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According to a new survey, 78{a18c87a46add82dbee5e4fa4c0cab30d5f6e3bbf78c3f52c3c01413f7f531a16} of parents who have a teenager say they would absolutely not allow their child to get one of these.


A tattoo


38{a18c87a46add82dbee5e4fa4c0cab30d5f6e3bbf78c3f52c3c01413f7f531a16} of parents with teenagers say their child has asked for a tattoo and about 5{a18c87a46add82dbee5e4fa4c0cab30d5f6e3bbf78c3f52c3c01413f7f531a16} of parents have allowed it. Another 10{a18c87a46add82dbee5e4fa4c0cab30d5f6e3bbf78c3f52c3c01413f7f531a16} say they wouldn’t be opposed to the idea but 78{a18c87a46add82dbee5e4fa4c0cab30d5f6e3bbf78c3f52c3c01413f7f531a16} of parents say they would never allow their child to get one. The top two reasons parents gave were they were afraid of negative health consequences like an infection and they thought the tattoo would make it harder for the kid to get a job in the future. Count me in the group that would not want their kid to get one (mine has “jokingly” asked – I think to see what my reaction would be). However, my daughter likes to remind me that she is now 18 and can get one if she wants. I always point out that, as long as she is on my payroll, I can still dictate where my money goes. Would you let your kid get a tattoo?

– Dave O’Brien