Like all nightmares of worried parents, my teenage son wanted to get a tattoo for his birthday. I thought that he had lost his head and that he had soon had a big fight with him. Why could not he be like all the other kids and ask for a video game console instead?
After a heated exchange of words, followed by a period of recovery with a lot of contemplation, I slowly saw the error of my manners. All my son wanted was a tiny tattoo for a birthday present. It is not yet the end of the world.
In Canada, there is no age regulation for tattooing, although most salons require parental consent for anyone under the age of eighteen. I was grateful that my son respected me enough to ask permission first. I would rather talk to him than get tattooed, rather than go to an untrustable tattoo parlor behind my back. If my son wanted to be tattooed, it is my responsibility, as a parent, to support him fully in any way.
My first concern is the quality of tattoo supplies. I've heard a lot of horror stories about skin infection using unsterilized needles and equipment. To avoid that, I did hours of searching online until I came up with a very reputed tattoo parlor with good reviews and references.
Another concern is the design and visibility of the tattoo. My son is still young and a little naive, so he wanted the tattoo to be placed on one part of the body with as much exposure as possible. He did not take into consideration the fact that very few employers would appreciate shaving someone with a vibrant tattoo vibrating on the side of his neck. I definitely vetoed this suggestion, although I recommended placing it on the back of his shoulder – a common place for tattoos.
Since the tattoo gun was born in the late 1800s, body art has been made much easier. Previously, the traditional method was literally pounding ink into human skin, which is not only painful, but also before negligence and mistakes. New tattoo machines can avoid these problems. There will always be trouble getting a tattoo, but the amount is certainly more tolerable.
The tattoo machine works with two needles. The first is to draw the outline of the tattoo. This is usually drawn in black or any other color that the user desires. The second needle is used for the actual staining process, as for filling the colors in the outlines. The needles are designed so that the lower base is wider.
It took a lot of effort and work to give my son the tattoo that he wanted, but I also learned a lot from the tattooing experience. And believe it or not, I believe that getting the tattoo was an excellent parent-child bonding experience. I would definitely feel prepared now if my daughter also wants a tattoo …