Legal Age To Get A Tattoo – Do Not Break Any Law!

“What is the legal age to get a tattoo?” If you’re thinking of getting your first tattoo, you might have been looking around to try to find out the answers to this question. More often than not, people who ask this question are the younger ones who have barely reached 18, and would like to know if there is any place that allows them to get their first ink before 18 years old. Allow me to answer your burning question.

First of all, the legal age to get a tattoo is 18 years old. There’s no argument about this. In all countries and states that regulates the tattoo industry, the official legal age is 18 years old. However, does this mean that if you’re below 18 full years of age and you get a tattoo, you would be breaking the law? Not quite.

People below the age of 18 (I refrain from calling you children) are known as minors.
In some places, minors who are above 16 years old may be allowed to get a tattoo with parental consent. Where are these places?

You would have to find out for yourself if your state allows it or not. 5 states out the 50 allows you to do so, provided you bring along your REAL parent and have them sign the parental consent form. Bringing just any fellow to pass off as your parents is illegal and would definitely get you into a whole lot of trouble, so steer clear if your parents do not allow you to get one. You also cannot simply walk into a shop and tell the artist that your parents allow you to have one, because the proper procedures would have to be followed to indemnify the artists in case they get sued by your parents after that.

However, you have to bear in mind that even if your state and your parents allow you to get inked when you’re yet not of the legal age to get a tattoo, many tattoo artists would still refuse to help you simply because of the many implications of helping a minor get inked.

Moving on, the remaining 45 of the 50 states require you to be 18, with or without parental permission. To get inked, simply show your tattoo artist your government issued photo ID if you look too young.

It is interesting to note that there are some places that strictly require you to be 18 and above. Two examples are Denmark and Germany.

Now, the next question to ask is that, if it is illegal to get inked in your state if you’re a minor, but you’ve found an artist who is willing to risk his licence for a quick buck, should you do it?

Good question, and i believe you do know the answer to it is a resounding No. Why? A tattoo artist who would even dare to break the legal age for inking his customers is scary to say the least. No reputable artist would do this. Think about it. If he could even close one eye on the legal age, he probably could close two on the safety and hygiene aspects as well. If you would like to risk your safety and health by allowing a shady and unethical artist tattoo for you, then go for it. If i were below 16 again, the choice would be simple for me to make though – just wait.

Therefore, for anyone under the age of 16 who wants to get inked, i would advise you to wait until you’re older. There’s a reason why they imposed a legal age to get a tattoo and a legal age to drink alcohol and stuff, because with age comes experience and maturity, so that you know you would not be shooting yourself in the foot in the long run just because you wanted to look cool for now.

Common Questions About Age of Consent Laws Answered

In United States, ages of consent for sexual activity varies by jurisdiction. The age of consent is the age at or above which a person is considered to have the legal capacity to consent to sexual activity. If a child is younger than the specified age, he or she cannot consent to sex unless they are married to the person with whom they are having sex. The laws can sometimes result in questions like those below.

Q. Can one parent stop the other legally from allowing their 16 year old child to have sex in case of joint custody?

Having sex is not considered as a crime if the act is consensual and the child has reached the age of consent. So one parent cannot legally stop the other parent but may object the way the child is being brought up by the parent who has custody. In such a case, the other parent may ask the court to reconsider custody.

Q. In North Carolina, if a young 16 year old girl gets pregnant by a 34 year old man, what legal help do the parents of the girl have?

In North Carolina, the age of consent is 16 years. Once the teenager has given birth to the child and paternity is established, the father of the new born may have to pay for child support as per the court’s order. He may also be ordered to pay for some of the medical expenses.

In case the teenager gets an abortion done, she may not get any compensation. The parents still have the right to keep their 16 year old with them and the man may be obliged to support only the baby and not the 16 year old.

Q. If a 13 year old girl and a 15 year old boy have sex, is it considered illegal in Pennsylvania?

In the Pennsylvania statues, according to Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), individuals between the ages of 13 and 16 may legally have sexual intercourse with persons between the ages of 13 and 17, and vice versa. To be illegal with consent, the “complainant” must be at least 13 years old and the “actor” must not be more than 4 years older than the complainant.

Indecent assault and other charges that deal with improper contact with a minor can be brought against the offender if the child is less than 13 years.

Q. Is it legal for a 25 year old to have a sexual relationship with a 17 year old in Rhode Island since the age of consent there is 16 years of age?

A sexual relation between a 25 year old man and a 17 year old girl is considered legal in Rhode Island because the age of consent is 16 years. But if the girl changes her mind about having sexual intercourse with the man, she may charge him with raping a minor.

Q. What legal recourse do parents whose 13 year old daughter is dating a 20 year old have in Montana?

The age of consent for sexual activity is 16 years in Montana. A child younger than that cannot consent to sex unless he or she is married to the person who they have sex with. However, that does not stop the younger child from dating the adult, as long as they do not have any sexual relations. So in order to prove that the 20 year old man is going against the law, one would need to prove that he was having a sexual relation with the 13 year old. If this is proven, the man could get arrested and charged with rape. However if it is not proved that intercourse actually occurred, the guilty could be charged with sexual abuse of a child.

There are cases where the accused reasonably believed that the minor was at least 16 years old. There is a law creating a defense to statutory rape in such situations. But, that defense cannot be used if the victim is less than 14 years old or if there is evidence that the accused knew that the child was less than 16 years of age.

Q. While the age of consent is 16 years in Rhode Island, the “law is repealed” for homosexuals. What does that mean?

The law is repealed for homosexuals means it has been invalidated. Despite the fact that the age of consent in Rhode Island is 16 years, the law applicable for homosexual relationships have been cancelled.

Legal Age 101: When Is It Going To Be Legal?

Legal age is an age at which a person becomes entitled under the law to engage in a particular activity or becomes responsible for a particular act.

Those acts and activities include getting married, getting a license, voting and basically anything that will make you accountable for your actions. Government sets a legal minimum age for all these.

So before you head out to town for the supposedly biggest party of the season (which will probably include one or all of the following events: bringing your folks’ car and getting drunk like crazy and ending up in Vegas with some random person you’re about to marry) check out the legal ages for all your needs so you don’t end up in juvenile court or jail for that matter.

Here’s a list of the most fundamental legal ages.

Legal Age of Candidacy

It is the legal minimum age at which a person can legally qualify to hold certain elected government offices. In many cases, it also determines the age at which a person may be granted ballot access for an election.

Legal Age of Cconsent

According to the law, when a person reaches the age of consent, persons are bound by their words and acts. There are different ages at which one acquires legal capacity to consent to marriage, to choose a guardian, to conclude a contract, and the like.

For marriage, the age may be higher for males than for females if the jurisdiction does not guarantee equal rights to men and women. Age of consent also means the age below which consent of the female to sexual intercourse is not a defense to a charge of rape.

Under common law this age was 10; state statutes in the United States generally set it between 13 and 18. Basically, legal age of consent is when you become solely responsible for your own actions. It’s about taking accountability.

Legal Age of Majority

In law, the age of majority is the age at which one acquires the full legal rights of an adult. This commonly includes things such as the right to vote and the ability to make contracts.

Legal Drinking Age

Many nations have a legal drinking age, or the minimum age one must be to drink alcohol. In most countries this is 16 or 18; in the US it is 21. Some countries distinguish between drinks with fairly low alcohol-content (such as beer and wine) and stronger spirit-based drinks.

Legal Marriageable Age

It is the age wherein an individual may decide on his or her own to marry or not. It’s different for most countries and the youngest so far is 16 with parental consent.

Legal Minimum Driving Age

Minimum driving age refers to the legal age after which a person can obtain a license to operate a motor vehicle. The minimum driving age varies between jurisdictions but is generally between the ages of 14 and 18.

Legal Voting Age

The voting age is the minimum legal age at which a person may vote in a governmental election. That means carrying out the right to suffrage.

Legal Age of Consent Facts

To protect innocent youth, different countries around the world have different laws regarding the legal age of consent. This may be for sex or for marriage, among other things. In the United States, states impose various legal ages of consent according to their laws. The penalties for violating age of consent laws can be quite severe in all states, however.

While states are responsible for their own legal ages of consent, the U.S. government does have several laws regarding the treatment of minors. For example, the transport of minors for sexual acts across state or national boundaries is illegal, and it is punishable by national law.

Although many people think of age 18 as “legal,” states are allowed to set their ages of consent between 16-18 years of age. States including Alabama, Michigan, Nevada, and New Jersey have 16 as their legal age. States like Colorado, Louisiana, and Texas set their age at 17, and Arizona, Delaware, and Tennessee contend that a person must be 18 to consent.

After setting the legal age of content, states have the option of creating different levels of sexual crimes. For example, Alabama divides sex with a person below the legal age of consent into:

Second degree sexual abuse if a person at least 19 years of age has sexual contact with someone between 12 and 16
Second degree rape if a person of at least 16 years of age has sex with someone between the ages of 12 and 16, but the perpetrator is at least 2 years older than the minor
Second degree sodomy if a person that is at least 16 years old participates in this type of sexual intercourse with someone between 12 and 16

For marriage, states can also set laws so that people under the marriage age of consent must have their parents’ permission to wed. Most states require potential spouses to be at least 18, but some have higher age minimums.