Tattoos and Piercings

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Tattoos and Piercings
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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 3:56pm

My oldest is 14, and as scared he is of just regular needles don't think this is something I'll be dealing with for awhile.  I was curious if any of your kids have asked for or gotten a tattoo or body piercing.    I've thought of getting a tattoo before, but haven't found any design that I want to permantly put on my body, although my dh got a tattoo a few years ago.  I joke that his was from a mid-life crisis :smileywink: 

What was your reaction and did they need your permission to get it done in your state?  Even with their parent's permission, what age do you think is appropriate for either?   

 

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 5:16pm

 BTDT.

 All of my DDs had a tattoo (DD3 has 2).  DD1 has a belly piercing.  DD3 has a nose one. 

  They were all over 18 when they got them done so no parental permission needed.  I would not have given them permission when they were under 18. 

 Did not really have a reaction, they were adults so their choice. 

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Registered: 11-14-2011
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 5:25pm
I hate them. My daughter has multiple ear piercings. I have told her, and the other children, that they are free to do what they want, after they are 18 and paying their own way. I don't judge people for piercings or tatoos, but I do not like them, at all. I do not think that they are attractive. If someone were to ak my opinion, I would discourage anyone from getting either.
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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 7:58pm
Both my kids have known forever that a tattoo or non-ear piercing will not be allowed until they're old enough to do it legally without my permission, and without my money, lol.

Neither has expressed any desire to have either.

Tattoos and body piercings were illegal (to perform) here until just a few years ago. You had to cross the state line to do it. They do require parental permission if your'e under 18.

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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 7:59pm
I'd be okay with the purple streak and the second earring holes. But not a tattoo.

The Girl has expressed a desire for colored hair or colored streak a time or two, but her band director would go ballistic, so she's not pursued it.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 8:09pm
Both my girls have had colored streaks. E had pink last summer, but it washed out after one trip to the pool. G had red and it stayed in most of the summer. This summer, she has gotten her own dye and the red is back. But it's always temporary. Their schools don't allow "unnatural" hair colors.
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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 8:10pm
I don't mind either, but my kids have to wait until they are not on my dime and don't need my permission. Gauges are gross though.
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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 9:32pm
I'm fine with ear piercing and pretty much anything temporary. My kids both went through the feather stage (those feathers that attach to your hair), and I don't think I would have an issue with hair coloring (but neither of my kids is interested). But no tattoos or body piercings (other than ears) until they're 18 and do it on their own. One thing that I think has helped with my kids is that I didn't let them get their ears pierced until they were 13. Most kids around here seem to get them very young, so that by the time they hit the teen years, they're looking for something else.
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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 4:01am
I allowed dd to get her ears pierced when she was 16. I wanted her to be old enough to go by herself and deal with it by herself (since I can't deal with things like that and had a horrible experience with ear piercing). She has never shown any interest in any other piercings or in tattoos, and I am glad of that, since I do not like either, including pierced ears.
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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 7:18am

 When DD2 was 6 she asked me when they could get their ears pierced.  It seemed to come out of no where and was such a surprise that I said 10.  No real reason behind that age except that I assumed by then they would be able to handle the cleaning and care of it.

 I pretty much forgot it.  Then 2 years later a few weeks before DD1 turned 10 DD2 said, now, she will be able to get her ears pierced.  DD1 and DD2 both got thier ears pierced for their 10th birthdays.   DD3 had no interest then and I think got it done for either her 11th or 12th. 

  I got mine done at 14th.  When I was in the Air Force I could not wear earrings while at work.  I got so tired of putting them in and out that I just stopped wearing them and my ears closed out.  When my mother passed since we were born in the same month I got all of her birthstone jewelry which included earrings. So I got them re-pierced at 41. 

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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 8:01am

  I had forgotten how painful it was. 

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