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When can you get a tattoo?

Sparkling earrings, body jewelry, body modification or a cool motif under the skin? Tattoos and Piercings are very popular with young people and adults! And the question of whether it's allowed is one of the top 10 controversial topics among children and parents. But from what age is piercing and tattooing really allowed? The short answer: It depends. The full answer can be found here.

Piercing or tattooing: what is the minimum age?

From a purely legal point of view no age limit for tattoos and piercings. If you are under 18 and have yourself tattooed or pierced without your parents' permission, for example, you run the risk of trouble at home. The bigger problem in this case is the person with the needle. The tattoo artist wears them responsibility. He may be liable to prosecution for tattooing a child.

It looks different, for example, with the most harmless body jewelry: earrings. A big controversy among parents, where the question arises whether a child is unnecessarily injured so that they can wear cute stud earrings. There are countless discussions on the internet about whether a child should have ears pierced at a young age or should be waited so that the child can decide for themselves.

tip: No matter what kind of piercing you want, you should always have one serious studio walk. Nowadays, some hair salons even offer ear piercings. Sure, they are cheaper than in a studio, but be careful: These ear studs are shot into your ear with an ear gun. This destroys more tissue than a needle used in professional studios and can cause serious damage Wounds and sores especially in the cartilage area (e.g. at the top of the ear).

Tattoo is assault

As strange as it sounds - tattoos and piercings are considered willful assault. Because if someone sticks your skin with a needle, the skin will be injured. No matter whether it is a tongue piercing, an earring or an intimate piercing. As a rule, bodily harm is only not punishable if the person is theirs consent gives. Whether you can decide that on your own as a teenager does not depend on your age. That counts here mental maturity. You have to be aware that a tattoo will be under your skin for a lifetime. This is a potentially eternal decision that children shouldn't make. That is why many tattoo studios have a minimum age of 18 years.

What does the duty to provide information in the studio mean?

Your tattoo artist or piercer must first give you a thorough look to advise and answer all of your questions before it gets to your body. He'll also have to explain which ones to you possible risks can occur before getting a tattoo or piercing. The consequences are, for example, that the wound can cause inflammation. Or you may have an allergic reaction to the jewelry or the tattoo paint. Or that you have to take good care of a tattoo, especially at the beginning, so that the color does not fade - and that it can be expensive if you want to have your tattoo removed again. If the studio has this Obligation to provide information not fulfilled, you as a customer can possibly demand compensation for pain and suffering or damages.

It doesn't matter how old you are. What matters is how much you check.

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If you go to the tattoo or piercing studio alone as a young teenager, the person with the needle should check how fit you are in your head. The tattoo artist has to explain everything to you in great detail. And you have to understand. The piercer also has to be on the safe side before piercing: Do you really understand what you are doing? Do you know what aftercare looks like?

Can you assess the risks involved in tattooing (e.g. inflammation or allergies)? How about professional disadvantages out? For many companies this is no longer an issue these days. Note, however, that some companies require their employees to look neutral. Particularly eye-catching jewelry on the body is not always welcome. Regardless of whether it is visible on the eyebrow or on the earlobe, hidden by the hair. Even a hidden tongue or navel piercing can be a problem. And your new tattoo is sure to love it right now trend lie. If your boss opposes it, you could run into trouble. Or not even get a job that you want to have.

A tattoo remains a life long. Maybe at some point you don't like the motif anymore. What about twenty or thirty years from now? Do you think that you will still like the cute butterfly on your arm? If so: great! If not: better think again your decision to.

Do you know what it can cost to have a tattoo removed? And do you actually realize how much it hurts? Can a person who doesn't know you be able to judge that? Questionable. To be on the safe side, one should professional tattoo artist so the Consent from your parents desire. Consent can, for example, be in the form of a written declaration of consent. Parents have to fill out and sign these for their child. Or even better: wait until you are really ready and can take all factors into account.

When in doubt, the person with the needle gets into trouble

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The tattoo artist or piercer said it was okay? Nice for you, but pretty stupid of him. Anyone who agrees to tattoo or pierce you even without your parents' signature will be pretty tough high risk a. Especially when something goes wrong with the piercing. Because what happens if, as a minor, you could not have made a decision on your own and your parents were against it? Then your signature is invalid and so is your consent. And without consent, we're back to the subject of bodily harm. And that is punishable.

How do piercing and tattoo studios handle the legal situation?

The legal regulation is unfortunately not very clear as you can see. In reality, therefore, the following has prevailed: Many studios do small piercings from 14 onwards in the presence of their parents, from 16 onwards a signature from the parents is usually sufficient. Larger things like flesh tunnels (widened ear holes), intimate piercings or brandings are only available from 18 or even 21. And tattoos only from 18 or 16 with the consent of the parents.

Yours Parents are against it, but you really want to get a piercing or a tattoo? Don't worry, sometimes there is nothing wrong with waiting first. So you can save the money in peace and quiet for the next few years to inform. Think about it: where do you want to wear body jewelry all the time? And which motif should stay on your body for the rest of your life? A certain waiting time has already saved one or the other from the sins of youth. Make a conscious decision to choose a tattoo artist you trust before getting your first tattoo - isn't that a good idea?