So, You Have Decided to Get Your Kid Tattooed, Pierced or Branded

Disclaimer -- No Child Was Permanently Tattooed for this Photo

Disclaimer -- No Child Was Permanently Tattooed for this Photo

Siouxsie adores tattoos and body art, but not on children.

Apparently, many people do not feel the same as Siouxsie.  Indeed in most states, the application of tattoos and body art on children is completely acceptable and legal so long as one parent (or legal guardian) consents to it in writing.  And in many of these states, once there is consent, there is no minimum-age requirement.  Siouxsie is shocked.  This means that in most states parents can tattoo, body pierce, or otherwise brand their child no matter what the age.  (Of course there is always a flip-side, and there are states where tattooing a minor under any circumstance is a serious offense.  For instance, in a California case, prosecutors are currently seeking a life sentence against a man for tattooing a gang sign on his seven-year-old son.)

While Siouxsie does not agree with tattooing and body modification on children (and while many of Siouxsie’s talented tattoo/body mod-artist friends refuse to work on minors no matter what), Siouxsie can not help but imagine what a consent form would look like in this situation:

Tattooing, Body Piercing and/or Branding Consent Form – Teenagers, Young Children, and Toddlers, **

Parent/Legal Guardian hereby consents to the application of a Tattoo, Body Piercing, and/or Branding to child, foster child, stepchild, and/or other minor (hereinafter “child”).  For purposes of this consent form the terms Tattoo, Body Piercing, and/or Branding are defined as follows:  (a) Tattoo — a permanent marking made by inserting a group of needles filled with ink into the layers of skin to change the pigment for decorative or other reasons; (b) Body Piercing — a puncturing or cutting of a part of the human body, to create an opening in which pretty jewelry may be worn; (c) Branding —  a  process in which a permanent mark, usually a symbol or ornamental pattern, is burned into the skin with a very hot or cold iron, with the intention of leaving a scar.

Parent/Legal Guardian hereby releases and waives all claims for Parent/Legal Guardian, child, and remaining family members including but not limited to regret; scarring; infection; disfigurement; nerve damage; regret; fading; stretching; obsolescence; costs incurred for laser and/surgical removal; scorn from other relatives, teachers, parents; and/or risk of said child acquiring a secret and much older boyfriend or girlfriend.

Parent/Legal Guardian acknowledges that by signing this document Parent/Legal Guardian has been advised by the facts and matters set forth below and agrees as follows:

Parent/Legal Guardian consents for child to have a Tattoo of:  a butterfly; boyfriend/girlfriend’s name; fairy; Chinese characters; tribal design; celtic knot; flowers; sun; cross/religious symbol; portrait of deceased; cartoon character and/or other.

Parent/Legal Guardian consents for child to have said Tattoo placed on ankle; back of neck; shoulder; lower back (aka “tramp stamp”); ribs (aka “ho-handles”); and/or other.

Parent/Legal Guardian consents for child to have a Body Piercing placed on ear lobe; nose; eyebrow; upper ear; lip; nipples; genitals (REALLY!!!?!).

Parent/Legal Guardian consents for child to have a Branding placed on . . . (even Siouxsie can’t go here; we all have our limits).

Parent/Legal Guardian consents to the application of a Tattoo, Body Piercing, and/or Branding on child and believes that child is making an informed and conscious decision to have said Tattoo, Body Piercing, and or Branding permanently applied (no really, Parent/Legal Guardian really believes this).

Parent/Legal Guardian has read, signed and agreed to the Consent to the Application of a Tattoo, Body Piercing, and/or Branding form, on the behalf of child and still consents for some reason.  Parent/Legal Guardian understands that by signing this form they admit that their parenting skills could be described as adequate at best.

Parent/Legal Guardian accepts all legal and moral responsibility on behalf of the child and for their choice to get a permanent Tattoo, Body Piercing and/or Branding at such a young age when their bodies are still growing and their interests are ever changing.

Signed on this  day of ___ day of ___, 20__.


Parent/Legal Guardian

Printed Name  Signature


Unfortunately, there are many simple-minded dolts and dimwits who troll the interweb and may think that this constitutes legal advice somehow.  It does not.  For one, each situation is complex and unique and requires individualized assessment.  Second, one should never use and/or rely on a purported legal form that uses terms such as tramp stamp and/or ho handle.  As always, it saddens Siouxsie that she must point this out.  But so be it.

~ by siouxsielaw on October 23, 2009.

4 Responses to “So, You Have Decided to Get Your Kid Tattooed, Pierced or Branded”

  1. im doin a persuasive paper on tattoes and piercing think this is a good site

  2. Good post. Annoying multiple references to yourself in third person. It really is very strange.

  3. Women, don’t get a tattoo. That butterfly looks great on your breast when you’re twenty or thirty, but when you get to seventy, it stretches into a condor. ~Billy Elmer

  4. i love tattoos and piercings, as a mother i find it shocking and disgusting that parents would even think of this. in the uk i’m sure this would be seen as child abuse, lock ’em up!!!

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