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So this something I've never thought of until recently. Why is it kids can get their ears pierced regardless of how old they are, but in most states you have to be 16 to get a tattoo and that's with a parent/guardian present who has signed the consent form? To me it seems like ear piercing poses just as much a risk to the person's health as tattoos. Or am I wrong?

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Im assuming it's because a tattoo is far more permanent than a piercing.

Posted September 25th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

A piercing is mostly reversible, because it can heal over time. A tattoo not so much.

To me it seems like ear piercing poses just as much a risk to the person's health as tattoos.

Neither really put people at risk of health aside from the instruments not being clean, I think.

Posted September 25th by Fox Forever

Ok, that still doesn't seem like enough of a difference for one to be illegal for children and the other not

Posted September 25th by -Riku-
-Riku-
 

You can remove piercings.

Imagine getting a tat of some stupid shit that you liked when you were 12 and then having to pay however much money, time and discomfort to get it removed later.

Posted September 25th by Cruinn-Annuin

Just remember, a tat of a Beautiful Eagle when you're 18 looks like a Puking Buzzard when you're 60.

Posted September 25th by chiefsonny

but in most states you have to be 16 to get a tattoo and that's with a parent/guardian present who has signed the consent form


So that 16 year old kid dosn't make an ass of himself by getting that eagle tat or worst yet, some 16 year old chicks name.

Posted September 25th by chiefsonny

Unreleated but chief I asked u in another post but u didn’t respond I asked you if u lived in Louisiana because a long time ago I talked to you and u said you live in the French qtr and went to Brennan’s to get their banana foster

Posted September 25th by Brandy

@Brandy
You must have misunderstood me. I use to visit The Big Easy often because I had a sister that lived in the French Quarter and a Cousin who owned a Gay Bar in the Quarter. He passed away and his Partner sold the bar. My Sister moved to Va. last year so there's no reason to go down there (other then to get a banana foster from Brennan’s) which would be worth the trip.

Edited September 25th by chiefsonny

Just remember, a tat of a Beautiful Eagle when you're 18 looks like a Puking Buzzard when you're 60.



Man. I really keep trying to figure out a design for a tattoo that will kind of change as I age, but it's hard to know what exactly my body is going to do.


As for the question, I think it has less to do with the permanence of tattoos and more to do with the fact that there's a lot more bio-waste in tattooing. Lot more blood, means tattoo parlors need to do a lot more to be sanitary. Health risks are not particularly high at either, but I would imagine they are higher with tattoos given that you are being cut over a sizeable chunk of your body and there's more blood involved than an ear piercing.

But, of course, I'm not really sure if there is a specific reason otherwise. Doesn't really make sense for states to dictate age of tattoos otherwise. Makes some sense for parlors to have such a policy to protect themselves from liabilities.


Posted September 25th by Jet Presto

Don't you need parental permission/them present to get your ear pierced as a minor (or at least below 16 or something)?

edit: Looked it up and it seems like in some states, you do, and in other states, you need consent for piercings except ear piercings. Maybe it has to due to infection rates (what I would guess in the most common complication since). Ear piercings are common and there's probably a really low rate of infection or something. Also the ear lobe is a fleshy mess without much going on in it wrt to nerves/arteries. If I had to guess, tattoos have higher rates of infection bc of the increased surface area you're working with, and other things. Also permanence and the idea of consent in general (person truly understands risk and benefit, etc). Or it could just be totally arbitrary.

Edited September 25th by Ophelia
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