Legal status of tattooing in the United States

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In the United States, there is no federal law stating a required age to be tattooed. When a person reaches the age of 18 in the U.S., they are legally considered an adult. Many states require that the person being tattooed is an adult over 18, but some states do allow people under that age to be tattooed with parental consent.

Individual tattooists may choose to set age restrictions for their business as a precaution against lawsuits. Most such tattooists will allow a parent or guardian to give written or oral consent in person. The artist may also choose to place addition restrictions, such as refusing any clients under a specific age even with parental consent, or limiting the type and/or location of where they are willing to tattoo a minor (such as refusing any work around intimate parts of the body).

Alabama[change | edit source]

Minors must have parental permission

Alaska[change | edit source]

Must be 18

Arizona[change | edit source]

If a minor, guardian has to be present.

Arkansas[change | edit source]

Minor must have parental consent.

California[change | edit source]

Must be 18.

Colorado[change | edit source]

No minimum age. However, each tattoo artist may refuse service.

Connecticut[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

Delaware[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

Florida[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

Georgia[change | edit source]

Must be 18.

Hawaii[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

Idaho[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

Illinois[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

Indiana[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent & the parent must be present.

Iowa[change | edit source]

Must be 18.

Kansas[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent and the parent must attend.

Kentucky[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

Louisiana[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

Maine[change | edit source]

Must be 18 with an ID.

Maryland[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

New Hampshire[change | edit source]

Must be 18.

New Jersey[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

New York[change | edit source]

Must be 18.

North Carolina[change | edit source]

Must be 18.

North Dakota[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

Ohio[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

Oklahoma[change | edit source]

Must be 18.

Pennsylvania[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

Rhode Island[change | edit source]

Must be 18.

Tennessee[change | edit source]

Must be 18.

Texas[change | edit source]

Must be 18.

Vermont[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent consent.

Virginia[change | edit source]

Minors must have parent present.

Washington[change | edit source]

Must be 18.

Wisconsin[change | edit source]

Must be 18.

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