Would You Allow Your Child To Get a Tattoo Before He or She Turned 18?

To do so legally before the age of 18, a child needs a waiver signed by a parent.

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches, in which local parents are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting issues.

Each week our Moms Council members will discuss a different issue. Join the conversation by weighing in on a topic or asking questions.  

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey, of Upper Milford Township, is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and long time member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew, of Emmaus, is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17-years experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston, of Emmaus, has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling.  She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother to a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, N.J. in January.
  • Lisa Merk, of Lower Macungie, is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.    
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul, of Bethlehem, is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a five year old and a 14 month old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.” 

Introducing Megan Patruno 

The newest member of our Moms Council, Megan Patruno lives in Allentown. She is a mother of three – an 11-year-old boy, an 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy. Megan also works as an admission counselor for Muhlenberg College in Allentown. 

This week’s Moms Talk question comes to us from the editor of the Nazareth Patch, Mallory Vough, who says she’s “not a mom, and doesn’t plan to be one any time soon, unless you count fur babies.” 

Even so, Mallory raises an interesting topic for Moms Talk – tattoos. 

To legally obtain a tattoo in a tattoo parlor before the age of 18, a child needs a waiver signed by a parent. Mallory’s step-mother (and legal guardian at that time) allowed her to get her first tattoo when she was 17 and now she has a total of four tattoos and says she will likely get more.

So here’s what Mallory wants to know: Would you allow your child to get a tattoo before he or she turned 18? Is there really a great difference between getting your first tattoo at 17 with parental consent or making the decision on your own at 18?

Share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. 

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Phillyboy June 08, 2011 at 03:07 PM
I personally don't believe children should have any permanent tattoos. What is wrong with just allowing them to wear the kind that wash off. I believe tattoos are just a fad and will eventually become unpopular. If they are still in style when children turn 18, they can make their own decision about getting one.
Christine July 01, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I got 2 tattoos at 15 my mom signed a waiver for both I'm not a mom but my moms sister(my aunt) hates the fact that i got them in the first place......its been almost a year since my last one and i DONT regret them at all....both of mine are meaningful and tasteful and can be easily hidden for a job. My parents only stipulations was that I had to take care of the tattoos and that they could be easily hidden for a job and that they were tasteful.
Mom of DnNnD July 01, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Ear piercings are not permanent. Tattoos are (unless you pay a lot to have them removed and it's even more painful than the original tattoo). Big difference.
Mom of DnNnD July 01, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I would not and did not sign a waiver for my son, no matter how much he begged. He knew I was opposed to it and couldn't justify the expense, especially with graduation, prom, new car, gas and all the other expenses for a teenager. Well, 2 months after 18 he got a tattoo. Thought I wouldn't get mad because he got prayer hands and my dad's name. Huh, huh, huh, BIG mistake. I'm not sentimental and my dad hated tattoos. Let's just say he did not get that new car or the graduation party. And he still hasn't worked up the courage to tell his dad.
J Moore September 17, 2012 at 02:04 AM
? for all, my 16 year old daughter went to her father's for the summer and my daughter now has a tatoo without my input or approval. I think her step mother got it for her. Can she legally do so? Any advice how to proceed.


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