The age of consent for tattoos is generally between the ages of 16 and 18, although this may vary from state to state. In Florida, you must be at least 16 years of age in order to receive a tattoo with parental permission and 18 years of age without.

In all 50 states, it’s illegal to tattoo a minor even with parental consent. The laws are in place to protect the children from regretful decisions made while under peer pressure.

No matter what the age of consent, clients should use their judgment when it comes to getting tattoos at a young age. A tattoo is a big commitment, both physically and mentally.

Many parents will not allow their children to get tattoos (even if they are above the legal age) because it’s an irreversible decision that could hinder the future of employment opportunities or even college acceptance.

Even when there is no law in place for tattooing minors, some parlors will not tattoo those under the age of 18.

If you’re interested in getting a tattoo but you’re too young to be able to do it legally, your best bet is to wait until you turn 18 and then return.