Posts Tagged ‘Laser Removal’

14 year old Illegally Inked.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

So here I am at home watching the news, and they air a story of a kid who is 14 years old. Think about what I am about to write, there is many things wrong with this scenario


First the kid notices that the tattoo shop is doing tattoos for ten-dollars(Red Light). Most shops around here have a minimum pricing of forty-five to fifty-dollars. So here is where it gets interesting. Knowing he is not of the legal age to get a tattoo he went out and found a friend’s sister that was twenty-one to take him and get the tattoo done.  According to the article at Mlive and My Fox 2 Detroit the Tattoo shop agreed to let the boy get inked after the twenty-one year old said she was his sister and that the shop had her consent to give him the tattoo. Mind you Michigan law states that a minor must have writing consent from a parent or legal guardian. If the ten-dollar tattoos didn’t put this tattoo parlor under the radar, then not having proper consent sure should have. Read more it get interesting.

 Let’s look at both sides and see what went wrong here. Let’s start with the Kid himself and how things went wrong with the situation. Even when I was a kid a ten-dollar tattoo would have sounded strange to me so right away a red flag should have went off. Even if the fourteen year old didn’t catch this then the twenty-one year old female should have. Second of all the kid didn’t even check the spelling of his sister’s name before getting the tattoo. People please always use spell check. Make sure what you’re getting has the correct symbols or spelling before any needle touches the skin. Rookie mistake by a foolish kid and a great 20 or 21-year-old supposed guardian. Of course you also have the mother to factor in, why didn’t she know where her kid was and what he was up to. For punishment she took the kids Christmas toys away. I laugh at that, in my day my mom and dad would have sent me to my grandmother’s farm to work off the money it would take to get the tattoo removed. Grant it not all our families have relatives with a farm but you get what I am trying to say here.

 Now let’s go over what is wrong with the tattoo parlor. Normally I would side with the tattoo parlor but only if and that is if they follow the law. Something is defiantly shady if you’re getting a 10 dollar tattoo. One thing I think of right from the start is the needle. Most places make sure they cover the cost of the needle this assures they use a fresh one each time, or they make sure to clean and sterilize the equipment. Second no writing permission was giving by a parent or legal guardian. The 21-year-old female provided no proof she was his sister or that she had the right to give her consent.

 People this is a perfect example of why I say to not only pick the right tattoo but also pick the right tattoo artist. Anyone can throw down some ink but a good artist will create a work of art. A good parlor would never have a poor artist work for them and a good tattoo artist would never work for a low-budget shop. Most artist take their art serious and realize that their work is a representation of themselves. It also is what brings customers in and or back.

 I hope to do a follow-up to this story but for now send me your comments. Let me know who you think is at fault, who was in the wrong and what concerns you would have if this was your child!. I told my daughter if you ever want a tattoo you come talk to your dad first. We will make sure you get it done right. This is a growing problem among teens, and I think a little education is in order. They don’t understand the risk evolved in getting tattoos. It just isn’t that it’s on you for life it’s also that you can get hepatitis or even HIV from someone who don’t use the proper precautions.

 Both Articles and resources can be found at the following links.
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/12/illegally_inked_mom_files_repo.html

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/Mom_Says_Son,_14,_Was_Illegally_Inked

Also read http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11663932

Picking the right Tattoo Design and Tattoo Artist.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

            In no way am I a professional at this so take it as my opinion but I feel most will agree. Picking a tattoo should not be something taken lightly. It is after all going to be on your body for life. At least that is the idea behind getting a tattoo. A lot of people go into a tattoo parlor and look at getting a tattoo without any thought behind the process. This often is done by young, inexperienced people who have no idea what comes with getting a tattoo. I mean after all don’t you want a custom tattoo that is just for you, not one from a book that anyone could have?

            This brings me to this point; too many people will go into a tattoo parlor look at the boards, find something that looks cute or trendy and then make a bad decision. With no thought or meaning behind the tattoo. This is usually so they can go show it off to their friends or upset a parent. This leads to regret later in life and most of the time, tattoo removal. I choose my first tattoo this way but luckily mine did have a little meaning to it. It was pretty much a nick name I had in the Army that was given to me because I was small but scrappy. It was a tattoo of the small Henry Hawk on my right shoulder. That was the only thought, and if I could do it all over again I would have had a tattoo design with a little more thought. Removal of a tattoo is not at all as expensive or invasive as it use to be but it still is money spent, you would have been better off not getting one at all. At basic training there was a kid who wanted to show off his dragon tattoo. He was sadly disappointed when we all looked at it and laughed. We called it the crayola dragon because it had no shading or lines and looked like his younger brother drew it on him with a crayola crayon.

            This brings me to my second tattoo; this one had more meaning to it and was a little more thought out. The fist thing to do was find meaning behind why I was getting one. I ask myself, what is significant in my life? What will be constant no matter what happens? The answer was my daughter. The second thing was to go out and find an artist. Not just anyone will do. My friend who showed me some of his work in his tattoo gallery drew me a few tattoo ideas. You might have to provide information on what you want but you shouldn’t have to always show up with a photo or tattoo designs. That is the difference between a tattoo artist and a person who just gives tattoos. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you will have to provide a photo or design but it shouldn’t be a constant. That brings me to the last part of the puzzle. Look at the work of the artist, ask questions. Most good artist has the answers and photos available for you. If you really want to know how it’s done watch LA Ink. Most of the people who are coming in already have tattoos and are looking to get more. The person usually comes in with an Idea, Concept, photo, or drawing and the tattoo artist will develop the best tattoo from there.

            Remember getting a tattoo should be something you’re going to want for a long time. It should reflect you, some one you know or a very special event in your life. If no one else likes it but you then that is really all that matters. Last but not least there are several different Laser Removal surgeries’ you can have done. This ranges from Laser, Exision and Dermabrasion because we all make some mistakes.

            If you have any thing you would like to see covered in my blog, or know of any Artist you would like featured send me some information and I will see about getting something written up for you.