Kids are growing up faster than ever these days. Cell phones are one of the most popular accessories for kids as young as ten. But currently, the accessory that is stressing more and more parents is not cell phones, but tattoos. Tattoos are on the minds of more and more teenagers just like unique peacock tattoos are very popular among teenagers nowadays
Why the obsession with tattoos at such a young age? From Mattel’s Totally Stylin’ Tattoo Barbie, which can influence children as young as 5 years old, to the latest temporary tattoos, to the most popular celebrity teens showing off their new tattoos to our young generation, tattoos are seen everywhere and on all ages of children. One state even passed a new law as recently as July 1, 2010 because so many teens are going to tattoo parlors to get tattoos.
Introduction of styling tattoos:
In 2009, Mattel launched a new Totally Stylin’ Tattoo Barbie. The doll came with temporary tattoos for the doll and the child. It also included a tattoo gun to apply the tattoos. Many parents were outraged, but others saw the new doll as a sign of the times. Mattel kept the Barbie on the shelf because of the high sales. Mattel believes that the tattoo Barbie gives young girls the opportunity to express themselves. Many parents think it is good that their children can express themselves, but believe that this can be done in a form other than tattoos, especially the heart tattoo with Ken’s name. Tattoos of important people are the most regretted tattoos later in life. It is debatable whether these dolls make kids want to get tattoos.
Influence of teen ages:
Another big influence on teens and tattoos are the many celebrity teens who get tattoos. Just last year at the Teen Choice Awards, which, as the name suggests, are attended mostly by 11- to 17-year-olds, one Jonas Brother, a heartthrob of young girls, was tattooed on stage by none other than famed tattoo artist Kat Von D. In turn, many parents were outraged.
The Jonas Brother tattoo was not real
The Jonas Brother tattoo was not real, but many teen celebrities have real tattoos. But they don’t just have tattoos, they love to show them off. Of course, the media also loves to show and point out celebrity tattoos. Justin Bieber, who is only 16 years old, already has his first tattoo. His family fully approved of him getting a tattoo at such a young age. They even stated that the bird tattoo that Justin got was a family tradition. The other family members with the bird tattoo got the birds inked on their wrists, while Justin opted for the underside of his stomach. Miley Cyrus, 17, already has at least two tattoos. Miley’s family also fully supported her decision to get a tattoo before she turned eighteen. Miley was even dating her father, who was getting a tattoo when she decided to get “love” tattooed on her ear.
Tattooing in teenagers:
Teen tattooing is such a big problem that some states have decided to ban underage tattooing in all circumstances. In many states, teens are allowed to get tattoos with parental consent. In Minnesota, however, as of July 1, 2010, teens can no longer get tattoos, even with parental permission. Minnesota feels that this new law will prevent teens who feel the need to express themselves through a tattoo without thinking of the consequences that tattoo may have later in life. Minnesota has nothing against tattoos, but the state believes a person should be an adult when making the decision to get a tattoo.
The popularity of tattoos among teenagers:
Whether influenced by a doll, a celebrity teenager, or some other factor, tattoos are on the rise among today’s teens. Many teens believe that a tattoo expresses who they are, but they often get tattoos without thinking of the lifelong consequences. Many teens see a tattoo as a step toward growing up. States like Minnesota agree that getting a tattoo is a decision that an adult must make, and have passed legislation to that effect. Teens are so easily influenced by peers and celebrities, and the number of teens with tattoos continues to grow.