A mother in North Carolina was arrested last month for giving her 11 year old daughter a tattoo.
Odessa Clay, the 30 year old mother of the minor, claims her daughter asked for the tattoo herself. Clay, who is a part time tattoo artist, claims she taught it was okay for minors to get tattoos as long as they had parental consent.
The tattoo is said to be a small heart on the girl’s right shoulder. The mother claims the girl was not in pain, adding “I didn’t fill it in”.
Clay is due to appear in court next month facing a single count for tattooing a person under the age of 18. If convicted, she would be guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor, and face up to 30 days in jail, depending on her criminal history.
Although some states do allow minors to get tattooed with parental consent, North Carolina is not one of them. Including North Carolina, there are 45 states that prohibit minors from getting tattoos at all, consent or not. The reasoning behind this is that minors are not mature enough yet to make such drastic life-altering decisions on their own.
You would think a part-time tattoo artist would be well informed of their state law pertaining to their field.
It’s funny how much we change from our teenage years to adult hood. I used to love wearing corduroys and tie dye tees, and dying chunks of my hair different colors. I am definitely glad those styles and choices were not permanent! Let’s hope this 11 year old doesn’t have any regrets on her new permanent tattoo in a few years.
Would you let your child get a tattoo, or feel comfortable with them being surrounded by a society that allows other kids to get one? Share your thoughts with me!