Children these days are growing faster than ever. Mobile phones are among the most popular accessories for ten-year-olds. But currently, cell phones aren’t the accessory that’s stressing more and more parents, while tattoos are. Tattoos are being found on more and more teenagers. Why the obsession with tattoos at such a young age? From Mattel’s, Totally Stylin ‘Tattoo Barbie, which can affect kids up to age 5, to brand new temporary tattoos, to the most popular teen celebrities flaunting their new ink to our young generation, tattoos are seen everywhere and across all ranges. age of the children. One state even initiated a new law on July 1, 2010 due to the number of teens going to tattoo parlors to get inked.
In 2009, Mattel launched a new Totally Stylin ‘Barbie Tattoo. The doll came with temporary tattoos for both the doll and the baby. It also included a tattoo gun where the tattoos were to be applied. Many parents were outraged, but others saw the new doll as a sign of the times. Mattel has kept the Barbie on the shelf due to the number of sales. Mattel believes Tattoo Barbie gives girls a chance to express themselves. Many parents like the idea of their children expressing themselves, but believe it can be in a different form than tattoos, especially the heart tattoo that bears Ken’s name. Tattoos of significant others are the most regretted tattoo later in life. The discussion continues as to whether these dolls influence children to get tattoos.
Another big influence on teens and tattoos is the amount of teen celebrities who wear their ink. Just last year, at the Teen Choice Awards, which as the name suggests, have a mostly 11-17 year old audience, a Jonas Brother, a heartthrob among girls, was tattooed on stage by none other than famed tattoo artist Kat. Von D. It was not revealed to viewers at the show or at home that the tattoo was not real. Many parents were outraged again.
While Jonas Brother’s tattoo wasn’t real, many teen celebrities have real tattoos. But not only do they have tattoos, they love to show them off. Of course, the media love to show and highlight celebrity tattoos as well. Justin Bieber, just 16, already has his first tattoo. His family was fully in favor of getting a tattoo at such a young age. They actually went on to explain that the bird tattoo Justin got was a family tradition. The other family members with the bird tattoo inked them on their wrists while Justin opted for the lower stomach. Miley Cyrus, 17, already has at least two tattoos. Miley’s family was also completely supportive of her decision to get tattooed before she turned eighteen. Miley was actually with her dad getting a tattoo when she decided to get “love” tattooed on her ear.
Teenage tattooing is such a big problem that some states have decided to ban tattooing for minors under any circumstances. Many states allow teens to get tattooed with parental consent. However, in Minnesota, as of July 1, 2010, teens will no longer be able to get a tattoo even with parental permission. Minnesota believes this new law will prevent those teenagers who feel the need to express themselves through a tattoo without thinking about the later life consequences the tattoo might have. Minnesota doesn’t shy away from tattoos, but the state believes a person should be an adult when making the decision to get a tattoo.
Whether it’s the influence of a doll, a teenage celebrity, or another factor, tattoos are on the rise among today’s teens. Many teens believe that a tattoo expresses who they are, but they often tattoo themselves without thinking about the consequences for a lifetime. Many teens see getting a tattoo as a step in growth. States like Minnesota agree that tattooing is a decision an adult must make, hence passing a law that states this. Teens are so easily influenced by their peers and celebrities and the number of teens with tattoos continues to increase.
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