For example, the Southern Nevada Health District prohibits tattooing adolescents under the age of 14, and requires a parent or guardian to submit written agreement and be present during the process for 14- to 18-year-olds. The minimum age to consent to any form of surgery is 18 years old, so tattoos are treated as elective procedures.
The state law does not specify a minimum age but the National Institute of Medicine has determined that the risk of infection increases with age. They recommend that people consider the risks and benefits before getting a tattoo and not doing so could lead to serious consequences.
In addition to being at least 18 years old, a person will also need to show some form of identification that proves they are older than 18. This includes a driver's license, passport, military ID card, or birth certificate.
If you are under 18 years old and get a tattoo, your parents or guardians will be notified by letter sent to the address listed on your account of record with us. If they cannot be reached after three attempts, then we will send out a second letter. If they still cannot be reached, we will remove them from our system. Parents or guardians who fail to control their children's decision to get tattoos will be held responsible for all of their child's actions thereafter.
All professions regulated by the division are governed by Alaska Statutes SS08.01-08.03 and regulations 12 AAC 02 It is illegal to conduct tattooing and permanent cosmetic coloring on a child.
For example, the Southern Nevada Health District prohibits tattooing adolescents under the age of 14, and requires a parent or guardian to submit written agreement and be present during the process for 14- to 18-year-olds.
Children aged 14 to 17 can now receive tattoos from licensed parlors provided they have written approval from a parent or guardian and the parent accompany the kid to the tattoo parlor, thanks to a 2-1 decision by the Board of Health on Monday. The rule goes into effect this month.
The board voted 2-1 to approve the practice after hearing testimony from both for and against it. Opponents said giving young people permanent ink is going too far while supporters argued that the rule protects kids from dangerous practices done unprofessionally by untrained artists.
"We've heard from many parents who want us to allow teens age 14 and up to get tattooing licenses, and we think this rule is a good balance between protecting children and allowing adults to express themselves through body art," said Dr. Rachel MacLean, director of the Bureau of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at MassHealth. "We know from research that teen tattoos are often done without appropriate care or oversight, which makes us concerned about potential health problems down the road."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five teenagers has a tattoo. Of those, 70 percent had their tattoo(s) done professionally while 30 percent got them done illegally at skin shops or parlors that aren't required by law to be licensed.
(1) Prior written approval from one parent or guardian is required for minor tattooing. Tattoos are not permitted on anybody under the age of sixteen. A juvenile, sixteen years of age or older, may not be tattooed unless their parent or legal guardian gives written authorization. The permission must be obtained before any work is done.
There are several ways that people acquire tattoos: by getting a tattoo from an experienced tattoo artist who uses sterile equipment, by going to a reputable salon that uses sanitary techniques, or by giving yourself a tattoo with a safe instrument such as a tattoo gun. In some cases, a medical procedure known as dermabrasion can be used to remove skin that is covered with tattoos that no longer look like they once did. Dermabrasion is not recommended for people with dark skin types because the process will not remove all of the pigment, so new ink would likely be applied later. It is also not recommended if you have acne or other skin problems since the treatment could make them worse.
The decision to get a tattoo should not be made lightly. There are many factors to consider before deciding what kind of artwork you want permanently etched into your body. Is the design appropriate for your body type? What colors do you prefer? What symbols mean the most to you? Only you can answer these questions and more to determine if the tattoo you dream of having really fits you.