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Diamonds are forever; so are tattoos. But unlike a nice piece of pretty bling, your teen may not want that butterfly tattoo in 10 years. No matter where you stand on “getting inked,” take the time to have an open, honest discussion with your teen if the topic comes up.
Recent polls show that more than 20 percent of adults in the United States have tattoos. If that number surprises you, just wait. Thirty-six percent of 18-to-25-year-olds has at least one tattoo. That’s more than one-in-three.
Body ink can represent ideas, interests, emotions and numerous aspects of one's personal life, and with so many young adults choosing tattoos as a means of self-expression, your teenagers may start entertaining the idea. While opinions differ immensely on the topic, arming yourself with the right information can help you guide your teen toward a well-thought-out decision.
If your teen shows interest in acquiring a tattoo, be open to discussing the idea. Consider your teen’s reasoning for wanting one, especially if it involves a significant other or personal belief. Talk to parents of other teens who may want tattoos or already have them to hear their opinions on the subject. Whether you are for or against the idea, it’s important you help your son or daughter understand the cost, permanency and risks of tattoos.
When it comes to cost, tattoo artists is typically charge $80 to $100/hour. Pricing is dependent on size, color and location.
Teenagers need to be well aware of the risks involved. An alarming 40 percent of students believe tattooing and body piercing are unlikely to pose health risks. Issues such as infections and allergic reactions can happen soon after receiving a tattoo. Allergic reactions occur more frequently with vibrant ink colors such as bright reds and deep blues. Additionally, the FDA does not require tattoo parlors to reveal ingredients in tattoo inks, which means some may contain chemicals such as formaldehyde and mercury sulfides.
Discussing tattoos with your teen can be tricky, especially if you are against the idea. Teens over 18 do not need parental permission to receive tattoos. So instead, ask questions that will challenge your teen to seriously consider the long term effects, such as:
What will you do if a tattoo does not look the way you expected?
Will the tattoo still be significant 10 years from now?
What was your favorite band two years ago? Who is your favorite band now? Things you like will change over time
Remember when we painted your room bright pink? But now you like a soft lime? What happens when the colors you choose go out of style?
Make sure to stress the permanence of tattoos. While tattoo removal is available, it isn’t as simple as it sounds. Not only is it costly ($100-350/session), but it’s typically a long, drawn-out process (3-10 sessions with four weeks between sessions). Still there is no guarantee that the lasers will fully remove the tattoo and it tends to leave a scar.