My first tattoo


I'm not yet of age to get a tattoo and I'd like to know of a place that will allow me to get one without parent permission or an ID. (Toronto/Oakville/Burlington)
I have friends who are of the age to get inked, could I use them as my guardian as a sibling or something?
Jan 20, 2009 @ 11:18 pm

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Ali de Bold


In general if a place is willing to do something illegally for you that you would otherwise need ID for and you are underage, you do NOT want to go there. This means they are not interested in protecting you or your best interests.

Friend acting as a guardian will probably not work either. #1, they'll probably know you're fibbing. #2, it's fraud.

I didn't know you needed parent permission for a tat but I guess it makes sense.

Tattoos can look great, just make sure it's something you really want for years to come because they are not that easy to get rid of.
Jan 21, 2009 @ 12:51 am

^ what she said

A tattoo should be done by a reputable shop with a qualified tech. If they are willing to cut corners just to get business, this is NOT a place you want to get your tattoo. Particularly because it's a permanent thing, you'll want a quality job right? Don't take chances - for the sake of your health AND for the sake of the final product. Not worth it!
Jan 21, 2009 @ 09:36 am

I third that!

Only get a tattoo from a qualified reputable person and those people will likely require ID. You don't want to get stuck with some mediocre tattoo for the rest of your life right! Besides they certify places for a and health!
Jan 21, 2009 @ 11:05 am

Place I recommend

Though some argue it's a little over-priced; ideally you should tip them as well).
But this is a good one.
Jan 21, 2009 @ 10:27 pm


You still need parental permission. They WILL ID you here! Either that... or think about it real carefully.... and get it when you're legal.
Jan 21, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

health and safety should be your atmost concern

I agree with what everyone has said so far.

But I can't stress enough how important it is that you do your research before you pick a place. Remember, you will bleed; therefore, there is always the possibility of contracting diseases from tattoo instruments if the place you go is not sanitary (including AIDS, Hep, etc.).

Go online and research the risks and consequences before you go. Find a reputable place to get this done. If you are not of age and you can't get one without your parents' permission, then wait a few more years to get this done. It's worth the wait. It's not worth getting a live-long illness over this.

Not to mention a tattoo is permanent. If the artist does a crappy job, you are stuck with it forever.
Jan 22, 2009 @ 06:44 am

bad ink stinks

please, please, please wait until you are of age to get a tattoo.
that sounds lame, im sure. I also wanted tattoos at a very young age. Not waiting means going with an unreputable artist, because any good artist would wait until their customer was of age. A few of the mishaps ive encountered include:

A classmate later finding out he got hep. c from the artist/needle not being clean(being the worst)

Me getting an infection in a tattoo because there was drywall in the air of the unclean shop. It was nothing a little bactracin couldnt fix, but i still have a scar in the pixies hair, it looks like she is balding and its impossible to get the scar inked over. Luckily, it is less noticeable now due to the excessive amount of ink on my legs.

My best friend getting a word on her forearm. The gun broke and the guy bolted. She ended up with a squiggly line abour four inches long that looked like Heiroglyphics.

My boyfriend at 16, getting my name under the nape of his neck. Now that were in our 20's, the outline has faded, and it looks like it says *jim* (my name is *jen*)

It is well worth the wait, doll. By the time you're of age, you'll have all sorts of different ideas about what you want. In the meantime, look through some of the local tattoo artist's portfolios. Find one with a style you really like, and figure out what/where you want it! It should be a meaningful experience, only go for the best.

Jan 25, 2009 @ 02:14 am

My personal experience....

I decided on a tattoo when I was 18. I designed it myself, which made it an original, and I still love it to this day. Thing is, I never got it when I was 18. I waited a full 2 years before I decided to get the tattoo done. I wanted to make sure that I actually liked what I had designed and made sure I knew where I wanted it placed, how I wanted it to look, and researched tons of tattoo artists. These girls are right - you want someone who is not only good, but PASSIONATE about being a tattoo artist. They truly are artists - and somebody who will just ink something on you, no matter what, is not a professional.

I know you're probably antsy, but you wont regret waiting. Make it a goal rather than something you feel entitled to. Even if it's something small - don't do it. If it means anything, my smallest tattoo is the only one I no longer like.

Jan 27, 2009 @ 11:16 am

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