This story made the rounds a few days ago as a Georgia mother was arrested for allowing her 10-year-old son to get a tattoo. Despite the kid’s seemingly-honorable request to ink his 12-year-old brother’s name on his forearm who died in a car accident 2 years prior, Georgia law from 2010 states: “It shall be unlawful for any person to tattoo the body of any person under the age of 18, except a physician or osteopath.”
The mother, Chuntera Napier asked, “How can somebody else say that it’s not okay? He’s my child, and I have the right to say what I want for my child. I can’t go tell anybody else what I want for their child.” Well, I guess the same can be said for beating your child – so there’s that.
I won’t go into the “where’s the dad?” in this story, but I will ask, “where’s the tattoo artist”? Why wasn’t he/she arrested? The artist is just as guilty as the mother in this case and should be found equally responsible in this criminal act. The shop should be shut down for investigation and the “artist” shouldn’t be allowed to work again, simple as that. Health and safety are a necessity for tattoo shops and those requirements are as important as the work they produce.
For those who take matters into their own hands, in April of 2011, a father (seemingly another Georgia native – wtf Georgia?) tattooed his 3-year-old son with the initials “DB” for “daddy’s boy” on the boy’s back shoulder.
Tattooing children should be common sense to people as one of those things you just – shouldn’t – do. If you were considering and are now rethinking your decision, we’re glad we could help. The More You Know, G.I. Jooooeeeeee or something.