How Old Do You Have to Be to Get a Tattoo in Illinois?

A person must be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo in Illinois even if he has parental consent. It is considered a Class A misdemeanor for a tattoo artist to offer to tattoo a minor or to allow him to remain on the premises unaccompanied.

A person under the age of 18 is allowed to get a body piercing provided he has consent from a parent or guardian. It is a Class C misdemeanor for a piercing specialist to pierce a minor and a Class A misdemeanor to allow a minor to remain on the premises during a piercing without parental accompaniment.