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


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Although there is no federal law dictating the required age of consent for a tattoo, many states require that a person be of legal age, commonly 18, in order to receive a tattoo. Some states allow minors to get tattoos with the consent of a present parent or guardian.

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Even in jurisdictions where tattooing of minors is legal, individual tattoo artists often elect not to perform work on individuals under the age of 18. The reasons for this range from a desire for legal protection against a lawsuit from an angry parent to the artist's personal beliefs or business practices.

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