You are very much encouraged to get a tattoo when you are younger (e.g., 18). You can think of this as a sort of ‘foolproof’ technique for those wishing to get a tattoo. If you are going to have a tattoo (which may or may not be permanent) it would be best to get it done before you enter your teen years. If you are going to continue with your lifestyle as a tattoo artist (which may or may not be permanent) you may want to get a tattoo in the next two to three years to make sure that your body is ready for it.
As for the law about tattoos, a tattoo is prohibited in any of the following areas:
On your body at any age.
On your face, body or body parts at any age, including: brow, chin, neck, upper lip and nipple.
In a public space.
On your face or body (e.g., a subway car, a bus or a taxi).
In your vehicle if you have alcohol in it.
If you have any visible tattoos or body markings that are offensive to any community, state, city, country or other entity.
If you have any other body markings or piercings that are offensive to anyone.
Is it really legal for an 18 year old to have a tattoo?
The tattoo law in the United States has a rather stringent definition at present. It reads:
“A tattoo constitutes a false statement of fact if it is accompanied by any other statement which is false, either express or implied.” (See, e.g., F.A.M.E. v. T.M.O.S.F.A.G.V.A.L.F.)
The reason for all the fuss about tattooed kids is that tattooed teens are going against this definition. So if this is the rule, it must be obeyed by all tattooed 18 year old people. Otherwise, how is anything tattooed going to count? This is a major red flag because tattoos are not really a statement of fact, but rather a statement of impression or sentiment. That’s why people get tattoos, to change themselves or others, and they have to be done in a particular way for a given reason. So, unless those teens are going to start an organization to stop all tattoos, they will continue to be tattooed unless they are very careful and do a careful job.