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concerned

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i just want to know other people's opinion. a couple months ago, i saw a dad bring in his 13yo son to get a tattoo. i was shocked that the tattoo shop did the tattoo and even more shocked to find out that its legal! according to KY law, any child, any age, can get a tattoo with parental consent. don't get me wrong...i like tattoos and have a bunch, but 13yo?? this is just wrong and to think that legally a 5yo could get a tattoo if a parent consents and no one would get in trouble!! what is wrong with people? do we need to change the law? what do you all think?
Richard Dawkins

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Mar 27, 2012
 

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No, the law doesn't need to change. If a 13 year old, his father and the tattooist all consented on the tattoo then who are the lawmakers to say they shouldn't be allowed?

When there is complaints from 10 year old kids that they were tattooed when they were 5 and now regret it then maybe the law should be changed. But as it's never going to happen I simply think writing a law about this is just going to be a waste of time. We have genuine legal problems to deal with now, we don't need to be inventing things to9 legislate against.
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concerned wrote:
i just want to know other people's opinion. a couple months ago, i saw a dad bring in his 13yo son to get a tattoo. i was shocked that the tattoo shop did the tattoo and even more shocked to find out that its legal! according to KY law, any child, any age, can get a tattoo with parental consent. don't get me wrong...i like tattoos and have a bunch, but 13yo?? this is just wrong and to think that legally a 5yo could get a tattoo if a parent consents and no one would get in trouble!! what is wrong with people? do we need to change the law? what do you all think?
Priorities. Parents? Are they concerned about their child's success at school, the development of their spiritual life, their sense of responsibility? Unfortunate that tatoos top the list.

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Very sad! What kind of parent would let their child do this. Losers! These kids will run our world some day !

Since: May 11

Louisville, KY

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I have no problems with tattoos, but it really is the kind of thing that should be done when one is older. They are permanent, and what one gets when one is 10 or 15 might have no emotional connection at all when they are older. The body is a great canvas (although I don't have any tattoos myself), but there is only so much space on it so it should only be used with careful and mature thought. I'm not sure banning them is the right way to go, but it seems like very unwise parenting.
uncle cracker

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Unfortunately you cannot legislate morality. That is why society has different classes. Nature has a way of weeding out the weak. Those types of people live on one side of the tracks and there are fewer opportunities afforded them because of their decisions. Tatoos are a personal choice just like piercings, gauges, etc. But a person with a marijuana leaf tatooed on their neck shouldnt expect to work in a professional environment. There are repercussions for every choice and if you choose that manner of living, more power to you, but dont condemn your minor child to a life of your choices.
bigmistake

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Mar 27, 2012
 
Richard Dawkins wrote:
No, the law doesn't need to change. If a 13 year old, his father and the tattooist all consented on the tattoo then who are the lawmakers to say they shouldn't be allowed?
When there is complaints from 10 year old kids that they were tattooed when they were 5 and now regret it then maybe the law should be changed. But as it's never going to happen I simply think writing a law about this is just going to be a waste of time. We have genuine legal problems to deal with now, we don't need to be inventing things to9 legislate against.
Oh I think one day when they actually grow up they will be sorry. There is nothing more disgusting than an old man or woman with tattoos, especially a woman. It makes them look so cheap. A classy lady would not have all those tattoos on her only the cheap chicks.. Noone is going to hire you with all the tattoos, you can't go in any branch of service with all that showing. This world has no morals any more and the parents let the kids control them. I would never lower myself to that standard.
_Underscore_

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Mar 27, 2012
 
yep wrote:
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Priorities. Parents? Are they concerned about their child's success at school, the development of their spiritual life, their sense of responsibility? Unfortunate that tatoos top the list.
Yes, because getting a tattoo leads the adolescent to ignore their responsibilities and means that a parent ignores them, as well. What nonsense.
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bigmistake wrote:
<quoted text> This world has no morals any more and the parents let the kids control them.
Which explains why everyone's going out, robbin' and raping every other night, eh? I can't tell if you're just full of yourself and your oh-so-absolute-and-righteous morals or if you're spitting hyperbole.
Surprised

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Mar 27, 2012
 
I thought the law in KY was that you had to be 16+ with a parent?.

I'm still surprised that any tattoo place would tattoo a 13 year old.

From what I've heard, no legitimate tattoo parlor would tattoo someone under 18. As they're still growing and the tattoo would look like crap in a few years.

It even says that on Tattoo Charlie's website.

Since: May 11

Louisville, KY

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Mar 27, 2012
 
I have to disagree about tattoos looking really bad on people. There are some people who look great with them. In my opinion, you really have to have a lot of them on you before they look good though. Many of the women who actually work in tattoo parlors look cool. I honestly think that a major factor on the appearance of tattoos, and piercings, is actually a person's hair. This will sound weird, but I think that somebody with really nice looking, shiny hair looks much better with tattoos than someone who's hair has a duller color. But, I agree with them limiting job prospects.
concerned

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Mar 28, 2012
 
Tattoo Charlie's rules are their own. Just like they say its illegal to tattoo faces/hands. But that is not the point. With the exception of laser surgery, tattoos are permanent! Getting a tattoo is a life-long, life-changing decision, and are people really ok with letting a child decide something like this? You have to be 21yo to legally drink, with or without parental consent, but you can get a tattoo at any age. I checked the KRS and there is NO age limit.
I don't have anymore small children, but let's say I had a 7yo, I could legally allow them to get a tattoo!!! I just think that is wrong. No we can't legislate morals, but we can sure make it illegal to get tattoos under the age of 18 or even 16 (but in my opinion that is still too young). People will still try, but we can hender them a little. We do it with alcohol and cigarettes.
I just wanted to bring this up because I didn't know this was going on and thought others would like to know about it. Please don't attack me because of how I feel about this, it just concerns me.
baseball gal

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Mar 28, 2012
 
I have several tattoos all which have significant meaning to me. I also have a son who is 9, and I tell him when he gets 18 he can put whatever tattoos on him he can afford. I would never in a million years allows my son to get a tattoo before he is able to make his own decisions. My mother wasn't happy when I got mine and I was 24 years old. I just can't imagine what goes through a parents head for them to even consider signing for a child to get a tattoo... Priorities are not in the right place.
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I have two very very small tattoo,s that both are covered. Ofcolurse Im grown too. And no way in hell would I ever allow my child or take them to get a tattoo under the age of 18 at all. I dont agree with it. Ages younger than that your mind changes so much. SO why allow a kid something permanent when their minds arent even staying the same. Besides thats why they have the little fake tatts now for kids. LOL
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_Underscore_ wrote:
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Which explains why everyone's going out, robbin' and raping every other night, eh? I can't tell if you're just full of yourself and your oh-so-absolute-and-righteous morals or if you're spitting hyperbole.
My impression is that you have set absolutely NO boundaries for yourself. If that isn't the easy way out. Having some discipline and control in one's life is actually quite rewarding. My thinking is wholesome and classy. But then the other works for you, I am sure.
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inquisitive wrote:
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My impression is that you have set absolutely NO boundaries for yourself. If that isn't the easy way out. Having some discipline and control in one's life is actually quite rewarding. My thinking is wholesome and classy. But then the other works for you, I am sure.
What a paltry set of virtues that you hold for yourself; you claim to be classy and wholesome, yet gild your entire post with smug superiority. Also, you're assuming that I have no boundaries, or that I'm without moral fiber? I asserted that the world isn't without morals; it's just populated with people that are so full of themselves that it's "without morals" because others don't fall in with their antiquated, uppity views.

Please, inq, keep speaking, as this thread could benefit ever so much from your diatribe. It's become quite chilly and your hot air is the only thing keeping our toes warm.

Since: May 11

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Mar 28, 2012
 
It seems like every thread I go on has some loon talking about how they are the only ones with morals (it may be the same person in each thread). If I was a Christian I would start pointing out bible verses about how one should judge not, and the ones about how there isn't a single moral person, not a one (I have to disagree with that part, since I think the vast majority of humans are moral and decent).
kentucky girl

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Apr 19, 2012
 
Surprised wrote:
I thought the law in KY was that you had to be 16+ with a parent?.
I'm still surprised that any tattoo place would tattoo a 13 year old.
From what I've heard, no legitimate tattoo parlor would tattoo someone under 18. As they're still growing and the tattoo would look like crap in a few years.
It even says that on Tattoo Charlie's website.
My ex took our son @ 17 and he got a tat dunno who did it but I DON'T agree he is still to young ! But nothing I can do about it now !
Anonymous

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that goth in LJ wrote:
If I was a Christian I would start pointing out bible verses
It wouldn't do any sort of good. Christ's teachings are so simplistic--which isn't a bad thing at all-- that the only excuses for not understanding them are never hearing them in the first place or flat-out ignoring them. It's sad that the man that martyred himself for the sake of love, wisdom, truth, forgiveness, charity, and understanding is followed by a group of people that revel in unabashed hate, violence, ignorance, and selfishness. Like Hell if you're going to get any of them to see that, though--they'll just defend themselves with that Bible they've never read or lived by.

Since: Oct 11

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Apr 20, 2012
 
I believe that if a child uder 18 wants to get a tattoo that is of signifagnce to them, and the parent allows it then so be it. I recently lost my best friend who was very close with my 10 year old daughter. She wants to get a tattoo to remember her with when she is 14. If she still feels this way in 4 years then I will allow it. It is an expression of the way she feels, and as log as it is a nice, decent tattoo, then I will take her to get it. Now if a kid wanted to get something just because it looked cool, then that is another story. The tattoo should mean something to you as a person, not just look cute or sexy or cool.

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