Advice for parents of teens who want tattoos

October 11, 2010 1:09:20 PM PDT
As tattoos have gone mainstream, more young people are asking for them.

And more parents are saying yes.

But there are concerns associated with underage tattoos including a risk of infection, worries that a teen will later regret his or her decision, and fears that people may treat a person with a tattoo differently.

Tattoo artists warn that when art is etched onto still-developing bodies -- it can change over time.

"I've seen where someone was tattooed at a really young age, and as their skin grew the tattoos sort of shift its position by a good inch and a half or 2 inches," said one artist.

One psychiatrist emphasizes it's important to keep an open dialogue with teens who want tattoos. When parents only say "no way" -- their children may go get one just to rebel.


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