How old do you need to be to get a tattoo?


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While laws regarding tattooing of minors vary from state to state, most states require people to be 18 to get a tattoo. Most of those states allow tattooing of minors with the written permission or physical presence of a parent.

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Several states have slightly different restrictions regarding the tattooing of a minor. Georgia allows osteopaths to tattoo minors with no penalty. Iowa allows minors to get tattoos if they are married. In South Carolina, the minimum age for getting a tattoo is 21 rather than 18. Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico and Oregon have no legal penalties for tattooing minors.

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