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.