and carefully chosen tattoo to honour a dead friend or relative had no regrets - even if they did it when they were young.
I'm really, really sorry your friend died. A tattoo isn't something to rush into though. You should take a lot of time to plan the tattoo you want, and to find a tattoo artist whose work you like. I've gone with a number of friends when they went to get tattoos, and most of them visited every tattoo parlour in the city before choosing where to have it done.
I think too that getting the tattoo could also mark a special day for you or your friend that died. You could wait and get it on the day your friend would have turned 18 or would have graduated from high school.
And like Sarah said, in the meantime you can do something else to remember and honour your friend.
Raye - posted on 11/06/2014
I agree with Chet. I waited until I was 22 y/o to get my first tattoo, and now I want to have it covered. Think seriously about what kind of design you want. If you can draw, then draw it out, or if you can't draw have a friend draw it or pay an artist to draw something for you. Then hold on to it for a couple years. See if you still like the design then, or even if you still want a tattoo at all.
It's great that you want to honor your friend, but this is something permanently on your body, and feelings may change over time. Don't rush into it.
Gena - posted on 11/06/2014
There is a reason why you must be 18 to get a tattoo.And believe me,even when some are 18 they make bad tattoo choices that they regret when they are older.In the country where i live some tattoo artists tattoo 16yr olds if they go with their parents. I personaly dont think its a good idea and tattoo artists that dont only want to make money wont tattoo a 16yr old. Wait till you are 18.
Sarah - posted on 11/05/2014
Also, any establishment that would provide tattoo services to a 15 yo, is working illegally. That said, they probably won't be careful about sterilizing the instruments and providing adequate instructions as to how to care for your skin afterward. Do you really want scarring, hepatitis, or worse....
Sarah - posted on 11/05/2014
Can you find a different way to remember your friend? Start a fund in her name and put the energy you are putting into getting a tattoo into raising awareness for a cause that would have meant something to her.
Tattoos are forever....as a nurse I see many, many tattoos on people, of things they'd rather forget, in places they'd rather not be seen. Wait!
~â¥Little Miss - posted on 11/05/2014
Legal age is 18. Unless the laws change in your area, wait. There are tattoo laws in place for a reason. That is a wonderful way to remember your friend, but if by 18 you don't want it any more, then that was a perfect reason to wait rather than regretting a permanant mark on your body for the rest of your life.
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