Tattooing as a minor: can I get a tattoo if I am under 18 years of age?

Getting a tattoo as a minor

If we look back, we realize that the childhood that previous generations had with respect to that experienced by today's youth has nothing to do with it. It is often said that nowadays you are more mature at a younger age (a statement that would give for a debate and with which I do not agree, although this is not the time or the place to debate it). In Spain, the age of majority is 18. A very important change that occurs "from one day to the next." We go to bed when we are 17 years old and the next day we are already "adults" with permission to buy alcohol, tobacco and access sites forbidden to "children."

Coming of age is not really reached by blowing out the 18 candles on a birthday cake. It is something much deeper that varies from person to person. Now, leaving aside these lines that, in part, have served me as an outlet, I wanted to share with all of you the question that heads this article. Can I get a tattoo if I am under 18 years old? Tattooing being a minor is something that is the order of the day.

Getting a tattoo as a minor

Many adolescents who with 17 years already have some type of tattoo. But Is it legal to tattoo a minor in Spain? If we look at the current legislation, we see that it is possible to get a tattoo while underage. Of course, if we are less than 18 years old we must go to the study of tattoos and with a authorization signed by our father, mother or legal guardian. Otherwise, and if it is detected that a tattoo artist has made a tattoo to a minor without the consent of his parents or legal guardian, he will be sanctioned with fines of a significant financial amount.

By the way, in this article I wanted to put aside the ethical debate on whether a person under 18 has sufficient criteria to get a tattoo. Personally, my first experience with the world of ink was when I was 23 years old. At the time I write these lines, at 27 years old, I already have my left arm fully tattooed and my right "in process." And the truth is, I do not regret having started "late" in the art of tattooing. I believe that the more adult you are, the better decisions we will make. And I think that it is not necessary to remember that a tattoo is for life, so we must make a very important decision when it comes to getting a tattoo.


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