According to the South Carolina Code of Laws as of 2014, a person must be 18 years or older to get tattooed. Minors cannot be tattooed even if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Tattooing did not become legal in South Carolina until 2004, and the original legal age was 21. Those 18 to 20 had to have parental consent and the presence of a parent at the time of the tattoo. A bill was signed and made official by Governor Mark Sanford in 2010 that lowered the tattooing age. One of the driving reasons was reportedly to allow military service members under the age of 21 the ability to be legally tattooed.