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Visit any British beach in the summer and you see plenty of “tatts” on show. For certain age-groups, having a tattoo is a rite of passage into adulthood. If your 18-old child (legal age) told you that they are visiting a tattoo artist, what should you say?


Good or bad

Tattoos are popular among young adults, with some surveys suggesting that nearly half of all Millennials have one. Getting a tattoo may not be a big deal for some parents, especially those who have their own tattoos. But for other parents, tattoos will be added to list of parenting dilemmas.

What to say?

Many parents won’t share the enthusiasm for permanent body art. What should a parent do?

  1. Hold a united parent front by making the decision together and avoid undermining each other.
  2. Choose the parent most liked by that child as they will listen to them.
  3. Avoid having a discussion an emotional time, as no young adult will be listening.
  4. Explain your reasons for being against a tattoo, being calm and clear.
  5. Acknowledge that the child will be upset, and you may need to have several more conversations.


Bosses may ask workers to cover tattoos. However, employers should have sound business reasons for doing this. Tattoos are part of the dress codes rules and must apply to men and women equally, although they may have different requirements.

If your 18-year old child is set on having a tattoo, then ensure they understand that the local authority keeps a record of all registered tattooists and issue registration certificates. This certificate must be on display, and most registered tattooists did an apprenticeship in an established tattoo studio to gain experience. If the tattooist is not displaying this certificate, the likelihood is they are not registered and it’s an illegal operation.

ChildMax continues to insure your salary and pays your take home salary while you’re on 12 months’ unpaid leave, caring for a sick child. It starts from £49.50 or for easy budgeting an initial payment of £8.25 followed by 11 monthly payments of £3.75.

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Date: 19 October 2020 by Max Robinson