Age of Reason: Piercing and Tattoo Laws and Age Limits


*Look at the 2015 Update to the Laws in your statehttp://blog.bodycandy.com/2015/05/27/age-of-reason-piercing-and-tattoo-laws-and-age-limits-2015-update/

Because there’s no specific federal laws and regulations concerning age limitation for body modifications in the United States, each state sets their own standard, and the differences vary widely.  So how do you know how old you have to be in your state?  Well, here’s a little helping hand:

Getting Piercings and Tattoos

In the states of Alaska, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Oregon, there are no laws concerning age limits for body piercing or tattooing.  In these states, individual professionals in either of these arts will often set their own standards, and depending on exactly where you live, there might be local regulations for certain specific modification types.  Even though it’s legal to get pierced in these places under the age of sixteen, piercers will often require parental presence or consent in those situations, and for some services a valid ID will be required.

Photo ID and Parental Consent

In Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, there are no age limits for piercing, but tattooing of a minor requires parental consent in either verbal or written form.

The following states require written consent from a parent or guardian for any body piercing or tattooing of someone under 18: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont.  In some of these places, like Florida and Kentucky, the written consent form must be notarized.

And in these states, a parent must actually be present for either service, and sometimes also provide a signature or written consent: Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming.

The states of California, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Washington, deem it illegal for those under 18 to get a tattoo, period, but piercings are allowed with the presence or consent of a parent.

Most of the remaining states have very specific regulations.  For example, for residents of Idaho, it’s illegal to get pierced, branded, or tattooed under the age of 14, and between fourteen and eighteen you need a parent’s permission.  And in the state of Mississippi, any modification except ear lobe piercings is illegal to perform on someone under 18 at all.  Also, in both Georgia and Illinois, only medically licensed professionals can tattoo minors, and both piercing and tattooing require parental permission.

Parental Permissions for Piercing

In other countries, like those in the UK, legal age is 16 rather than 18 like in the US, and piercing regulations are often set up by local governments.  Intimate piercings are illegal under the age of 16, but for other piercings there are no strict age limits, and the most common municipal regulations include simply the presence or consent of a parent.

Piercing Laws in the UK

*Look at the 2015 Update to the Laws in your statehttp://blog.bodycandy.com/2015/05/27/age-of-reason-piercing-and-tattoo-laws-and-age-limits-2015-update/


  1. Dipti Desai says:

    Body Piercing is very dangerous and risky task i think. i am against of all these things, but i like the laws. thank you for sharing this post.

    • Tre Grant says:

      I want to know how old do you have to be to get a tattoo in Missouri with parent consent because my big brother just died and I wanted to get a cross on my back with his name in the middle? Also forgot got to mention I am 12 years old going on the age of 13 May 20th.

      • Tara says:

        Hi Tre,
        I’m sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. According to Missouri state law chapter 324, section 324.520.1: there is no minimum age requirement and you will need the prior written informed consent of your parent or legal guardian. Your parent or legal guardian will have to write the notice of informed consent in front of person performing the tattoo.

      • james says:

        hey Tre, speaking from experience, i would urge you to wait. i understand the desire to honor your brother is strong, especially if he recently passed, but your body is going to change in so many ways that any art you get now will more than likely end up stretched, warped, disfigured and just all around bad.

      • Kayla Hodges says:

        No unless you get it in one of the states that doesn’t have specific age requirements

      • dat girl says:

        Sorry, you are way too young to get a tattoo even if its for a good cause, you have to be 18 or older. Now I understand you want to grow up fast and be able to get a tattoo. I’m same age and I snakebites and tragus piercings but my parents said that I’m too young. Anyways I hope this was helpful. And I’m very sorry for you loss.

        • marii says:

          Im 17 with 4 tattoos and 6 piercings.. i got my first tattoo at 14 and my belly pierced at 13 i did my 2nd lobe holes and my nose myself oh and my belly top and bottom but i let the bottom close.. if your parents dont mind no one else has room to tell you when your too young its your body you shoukd be able to express yourself and your emotions how ever you feel.. and i’m getting 4more tats before my 18th birthday because tattoos help me remember part of my life that hurt me or made me hella happy.. getting a tattoo isnt the end of the world its not permanent nothing really is so you should do what you feel is right.. its doesn’t make you anyless smart i make straight a’s and i have more tatts and piercings than anyone.in my whole school.. as long as it doesnt mess up your future and you can cover it when needed its fine

          • Amanda says:

            I’m 35 and I so strongly agree with Marii you should do you and express yourself and create your life how you wish if your parents are ok with it that’s all that matters. However I also agree with the body stretching as well but I have never had a problem with mine stretching but some people do depending on their body types. However honoring your brother is a memory in your life you’ll never want to forget and will be one tattoo that you will never regret having. Us as adults get simple unnecessary tats and as we grow we regret getting them. So for your first tat and it being one you will never regret I say go for it and as you grow you can add to it and say like a anniversary thing each year add something to it in memory of him and make it better and better each and every year and if you grow out of it it will always get bigger as you add. Hope this was good advice for you.

          • Kirah says:


            I’m 12 turning 13 in a few days I was wondering how old do you have to be to get your lip pierced? My no said it was OK if it was legal. Plz answer!

    • Harlee R*** says:

      Um Hi my name is harlee I’m 12 yrs old and I wanted to get my nose pierced on my 13th birthday but I wanted to know the legal age in Las Vegas Nevada and if it hurts that bad like on a scale of 1 to 10 I really want to get my nose pierced plz reply anyone thanks in advance

      • Jodie says:

        Hi Harlee,

        There are no state laws in Nevada regulating piercings, however, each shop will have its own guidelines. Our best advice would be to call 🙂

        • Harlee R*** says:

          Thanks Jodie BTW what are you thoughts on pierceings?? I don’t want everyone looking at me different but at the same time who cares…

          • Jodie says:

            I LOVE piercings! I think they’re a great way to express yourself, but I do think that it’s important to be responsible in your decisions to have them done. I waited until I was 18 for any body piercings I’ve had done and I’m glad that I did. As long as they make you happy, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of them.

      • Aunya says:

        Hi harlee I’m 11 turning 12 Nov.22 and I got my nose priced by my mom when I I was 10 and nobody said anything and ur allowed at any age with parental permission and 1-10 how bad it hurts about 9 my sis cried but I’m strong lol

      • Hidontneedtoknowmyname says:

        Hi I was wondering where in Fresno or Clovis California I could get a nose piercing at age 12. I just turned 12 in June and this was going to be my gift from my mom but we needed to find a place to do it and we haven’t had any luck. My mom would be present during the piercing though.

        • Jodie says:

          Hey there! You’ll have to check with the shops in your area – California law just requires that your mom be present, so you’ve got that part covered, but they may have a minimum age requirement.

      • Emily says:

        I just want to say that I got my nose pierced at age 14 and i loved it. I did not feel it at all, besides my eye watered because it was near it which they warned me about. Only thing I would say is make sure whoever does it is good. After mine healed I took it out to change it and the way he pierced it was so bad that i basically made a new hole by putting another in. When I went up there they said I did nothing wrong. Just make sure whoever does it is good and keep it clean!! Good Luck with it.

    • Harlee R*** says:

      How much does it hurt to get your lip pierced

    • Kailey says:

      How old do you have to be to get a lip piercing

      • Jodie says:

        It depends on where you live, Kailey. Most states you’ll need to be at least 16 and your parents will have to give their written permission. The best way to find out is to call a local shop and ask them what their minimum age limit is for body piercing.

    • barry says:

      then why are you even on this website… like leave

    • Emo queen says:

      YOU MUST BE OLD FOR REAL!!!!!!are you against emo/scenes cause some of us find this a way to express our selves next to music when words fail? I personally love tattoos and piercings and find it interesting when what one little thing can make such a big difference. Their not killing us now are they? Nope so actually the age limits should be lowered.

    • Kaelynshibley says:

      Hi I am 12 and I live in Washington and I want to get my nosed pierced but don’t know if my mom will be present I live in Vancouver so it’s literally a 5 minute drive to Oregon is it legal to get it done there even though I’m not a resident

  2. juliee says:

    I’m 15 in two months and I want a nose stud . I’m scared but I want to try something new (:

    • erika says:

      it doesnt hurt that bad. i actually pierced my own nose and its fine 🙂 ive had it about 7 months. im 13 and it doesnt hurt. cartilage hurts alot more. i have 3 ear lobe, 1 cartilage and my nose pierced. 🙂 hopes this helps

      • kaytelin says:

        How did you pierce it..? And how did your parents feel about it.?

        • Emma says:

          Uhm, you take a needle. Sterilize it. And stick it through.

          • Anna says:

            LOLOLOL, you shouldn’t do it on you’re own unless you actually know what you doing! Because if you’re stupid and careless it’s gonna get infected

          • Hannah Lynn says:

            You can also cause serious problems if you pierce it yourself.. like lose your smell or paralyzed im pretty sure… so wouldn’t recomend it.

          • erin says:

            um I pierced my own and I’m not stupid nor did get infected. I cleaned it regularly and ive had it for two years soo yeah!!!

      • Anthony Edmonds says:

        Is there a certain age that u got to be to pierce ur own eyebrow yourself

        • Stephany says:

          If you pierce it yourself there is no age

        • Kayla says:

          I have my eyebrow pierced and I honestly don’t think you should do it on your own. If you’re allowed to get non intimate piercings in your state with parents permission under age, then try to get it done by a professional

      • Alicia says:

        Did you seriously say “cartilage” hurts more?
        I’m not sure if you know this but your nose is cartilage.

        • Lana says:

          Ha ha so true… Duh, nose is cartilage…. Think before you type.

        • Mckenzie says:

          I think she was referring to getting the cartilage done (in her ear) hurting more than the cartilage in her nose. Because you don’t refer getting your nose pierced as ” getting cartilage done” as you would with your ear. Point made, and hopefully taken.

        • chris says:

          they said cartilage hurts more referring to ear cartilage, and the “nose” piercing refers to the nostril which is skin the septum would be the one referring to going through cartilage.

          • Lorna says:

            Actually, the nostrils are composed of cartilage, and septum piercings do not go through cartilage. They only go through the flesh below the septum cartilage, the area where most of us have a slight nubby protrusion, called the “sweet spot.” 🙂

        • Zoe Sorrels says:

          My nose is pierced and it honestly didn’t even hurt that much.. Haha

        • Sami L. says:

          True lol and cartilage piercings actually don’t hurt more at least in my own experience and opinion.

        • Hailey says:

          Hi I’m 11 and I live in Indiana I was wondering if I could get a industrial pirceing and I don’t know I’d if I’m too young I’m getting g it on March 19th my twelf birthday so?

          • Jodie says:

            Hi Hailey,

            You’ll have to contact a piercing shop and ask them what the legal age they’ll do those piercings at is. You’ll definitely need your parent’s permission to do it if they’ll allow it.

        • Michael says:

          Unless she/he was talking about the nostril which is thick skin and not catilage. Plus there is the spot under the cartilage which is skin also.

      • Skye Thomas says:

        Does it really hurt on your cartilage?

        • Valarie says:

          I am fourteen and I have my nose pierced, my cartilage on both sides of my ears, and six other ear piercings. The top of your ears are made out of cartilage, but so is your nose. I think that it hurts a little more for the ears, only because when you sleep on it there is pressure, and I don’t tend to sleep on my nose. Even though it does hurt, if you don’t sleep on your cartilage then it doesn’t hurt to get it pierced. It’s just a slight pinch at first when the piercing goes through. Although it’s the same at a normal ear piercing, I can say that it took a little bit longer for my cartilage to heal. The amount of pain you feel also depends on your tolerance of pain. But it’s honestly a lot less painful then a lot of people make it out to be. you just have to keep in mind to try to get it on a side you don’t sleep on, or if you sleep on either side, then try to keep a soft pillow around your ear! Hope this helped!!

          • natalia says:

            Ok that helped a lot bc i want an industrial piercing but every one says it hurts. But i might have to wait a few more years lol

        • Nodia says:

          No not really just when you lay on it for a week or two and clean it atleast twice a day

      • Azrael says:

        Erika, your nose is cartilage. That was incredibly irresponsible of you. I’m 17, and i’m waiting until I’m 18 to get body piercings. You know why? Because when you do a piercing or a tattoo you are practically performing plastic surgery. you could have seriously scarred up your face if you had messed up. Theres a reason why you’re required to be certified to perform these tasks on other people. What you did was incredibly stupid and i highly suggest you stop persuading people, as you have.

      • dat girl says:

        You’re parents let you? I have been trying to get snakebites but every time i try to do it, I freak out and I can’t. How did you convince your parents to let you have them done (or do it yourself)?

      • Trap queen says:

        Actually I have my cartilage done it did not hurt at all! Im 12 and going on 13 tho!!

    • Megan says:

      Haha I pierced my nose myself with a piercing earing in 9th grade.. I got lucky and haven’t gotten infected however this is very dangerous. And my dad still picks on me but they like it despite me going behind their backs.. Oops lol. But seriously get it done professionally.. I did my belly button the same year By myself (stupid choice) and It got ripped out and extremely infected.. I ended up in the E.R. Also I agree with @erika the only part that hurt was the very inside when it was just about to pop through due to cartilage. But I love my nose ring and wouldn’t change it (it’s been 2 years) hope this helps a little 🙂

    • lena says:

      the higher it is on your nose, the higher it hurts, though im not saying that it really hurts cause for the most part it doesn’t

    • cookie says:

      Just go for it. I mean only if you really want to. Then go for it. i’m getting snake bites at the age of 13 and how bad could it be? Its your choice. Like i am choosing to get snake bites at the age of 13 🙂 Good luck

  3. kylie says:

    can you tell me where in new jersey people at the age 13 can get a belly button piercing?

    • jordan says:

      you have to be 16 to get a piercing in new jersey.

      • dat girl says:

        No you don’t Jordan. Kylie, there is no age requirement for that, but it is said to have an adult(s) with you otherwise forget about it. And they have to show them their ID’s.

  4. maddie leeker says:

    does anybody know how old you have to get your belly button pierced with your mom or dad?? i wanna get mine done and im 13… but i can’t find a place that will do it…does anyone know of a place that will give you a belly button piercing at the age of 13 with an adult in the state of Missouri???

    • Michelle says:

      Depends what state you live in

    • Emily says:

      No sorry… Lol but I’m 11 and I have mine done

    • persephone says:

      my parents were gonna get my belly button pierced for my 13th birthday (it’s soon 🙂 but my dad talked my mom into just a nose piercing, but i’m going to get it done by a family friend so i don’t have to worry about stores not giving me my piercing so it helps if you know someone that does piercings.

    • lindsey says:

      I live in Missouri too. im 12 about to turn 13 in September. my mom said I could get mine done for my birthday. I did some research..i would recommend you going to Kansas. there is a tattoo parlor in overland park that requires nothing but a parent or guardian present.

    • Ariana says:

      All you have to have is a written consent from a parent if you are under the age of 18 in the state if Missouri for any piercing or tattooing!! Hope this helps!!

  5. Nina says:

    Im 13 Yrs. Old and My Parents Said I Can Get 1 Tattoo If i Really Want Too . I Just Wanted Too Know Is It Legall For ME To Get One In The State Of illinois ???

    • Lorna says:

      Although according to most sources it’s not technically illegal, only licensed medical professionals can tattoo anyone under 18 in your state, and since the law is so strict, you’re not likely to find anyone who will tattoo you at 13 regardless of permissions.

    • Marie says:

      You really shouldn’t get a tattoo at the age of 13. I’m 16, and I have one that I got about a month ago, and I already regret it. I’m not saying you will regret it, but you really shouldn’t get something permanent on your body at such a young age. Especially when you’re not very mature, and you can’t even spell correctly.

      • Kayla says:

        Honestly if you get a tattoo that actually means something to you and isn’t just for looks then you wont regret it.

      • Noah says:

        I have at least 7 tattoos and I am 14. I got my first tattoo when I was 10. I love them all and would never regret them. Be sure to think the decision over, don’t put the ink where people can see when you are wearing a T-Shirt and you are golden.

    • lalalalalalano says:

      u can if the person is medically licensced and ur parent comes with u.

  6. alyssa says:

    Im 13 and i got my belly button pierced at 12

    • Emily says:

      I got mine done 11 : P

      • Amber says:

        Does it hurt bad? im turning 12 in october and i want mine done super badd

      • Chloe says:

        Sweetie, you really need to slow down. Doing all of this at such a young age doesn’t show you’re mature: it shows how immature and self-gratifying you are.

        • Jessica says:

          actually no. if its something she really wanted its not immature or self-gratifiying. its a piercing not a tattoo it isnt permanent. if she doesnt like it which i dont think she would, she can take it out. in no way is it immature. so think before you judge hun.

        • Ethan says:

          Okay I don’t think there’s a supiority of whether or not you’ve waited TIL you’re eighteen or how many piercings/tattoos you have at a younger age. And honestly I think it’s dumb to give advice to younger people in a hostile way. You can seriously indict long term damages and irreversible ones such as perpetual nerve damage in which you could lose the ability to feel PRTS of your face and also bacteria travels in your bloodstream it’s all connected what’s going through your nostril/eyebrow/lip/tongue is going to your heart and will be spread throughout your bloodstream to your organs

      • Katie says:

        Ok I’m 11 and I’m turning 12 in January and I live in Missouri. I don’t know where I can get my belly button peirced when I turn 12!! I already peirced it once but my parents made me take it out. I need help! Lol

        • Lou says:

          What the h is up with all you 11 and 12 year olds getting tattoos and piercings? When i was that age i only was allowed to have my first ear holes done. I just got my first cartilage done ten months ago and im 15.

          • Skylar says:

            Nothing is wrong with them, what’s wrong with you? They can do whatever they want it’s their choice. Your parents were just strict on you.

          • Karolyn Cockrell says:

            Its there body if they want piercings let them be!! And fyi i hav my eyebrow pierced and im 12 so leave them be!! And stfu! An have a very lovely day Lou! 🙂

          • Lexi says:

            I got my ears pierced at 3 age really doesn’t matter for ears. I just want to know if it hurts to get snakebites. Besides it their and their parents choice.

        • Emilee says:

          I agree with you, even though. I am 12 and I got my 2nd hole last year and I’m getting my cartilage pierced soon, I think it is messed up to get any piercings (other than ears) until I6

        • Meee says:

          Lol I’m 13 and have 0g plugs XD It’s not messed up. If they really want it then they can get it. Though I do agree on not getting anything more than earpiercings before at least 16 or 15 so your face doesn’t change when you’re in puberty and you can make sure it doesn’t get infected. But, like I said, if they really want it then they can get it, it’s all up to them and their parents. 🙂

  7. Anna says:

    Well, I’ll be 15 in 2 weeks and I want a tattoo for my brother that is now dying of liver cancer, and my mom said she would take me… I live I’m Ohio, is it
    Legal for her too take me to get it done?

  8. Ciara says:

    Okay,How old must I be to get a tattoo in Georgia? And do I need parental consent? I’m almost 16,by the way.

    • Emily Gomez says:

      you have to be 17 in the state og georgia with your parent and you have to have the same last name. GA is a very strict place to get tattooed and pierced in. im 15 and my dad is a tattoo artist. u have to be 17 and have your parents, no other way…. put it like this im 15 and i can not get a tatt till i am 18

  9. Tiffany says:

    In Georgia, you must be 18 years old to get a tattoo. Once you’re 18, you’re an adult, so parental consent is not required.

  10. Gillian. says:

    I want to get my septum pierced on my 13th birthday. I live in Georgia. Can someone tell me if I can get this done at 13 years old? Thanks.

  11. austin says:

    i am 13 yrs. and i want my lip pierced but how old do i have to be?

  12. alexa says:

    i am very nervous about this: i am gonna get my cartilage pierced and i am 10. i wanted to know if it hurt? i saw a couple youtube vids and they said it didnt hurt so i am not that worried just wanted to know thanks

    • Emily Gomez says:

      no hunny just no

    • Emily says:

      It hurts a lot!!! But it looks cute and the pain only last a while!!!!

    • Marie says:

      It hurts a lot, and you’re only 10!! Wait a few years before you decide if you really want to stick pieces of metal in your body!

    • Natasha says:

      Your not supposed to get your cartalige pierced until your 13 because thats when your cartilage finishes growing…… 🙂

    • Summer says:

      When I got mine it hurt a lot, and I would wait until you’re older

    • Taylor Sharee says:

      A Cartilage only hurts for like 30 min up to an hour after you get it. It may also give you a little headache afterwards but only for a short period. I got my Cartilage three months ago and its fine. But you wont really be in pain.

    • Katie says:

      Dear Alexa, I got my cartlidge pierced 2 times. And I couldn’t sleep on it for almost 2 months. And it onlys hurts when it’s actually getting pierced p.s don’t get it done by Walmart because they don’t know what they’re doing!
      Or any other store except for professionals. I got mine done when I was 10

    • Summer says:

      I am 15 and I got my cartilage done two weeks ago and it hurt just as much as a normal piercing does, no worse. It burned for a little and hurt that night but by the next night I could sleep on it with no pain.

    • Kate says:

      Don’t worry it really doesn’t hurt. I’m 13 an got mine done about 5-6 months ago. If you want to get it done go for it!! It’s super cute after and you won’t regret it. Good luck 🙂

  13. Dezzi says:

    I am 16 years old and live in Louisiana. I want to get a tattoo of my son’s name that is no longer with me. would my parent have to be present? my dad said it would be fine but im not sure if he would take me himself because he is very busy all the time

  14. jake says:

    where can I get my belly button pierced with my friends parent & not mine at a age of 15

  15. Jon says:

    That is not true i live in New York the age Limit is 18 for a tattoo, consent or not the age limit is 18.

  16. Mary says:

    I’m 14 and my dad said I could get a tattoo done by a professional at a tattoo parlor. Is this legal in the state of Arkansas?

    • Marie says:

      No, and you really should wait until you’re more mature. This is something you’ll have on your skin for the rest of your life. Also, you’re probably still growing, and your skin will stretch and move to adjust to your growing body. You don’t want to end up with a permanent stretched out tattoo.

  17. Tj says:

    Does anybody know how old you need to be in West Virginia to get a tattoo? I want an L with a cross and a heart for my late baby cousin Leon. I’m 14 and my dad said he didn’t mind as long as it was within the law.

    • Emily Gomez says:

      dont do it. wait at least 2 years. i can bet you 1000 dollars ur skin is still growing. wait then get it. believe me my dad is a tatt artist he has seen it all

  18. Mariah says:

    how old do you have to be to get your lip peirced in minnesota? does it hurt? people say it doesnt..im 13 by the way..

  19. kk epic unicorn says:

    im 10 and i want to know if it is legal in the state of north carolina to get a helix piercing

    • Cassy says:

      I’m 11 and apperanlty “mature” for my age but I’d wait to at least 11 1/2-12 even though that is still young. I’ve wanted a belly button piercing that has a cancer ribbon because either my mom or I have cancer so yeah.

    • kiona says:

      Im 12 I consider myself mature, I wanted a septum piercing for a long time , since i was 10 goin on 11,im getting it for my 13th birthday, and your 10, I dont think a helix piercing would look ok or normal or even fashionable on a ten year old O~O I know when u want something its hard to wait but more than anyone u have to proove to urself ur mature and by the time ur 12 if u want it or even 13 and ur intent on getting it , meaning u know pros and cons on getting this piercing and still want to proceed and get it , I think u have every right to .

      • Chloe says:

        You guys are still babies!! It’s not like you won’t have plenty of time to get piercings later. Why sexualize yourself at such a young age? In your immature (yes, you remain immature until you experience the real world) minds, you feel on top of the world, like a total badass, and you believe you won’t regret a thing. These notions could not be further from the truth. A decade or two down the road you will be kicking yourself for your immaturity and lack of discretion. I’m a freshman in college, and I can honestly say my judgement is exponentially better than it was a your age. I recently got my bellybutton and cartilage pierced, but I don’t feel as if I missed anything by waiting. -Chloe

        • Madeleine says:

          Um no hon! Just no! I didn’t know that being a mature 10 year old was a baby. I am mature because I have been through ALOT more than you probably have because I had cancer so my parents just let me do WHATEVER I want with my body because of that so I have purple hair, Cartilage piercings Etc. I’m not trying to sexualize myself in ANY way, I just like piercings (Not the ghetto ones like the belly button) and think that you shouldn’t judge people by what piercing they have. I could wait to get more piercings but we are living in the now not later. If later in life if I don’t like it anymore I can take the gd thing out and not pout about how IMMATURE I was. So maybe you can read this And think differently about what you said. -Madeleine

          • Rose says:

            You just said bellybutton peircings are ghetto, and in the same sentance said not to judge people’s peircings. That is really rude to people who have belly button peircings and btw 10 is a baby and you think you are really mature, and then throw a fit if someone tries to give u good advice… :/

      • dominique says:

        I’M pretty mature also, I am 14 and in college..
        I know what tattoos I want, I have drawn them up several times edited them and figured out placement and sizing. I know that in my future profession that none of them will show.
        In Michigan what kind of proof of age must you show? Would a college picture id and birth certificate be sufficient?
        Thanks 🙂

        • Kial says:

          waitwaitwaitwaitwait…you’re 14 and in college……wow you are incredibly intelligent if so

        • ReiRei112849 says:

          I’m fourteen and also in college, starting this year, so congrats! And also does anyone know how old you have to be to get snakebites in alabama?

          • Jodie says:

            Body piercing in Alabama requires prior written informed consent from the minor’s parent or legal guardian. Anyone under 19 is considered a minor in the state of Alabama. Many shops will have a minimum age requirement for piercings, so you’ll want to check with whatever shop you’re going to to be sure!

    • Mckenzie says:

      You’re 10. Wait.

  20. dustin says:

    im 16 and i have 2 tattoos and both my ears pierced and nether of them hurt as bad as people say they do. they say that to scare you to where you dont want to get a tattoo or pierced

  21. Katy says:

    Next month I’ll be 17, and I really would like to get my belly button pierced for my birthday. I live in Missouri and cannot legally have it done without guardian consent. Though I am 5 minutes away from Kansas, where there’s not an age limit. Although I’m a resident of Missouri, can I still have it done in Kansas?

    • Kayla says:

      Yes you can. I’m 15, have mine done. I’m getting a tattoo for my 16th birthday in December.
      You don’t have to be a resident, but because you are 17 you might need parental consent.

  22. beth miller says:

    i am turning 16 in a few months. what is the age limit in getting a tattoo in oklahoma?

  23. Tia says:

    Um, in the UK, i want my lip pierced…can i get it pierced without my mum there? i know my friend did…how strict are piercers? :s i’m 15 in like a week anyway, and the job i want allows me with facial piercings.

  24. Hope says:

    I’m 13 and I live in the US, I was wondering what the age limit is for getting an eyebrow piercing, and the cost?..

    • Lorna says:

      Both of those factors will generally depend on the state you live in. The best way to find out is to do a search for piercers in your area and then check their websites for the information. Depending on where you live and how the individual piercer feels about it, you might be able to get your eyebrow pierced at 13 (with parental permission of course.) Hope this helps, and thank you for the comment!

  25. Hannah says:

    I’m 12 years old, i live in Connecticut, i want to know if im able to get a tattoo if i get my parents permission?

  26. Emily says:

    I’m 11and I’m wondering how old I need to be in Florida to get a tattoo

  27. Charm says:

    I’m 12 and I was wondering if I could get a tatto legally in Arizona it’s not big it’s just going to be like a small heart in memory of my g ma

  28. Tacarea says:

    I’m 12 and I want to get my lip pierced my dad and mom said yes but what is the age limit

  29. Hannah says:

    Okay so I just turned 16 , I have proof of my age and I want my septum pierced. Oh and I live in North Carolina, will this be possible for me ?

  30. Laura says:

    How old do you have to be to get a piercing in Puerto Rico cause I’m turning 15 in 2 months and I want to get 2nd piercings, but I want to get it alone cause my mom doesn’t let me get them.

    • Ashley says:

      Nope, must have a parent guardian to be present with you to get any piercing under the age of 18 (i have 3 on one ear and 2 on the other)…getting my nose done for my up coming birthday….Advice for you is to compromise with your mom and at some point she’ll let you. Good luck!!

  31. Christina says:

    I’m 16 years old and I live in Las Vegas.
    I really want my tongue pierced.
    Do I need a parent with me to get it pierced?

  32. brooke says:

    im going to be 17 in 26 days and i want a tattoo of my sons name. i live in north carolina, how old do i have to be to get one with a parent permission?

  33. Katelin says:

    I’m 14 turning 15 in 2 months and wanted to get a tattoo of a lily in memory of my father. Is it legal in the state of new York with parent consent?

  34. Jocelyn says:

    Aren’t you the same person who just yelled at a 12 year old for wanting a tattoo? What makes you think you’re so much smarter and more mature than someone so slightly younger than you? Sorry hun, but 15 is not adult, not even close. And by the way, no tattooing under 18 in New York, regardless of parental consent. They changed the law a few years ago. No tattoos under 18 period.

  35. Luv says:

    I am 13. I want to get a Monroe piercing in Georgia. Am I old enough. I think.

  36. Gabbie says:

    I’m 13 an I wanna get my septum pierced an my mom said it’s okay but I don’t know any good shops in fort worth Texas that would do it for me. you have you be 16 but I really really want it (I’m not trying to be immature) an if anybody out there knows a good shop please please tell me.

  37. Brianna says:

    I’m 13 turning 14 in march and I really want snakebites. I got my moms permission and everything but I can’t find any places to do it unless I’m 16. is it legal? And is there any places near Detroit that will do it (:

    • april says:

      im 13 and ill be 14 in march as well but alot of my friends have theirs done and just lie about there age. I dunno how it works just yet and im trying to bribe my mom into it. haha. good luck with the snake bites tho:3

  38. how old do i have to be to legally do tattoos or get my tattoo license

  39. ineedalippiercingdesperately says:

    i have a strict mother who i have never asked for a facial piercing from, and my dad is gonna be away until like 3 months later. i just asked her for an ear cartilage piercing, and i also REALLY want spider bites (2 lip piercings about a centimeter or so apart). how do i ask her? she looked at me funny when i asked for the ear cartilage piercing, and said “I’ll think about it.” so what will she say/think of me when i ask for spider bites?!?!?! please help me!!!

    • litia says:

      I have a extremely strict mother 2 and I just talked her into letting me get my snake bites done. Just bring up really good points. Like it expressed creativity and freedom.

  40. april says:

    ok so im 13. I look around 16/17, but cant I get a nose stud if I don’t have an ID? if my mom is there and does the whole ID n drivers thing do I still have to show my date of birth n such? please and thank you >.< xD!

  41. Abbi says:

    No one that is 12, 13, or 14, should be allowed to get body modifications. These are big decisions that little children are not old enough to make.

    With that said, the laws, in my opinion, should be much stricter on children under the age of 16.

  42. Kayla says:

    Alright so do you have to be a legal resident in Washington to get a tattoo as a minor with consent?

  43. Sondie says:

    So I’m 16 and I want to get a tattoo with my 26 year old sister. We’ve been planning on getting sister tattoos for a long time. Is there any way I can get one in the state of Tennessee with parents permission?

  44. elizabeth says:

    i’m 14 and love drawing. i had a best friend since i was 4 and he was shot and didn’t make it. well 2 weeks before he drew me a lovely drawing. i live in va very close to west va. i talked to my parents and they said they would take me to get his drawing tattooed if i found a place that would do for me. Am i allowed to get one in west va if i have a parent with me?

    • Lorna says:

      According to the West Virginia Public Health Sanitation Rules, tattooing of minors is allowed in West Virginia, but the state requires that written permission is provided by a parent or guardian, so even if they come with you, the tattoo parlor may still require written consent as well. The best way to find out is of course to call the parlor you’re interested in and ask. Like in all states, some artists will be more willing to tattoo younger individuals than others. Good luck with your tattoo!

  45. Lily says:

    I’m 13, and I live in North Dakota I want my belly button pierced, am I able to? What’s the law? Please help

    • Lorna says:

      In your state, piercing studios require a parent or guardian’s permission to pierced a minor, but there’s no law stating an age cut-off, so as long as your parents come with you and you can find a piercer willing to do it, it’s legal. Good luck! 🙂

  46. Maddie says:

    Im 12, I will be 13 in March 13th.. Over spring break im going to Louisiana, and i want my belly button pierced, can i get it done at 13 in louisiana with a parents consent?! I live in Mississippi and know here you have to be 18 either way. But i dont know in Louisiana! Please help(: Thanksss!!

    • Lorna says:

      It’s legal to pierce minors in the state of Louisiana, but the consenting parent has to be physically there with you when you go to get it done. Also, because you’re so young, you may still find piercers who are uncomfortable with it, so it’s best to call ahead to a parlor you want to go to and make sure. Good luck! 🙂

    • Darianne says:

      I’m 12 and I live in Mississippi I want to get a couple of tattoos do I have to go to another state to get them. I have a strict mother how do I ask her

      • Tara says:

        Hey Darianne,
        In your state it is completely illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 21. Any other state will require written consent, the presence of a parent, or both. You’re probably better off waiting until you’re older for such permanent modification.

  47. jasmine says:

    i am 16 and want my hips pierced. I live in Illinois how old do i have to be? cause i live with an older sis an my mom isn’t around so she is the only one who would be able to sign. is that legal ?

    • lena says:

      i know somone who got a hip peircing but it kept popping out and stuff. So if you 1: go to the chiropractor 2: are fairly active in sports or something or 3: pop out your hip occasionally, i would really rethink where you want to put your peircing. But it is legal if your sister is your legal gaurdian

  48. Jolyn says:

    I’m 15 and I live in North Dakota. I really want to get my nose pierced and also my lip. I have parental consent. But is it legal?

    • Lorna says:

      It’s legal, but your consenting parent has to be with you when you actually get it done and will also need to sign a consent form. Send us a picture on Facebook or Tumblr when you get your piercings! 🙂

  49. Kerri worley says:

    IAM sixteen and want a tattoo, I live in Oregon, what is the legal age??!!
    With parent consent and sign off..!!

  50. Nessa says:

    Im 15 almost 16 and i want to get a tattoo and my belly button done! i live in utah. could anyone tell me where to go to get it done and is it legal.?

    • Lorna says:

      It’s legal in Utah but a consenting parent has to be physically present at the time of the service and usually needs to sign paperwork confirming their approval.

  51. Zoe says:

    Does anyone know the age you have to be to get a lip piercing in Massachusetts? I’m 12 and I’ve always wanted to get one :3

  52. Jennifer says:

    I went to a tattoo convention this past weekend and got a small tattoo. Long story short, the artist did not complete job as described and tattoo not well completed. Also, when I confronted her professionally she refused to talk rationally with me. I also mentioned to her that she never got a signed consent or valid id from me. I know this is illegal, but who can I report her to?

  53. chelsea says:

    so how old do i have to be to get a piercing in South Carolina without parental consent? I’m 17 and have some piercings but all with a parent being there but I’m goin to SC on vacation with friends and we are all getting new piercings but i dont know if i can because I’m 17

    • Lorna says:

      Nobody under 18 can get pierced in South Carolina. Sorry. 🙁 Since you live in a state where you can, it might be a better idea to get pierced together before you leave. Good luck, and have as great vacation.

  54. kelly says:

    Hey im 13 gonna be 14 and I have wanted a septum piercing for a few years! And i live in Kansas, So do I need parents permission to get it done. Even if my older sister took me (she is 21). Also I wanted to know if I get it done what is the healing time i’ve been told a lot of different times lol thanks kelly! Ps. im not looking for anyones opinon just simple facts thx 😉

  55. Zurie says:

    Ok so I’m 12 and I want to get my nose pierced. is it legal to get my nose pierced in the state of Florida?

    • Ashley says:

      I don’t know the age limit but im also 12 and I got my a nose stud and it was perfectly fine… I live in Minnesota tho lol

  56. Natasha says:

    Im 13 and i know its legal for me to get my industrial bar in my ear but every time i go to a place that does piercings they say i have to be 16 with parents permission… Btw i live in Florida

  57. MaKenzie says:

    I’m 13 and want to get a tattoo of my brother’s name on my back. He left a couple years ago and its really important to me. Does anybody know when it’s a good idea to get it? My parents say that if I want it I’m fine making my own decisions.

  58. nicky says:

    I Live in canada Ontario.. And im 11 turning 12 In june.. Would I be able To Get a septum pericing? without parents signature? if so.. how much will it cost.. and were would i get it?,…

  59. Isabelle says:

    I’m 14 I look 15 and I want to know in the state of New Jersey if I can get my belly button pierced without my parents consent.

  60. Adrianna says:

    i live in iowa and i got my belly button pierced a day after my 16th birthday with out my parents having to be there. I also got my nose pierced with out my parents consent. I dont understand why people are saying you cant get it done with your parents consent because i did

  61. Matt says:

    So I live in New York and am turning 16 this summer. I was just wondering if I can get an ear piecing by myself and without parental permission. My mother approves but my father does not and I would prefer they be upset with me as opposed to each other. It’s not like a big deal or anything. The biggest I would go is a barbell in my cartilage or something. To be honest I don’t really know what the big deal is. I am practically more mature than any of the adults in my life anyway and feel that I should be able to express myself.

  62. Chelsea R. says:

    Are these laws current and true??? Because I’m 16 and my mom would let me get any piercing I want and maybe a tattoo… I live in Wisconsin and this page says it’s allowed but with consent but not needing presence of a parent (because my mom doesn’t like watching, lol). But I hear from other people and places that in Wisconsin you have to be at least 16 and presence of adult where piercing or tattoo of a minor is being done. I hope that law isn’t true because I want piercings and tattoos to express myself. 😀 my mom issss ok with it though so…

  63. Dejah says:

    I’m 13 and I live in Florida, am I old enough to snake bites?

  64. lena says:

    Im 12 and want to get snakebites on my 13th b-day, i’ve been wanting them for a while, and i understand the committment and risks. I have confronted my mom a cauple of times and she says she doesn’t want me to get more peircings until I am 16. I live in Wisconsin, USA right now but will be in Germany when my birthday comes around and I will be living with my dad. Should I just ask him when i get there. My mom didn’t seem to care much when I got my 2nd peircing (ear) done without asking her when i was at my dads at 9 yrs. I just wanted to get some other peoples oppinion. thx

  65. Mandy says:

    You are all just scaring people about piercing things by yourself if your not stupid about it and actually clean it and take care of it then it won’t get infected and if your smart and it starts to hurt when your pushing the needle through take it out. I’ve pierced my noes, lip, cartilage, second and third holes and my belly button twice and nothing happened to me because I was smart about it and did my research

  66. Steven lane says:

    I’m 14 in the state of Tennessee and I was wandering if I can get my tongue pierced?
    And where at in Dickson tn can I do it at?

    • matthew says:

      I know some people that got there’s professionally done and they were 15. I live in north Carolina too and I know its ridiculous that you can’t get a simple piercing by yourself.

  67. joseph says:

    Dang it I’ll be 16 iN 3 months and I live in North Carolina, and I wanted a tattoo so bad, but now I know its illegal. So disappointing!!!! 🙁

  68. Ashlee says:

    I’m sixteen now, and want to get my tongue pierced. Also I live in Colorado, so now I’m a little bummed that I have to be 18 without parental consent :/

  69. matthew says:

    Ok I live in north Carolina. I will become 17 in 13 days. I really want my tounge pierced. I wanna know how old do you have to be where you don’t have to have a parent present?

  70. viola says:

    can you get a tattoo at the age of 15 in virginia with your parents permission?

  71. Aleeah A. says:

    i am 16 and i was wondering do i need a parent present when i get my lip pierced. i ask this because i have been devorced from my parents for a couple months and i live in the state of south carolina

  72. Debeny says:

    I am 14 turning 15 in 37 days and I live in Kansas city, Kansas. Does anyone know where I can get it done with parent consent.

  73. Shelbie(; says:

    I am looking into getting a tattoo while on vacation in Florida, i am a resident in Michigan and i was wondering at the age of 15, almost 16 if it is possible to get a tattoo in either state. My parents would be a part of this process also. Small tattoo in florida, and a bit of a larger one in Michigan. I have been researching around the internet for ages of tattooing and the laws for Florida, but i keep coming across different answers. I was wondering if there is someone out there that could help me? Thank you very much.

    • Lorna says:

      In both Florida and Michigan you have to have written parental consent if you’re under 18, but in Florida the consent paper needs to be notarized, so you’re probably better off getting tatted in your home state. Hope this helps. 🙂

  74. Ashlei says:

    In Arkansas, what age do you have to be to get your nose pierced? I’m 14 and with my 22 year old sister and I really want to get it done.

  75. Meria says:

    I want to get an industrial piercing in my left ear and I live in alabama, is it legal?

  76. Mickey says:

    I live in Virginia and I want my nose pierced. I am 14 and was wondering if it is legal for me to get my nose pierced with my parents signature. Thanks

  77. jessica says:

    I want to get my industrial piercing the day of my birthday I know what tattoo parlor I’m going to get it I’m getting it on both ears I have my parents permission but I Don’t have a ID I’m currently 15 I’m turning 16 on June 19 can I take my birth certificate or anything else that proves I’m 16?

  78. Courtney says:

    Hi! I was just wondering if in Wisconsin, I could get my upper lobe and possibly an orbital piercing done. I am 13 and I would have parental consent. My mom and I called a few shops and they said I couldn’t because I’m under 16. Also a girl I know got her nose pierced in Illinois with a needle and she is under 16 too. Are the laws different in Illinois than in Wisconsin? Please reply ASAP, maybe before this Thursday. Thank you! 🙂

    • Lorna says:

      Yes, the laws are different in Illinois than in Wisconsin. Unfortunately in your state a recent health code has been passed disallowing all minors under the age of sixteen to be pierced anywhere but their ears, and they define ears as lobes only. Even though the health code doesn’t specifically state that needle piercing versus gun piercing is illegal, in most cases trained piercers from a shop (who use needles only) will avoid piercings of minors altogether. If you cross the border into most of your neighboring states though (Iowa is the least strict) getting a piercing as long as you’re accompanied by a parent or guardian is perfectly legal. Hope this helps.

  79. lala says:

    I’m getting snakebites soon and I’m 15 years old<3
    Can't wait! Might get 'em next week.

  80. Bonnie says:

    I’m 16 and ever since I was 13 I’ve wanted to get my nose done. I did it myself when I was 14 and it came out fine but my mom made me take it out. She said I could only get piercings beside my ears until I was 16. But since last year I’ve been wanted to get my belly button done. All my friends have it done and I really want one but I know that my mom (still) won’t let me get my even my nose done, she won’t ever consider me getting my belly button done. But I was looking on the internet to find places where I could do it and was wondering if since I’m 16 do I need a parent to be there or can I just go by myself?

    • dominique says:

      Search on google piercing laws for ____________(your state)
      It will tell you, then pick a highly know and very clean show, call them and ask their stores policies some have them some don’t

  81. Spike2324 says:

    I live in maine and i want to get my ear lobe peirced but my mom wont give me permission is it illegal to go to a different state to get a piercing when u live in another?

    • Brianna says:

      You can pierce your ears at home. Piercing your ears isn’t illegal in any way at all. I pierced my ears at home. I have two piercings on the bottom half of my left ear and two piercings on the bottom half of my right ear and my cartilage pierced on my right ear.

    • dominique says:

      No it is not illegal, many people do it.
      My mom gave me permission and i have 7 ear piercings cartilage & lobe, and will be getting my belly pierced soon.

  82. Marissa Gebhard says:

    Hey, I’m 14, And I’m getting a tattoo (Reason is a personal issue) But I’m wondering if anybody knows if it’s legal to get it done in the state of Florida, Pennsylvania, Or Virginia? (If you’re just going to tell me not to get one please do not comment, I have my parents permission and that’s all that matters.) Please let me know. 🙂 Also is it legal for me to get my tongue pierced in Virginia? (:

  83. XXXnotsosuperxXx says:

    I went to a local piercing place, they told me I have to be 15. Im 14 . liars!

  84. Jessica says:

    I want to get my triple helix pierced & I wanna know how old do you have to be to get it pierced, I’m 14 & I live in Maryland.

  85. Sam says:

    I am laughing so hard. It’s honestly best to wait until you are in your twenties to get a tattoo because you know you won’t regret them since you have thought them through since your teenage years. Your skin will also have started to slow the growing process. Keep in mind, I’m almost 18 and the only piercings I have are my nose, my lobes (twice) and my first holes are stretched at a 0 gauge, and my cartilage. It is so ridiculous to think that there are CHILDREN who haven’t even started their menstrual cycles yet and are piercing their belly buttons and noses. I had my nose pierced for my seventeenth birthday last year and I had to pay for it myself.

    Don’t get a piercing because of your friends having it. Get it because YOU truly want it or else you’re going to be stuck with an unnecessary hole in your skin. And if you are under the age of 15, you shouldn’t even think about getting something you want permanently on your body forever. You’re still a child, you may think you aren’t, but you really are. You haven’t experienced much of the world yet, so just wait for a few more years. You’ve waited long enough, anyways, a few more years won’t hurt you too terribly.

    That’s just my two cents about this.

  86. Ahdlc23 says:

    I’ll be 14 soon and I want to get my eye brow pierced. Does anybody know at what age you need to be to get your eyebrow pierced with parent consent in the state of Washington?

  87. Brianna says:

    I am 15 years old and I live in Southern Illinois. I want to get my lip pierced. With parental consent, how old do I have to be?

  88. Katie says:

    Does anyone know a place in Virginia where you can get your hips pierced at 16 I already have mine pierced but my friend really wants to get her hips done

  89. Simone says:

    I want my nose pierced and I’m 17 my mom says she won’t permit me to get one so if I can find a place without a parents signature I can get one. I live in South Dakota my friend at work has her nose bell button and her hips pierced and she told me to go to the election crayon in town I’m guessing they don’t card considering I’m pretty sure all the websites say you have to be 18 or have parents present. It would nice to know ASAP!

  90. Jazmine says:

    I am 14 and turning 15 in November, I was curious to know if facial peircing scar? My mom said I can’t have any facial peircings because they scar, I wanted a simple lip piercing on the right side, is it legal to get a peircing at age 14 here in Alaska?

  91. tristan says:

    i am 13yrs old and i wanna know how old u have to be to get a tattoo in the state of texas?

  92. Kial says:

    I’m 12 and I’m really wanting to get a tattoo. I live in Indiana and im just wanting people’s opinions of what I should do. I know what I want to get and its able to be covered and its small. Does anyone know a place in Indiana that would tattoo a minor who’s almost 13?

  93. eric says:

    Im 13 turning 14 in 2 months more and im almost getting the undustrial the tunnel plugs,the lip piercing too, and im getting the other ear piercing from my other side of my ear.

  94. Joe says:

    I’m 14 and I was wondering if I should get snakebites. I’ve been wanting them for a good 2 years and afraid they will hurt. I hate needles but love snake bites. I’m also a male if that matters. :I

  95. Adam says:

    I’m 16 almost 17 and I’m wondering if I can get a tattoo in the state of Wisconsin. It means a lot to me and want to know my mother approves of it.

  96. Taylor says:

    I have been reading these comments and some of you kids are insane! Tattoos at the age of 11 & 12? Holy sh*t! I grew up around people with tattoos and always wanted one my self but I didn’t even think about that stuff till I was 14! The summer after that I thought about it and I got something basic for my first tattoo at 15. Well it’s been a little over two years and I REGRET it sooo bad! My body wasn’t done growing and I got stretch marks for a really quick growth spurt and they ruined it. I am now kicking my self for not waiting because if I had waited two more years I would of been able of to prevent it from becoming deformed and having to be covered or even worse removed. Your body is not done growing! Please wait! And if you wait just a couple more years for it you may even change your mind on it and want something else. I know it’s EXTREMELY hard to wait for a tattoo but I feel it’s for the best.

  97. kayla says:

    i’ve asked my mom if i can get a lip piercing and she said yes can you get a lip piercing in nevada. btw im 12

  98. Emmaleigh says:

    I’m 16 1/2, I”ve been wanting a belly button piercing since I was 14. I’ve already pierced it once (like a month ago) but it came out while I was sleeping and it was only pierced three days before that. I really liked it and I want it again! But I really do not want to do it myself again. I live in New Hampshire, is it legal for me to get it done professionally without my parents being there? They won’t even let me get my nose done, they would never allow my belly to be done!

  99. Shannon lee says:

    Um… I’m 13 and I want to get my tongue pierced with my best friend.
    I think these laws are great. But now I have to get my moms permission because I live in Alabama .

  100. Sabrina Whiteman says:

    I am 17 years old and I’m trying to get my tongue pierced. I live in Oklahoma and I’m also independent with no parents. how would I go about getting it done if I have to have a parent there with me? can I have my 21 year old sister with or what I’m needing advise please respond !

  101. nicole says:

    Im 13 and i want my bellybutton peirced. is it legal in colorado to get your bellybutton pierced with parent permission?

    • Lorna says:

      It’s legal in your state with parental consent, but some artists may not be comfortable piercing someone your age, so it’s best to call ahead if you’re thinking of getting it done. Hope this helps, and thanks for the comment! 🙂

  102. Ashlyn says:

    Does it hurt to get your septum pierced?

  103. jessie says:

    you thugs are crazy I didnt get my first tat until 17 and me an my mom got matching ones for my dad, and btw the way I’m 22 so I’m legal everywhere!! I have 5 tattoos and three piercings. juss because ur into something at the time doesn’t mean u should brand yourself forever. most of you are babies. my kids better not dare ask me at ten to get a tattoo or piercing or they will get that butt whooped!

  104. William says:

    I’m 12, I’ve been looking into a septum, and spider bites. Is it legal in North Carolina to get them with parental consent?

  105. Tori says:

    I’m 16 and I will be 17 in July, I live in wi and want a tatto of someone every close that died. I wanted to know what the age limit is in Michigan

  106. nicole says:

    I live in mississippi and i want to knw if u have parental consent can u get ur tongue pierced at 16

  107. Roselia says:

    i live in colorado and i want my bellybutton peirced. my mom said it was okay im going to be 16 on sunday and i already have 2 other piercings..she will go with me so is it okay?

    • Lorna says:

      It’s not illegal in your state, but most places will prefer that you bring a parent with you since their consent is usually required when you’re under 18 in Colorado. Hope you enjoy your new piercing! 🙂

  108. Tanner says:

    I’m 16 and have been wanting a tattoo for years and my mother and father said I could get one. But we dont know were to go? I live in Wisconsin, is it legal for me to get a tattoo here with my parent/s?

  109. Mekayla says:

    Hi, I’m mekayla and I’m 12 turning 13 in May the 9 I was wondering is it allegal for me to get my belly pierced in va my mom sai she will take me if it’s legal and I need to know this quick because she gets paid next week and I want to know this before her money runs out

  110. swimmer23 says:

    My sister got her belly button pierced when she was 13 but now she is 20. should i pierce my belly button or not?

  111. Maddison says:

    Im about to turn 16, and i was wondering, In the state of Washington, how old do you have to be to get your tongue pierced?

  112. Amy says:

    Ok I’m 12 and was wondering how old do you have to be to get a spider bite piercing in Missouri? I really want one but haven’t asked my parents yet. I’m just doing research to persuade them for it on my 13 or 14 birthday. I know I need a parents consent but I was just wondering what the legal age for a spider bite piercing is and it’s cost?

    • Amy says:

      Oops I did that twice see I guess that just goes to show I should wait because I can’t even make up my mind!

  113. Izzy says:

    I want to get my nose and cartalige in my ear pierced. I am 15 and live in two states, Tennessee and Washington state. I can get parent approval in both states. Can and should I get it done? I also want to get a small tattoo that means a lot to me, can and should I get it?

  114. Lauren says:

    Hey I’m 12 about to turn 13 in July. I want to get my belly button pierced for my birthday and I live in Colorado. Is it legal if I get my parents permission?

    • Lorna says:

      It’s technically legal in Colorado as long as you have parental consent, but some piercers prefer not to pierce so young, so it would be a good idea to call around first and find a piercer who’s definitely willing to do it. Also, written consent is the standard, but under 18 a lot of places will require the parent to be present as well, so that’s best to find out beforehand too. Hope this helps, and enjoy your piercing!

  115. sandra says:

    Im 14 and i want to get my tongue pierced and I live in texas. can I get it and what do I need to be able to get it?

  116. Kim says:

    Hey I am 14, I want to get my belly button pierced for my Christmas so it has a good 6 months to heal before next summer. I called all of the places in Wisconsin(where I live) and they say I need to be 16 with parental consent. Could I just go to Illinois and get it pierced there with my parent and birth certificate????

    • Chris says:

      Kim you cannot legally do that and get away with it they will not pierce you. They have to follow by the laws in your state.

  117. Caitlin says:

    Hi! I just turned 14 in may & i was wondering if its legal in Delaware to get your bellybutton pierced w/ parent consent & where they would do it…

  118. karrina says:

    hey! my name is vanessa i live in nevada my mom i said i can get a monroe piercing and a lip piercing i already have my nose pierced and how old do i have to be to get them done so can anyone tell me asap -♡Vanessa♡

  119. Char says:

    I’m 13 and my mom said I could get my belly button done! I live in Wisconsin but we are taking a family trip to Illinois in a few weeks. Does anyone know where or even if I can get that done I’m the Chicago area?

  120. Ami says:

    I’m 16 now and my friends turned 18 but if I wanted a tattoo or piercing could they sign for me if I went to the shop and I live in New York.

    • Lorna says:

      Unfortunately friends cannot sign off on piercings or tattoos. It has to be a parent or legal guardian, and in most cases, the shop will want that person to be with you at the time of service. Hope this helps, and thanks for the comment.

  121. katie aldworth says:

    I’m 14 and i want my lip pierced and a tattoo and i live in billingham which is in England, north east. i was wondering if you could get a piercing and tattoo with a note off your parents saying you have there concent instead of them coming with you

  122. Tia says:

    I’m going to be 15 in a couple of mouths and I wanted to get snakebites… I just want to try something new. But will it hurt??

  123. Lay says:

    Ok so im 13 and Live in Virginia. I want to get 1 piercing on my left lip. Is there any possible way I can??? Where?

  124. Anonymoussss says:

    I’m 12 and I live in michigan, can I get my monroe pierced ??

  125. Paaatttyyy says:

    Heyy! ✌️ well I’m 16 and live in Washington state. I really wanna get spider bites but my parents don’t want me to so they won’t take me. I talked about it with my cousin and friend, they surprisingly said they were willing to take me. I don’t know if that would work though. Could it work? Like have them be with me or something? I mean cuz I don’t really want my parents to know. As in hiding it, it wouldn’t be that hard.

  126. emily says:

    i live in WV and I’m 11 i want my industrial bar

  127. Sydnie says:

    I’m 12 and I want to get a lip ring. I live in Eastern Kentucky. Knott county. Is it legal to get it done with a parent present and with permission?

  128. Katie isaac says:

    Do you have to have a parent signature for a tattoo if your 18 in the state of north Carolina?

  129. Erikah says:

    Hi, Im fifteen and I want to get my nose pierced. I live in southern Oklahoma so for my birthday (it was actually a week or two later) my mom and I went to Texas to get my nose pierced. We went to a legitimate Tattoo Parlor/ piercing place but they said I have to have a state ID if I am under sixteen. I was just wondering if this rule is legitimate and if so do you have to have a state ID to have it done in Oklahoma.

  130. Tarche' says:

    Hi, I am 13 years old and I want to get my lip pierced where can I get it I live in Petersburg Virginia. I want ed. It for my birthday and I wanna know where can I get by I’m underage

    • Lorna says:

      For a list of reputable piercers in your area you can go to http://www.safepiercing.org It’s best to call ahead to a parlor you’d like to go to and ask if they’ll pierce someone as young as you are, because some prefer not to, but either way you’ll need a parent or legal guardian to be present at the parlor with you and give their consent. Hope this helps, and thanks for the comment. 🙂

  131. haleigh178 says:

    I’m 11 and I live in Indiana. can I get my belly pierced?

  132. Kacey says:

    How old do you have to be to get a tattoo is new York?

    • Lorna says:

      Even though there’s no clear state-wide law in full effect, it’s technically a violation of section 260 of the New York penal law to mark a minor (under 18) with ink. Consequentially, most artists will not tattoo persons under the age of 18 regardless of consent. If you have parental permission and are over 16, it’s best to call ahead to any tattoo parlor in your area or an adjacent state to see what their individual policies entail. Hope this helps!

  133. Sunni May says:

    I got my snake bites done and I’m only 14 and I’m getting my eyebrow next and then my nose. and then I’m getting my tattoo when I’m 15 which is in 3 months… So these laws were helpful.. And my mom pierced her own nose and her sister’s eyebrow and she tried to pierce my nose… She’s crazy!! She has her eyebrow pierced, her nose done she has snake bites, a vertical lebret, her tongue, her Monroe, her navel, and her v pierced and she has over 40 tattoos, and one going down her face next to her eye… Like I said.. Shes crazy!!!

  134. Sunni May says:

    Oh yea and I live in Oregon too

  135. jasmine says:

    I’m 15 i turn 16 in a couple of months . i want to get my bellybutton pierced (without my parents consent), with my friend. she’ll be 18 a little after i turn 16. i live in Oregon, i look a little older than my age. can i get it done?

    • Lorna says:

      It’s always best to call ahead and ask exactly what your piercer requires, because a friend who’s over 18 has no legal bearing on the situation. Consent has to come from a parent or legal guardian. Hope this helps.

  136. Fatima says:

    I live in Utah I’m 12 years old and my parents let me get piercings and I want to get snake bites. You think I could get my lips pierced with my parents permission? Would it be illegal? My friend’s aunt knows how to do piercings.

  137. Lydia says:

    im 15, i live in kansas, and i only have ear piercings. im seeing chicks at 10 getting f*in belly button piercings. i might just be old fashion but i think they might turn a little exotic too soon. and tattoos at twelve??! thats terrible.
    anyways my parents are a bit strict i know but im talking my parents into getting me a simple lip piercing. thats what i want for now, maybe butter them up a bit so maybe i can squeeze in an eyebrow or dermal piercing. i just came here for laws and aldo i see comments of people asking whats legal like did you even read the information what. ok i felt the comments opinion needs to be said but im done now

  138. destiny says:

    I live in delware were can I get my snake bite done at for a 14 year old

  139. mikayla says:

    I’m 13 and I live in Ohio… is it legal for me to get my belly button pierced? And does anyone know a way to convince my parents to let me get it.. they’re really strict.

  140. Abby says:

    I’m 16 and I want my nose done and I live in michigan but my mom wont let me and can I get it done?

  141. zoila parada says:

    im 13 . i live in texas and my parents said i can get a nose peircing but idk where to go .

  142. Avery says:

    im 13 and live in connecticut.. does anyone know where i can get my nose done? most places i’ve called have a minimum piercing age of 14 or 16

  143. Cheyenne says:

    I’m 14 going to be 15 next mouth and I want to get a tattoo in the state of Kentucky. can I get it done and not get into trouble with the law??? 😉

  144. anna says:

    I’m 15 and I live in Missouri, at age 13 I got my nose pierced, age 14 I got my belly button, and 15 I got my tongue, and I got a tattoo by a friend last month in Missouri. I also have size 5mm gauges and some people won’t pierce or tattoo you because they don’t want to get in trouble so I had a family friend do it.

    But my nose didn’t hurt, neither did my gauges, my tongue hurt afterwards when it was swollen, and the thing that hurt the most was actually my belly button cause its really thick there, and that was just a sudden pain.

    Depending on the state you shouldn’t get in trouble, most need parents permission, but some won’t do it at all til you’re over 18.

  145. Melissa says:

    I’m 17 do I really need a parent permission to get a piercing ):

  146. seth says:

    Ok I’m 14 and I live in Georgia what
    Is the legal age for a tattoo on a minor

    • Lorna says:

      The law in Georgia prohibits anyone from tattooing minors at all unless they are a medical professional and can show cause for the tattoo. For this reason it’s very difficult to get inked in your state under the age of 18, and in every case (with no exceptions) parental consent is required. Hope this helps, and thanks for the comment.

  147. Andy says:

    I want to get a double nose piercing, but my mom is really strict. How do I convince her? By the way I’m 14 and most of my friends already have piercings and they’re the same age as me.

    • Anna says:

      Do it in a very mature way, maybe write down a list of the pros and cons. Or compromise. Thats how I got my mom to let me get my nose pierced. Maybe ask instead of two right now.. you could get one and then later in a year you could get another one. Hope that works! It worked for me and my friend on her mom!

  148. maddie says:

    I Want my nose done but I don’t know how old you have to be
    And I don’t how to do it myself

  149. Anna says:

    I leave in Alaska, my birthday is in January I will be 16. would it be legal if I got a tongue piercing at 16 in AK? Or would it be legal in Minnesota because I go down there this summer.

    • Lorna says:

      Unless you live in an area with municipal ordinances it should be just fine. Call ahead though, because a lot of places still require parental consent if you’re under 18. 🙂

  150. Chell says:

    Im 15, -16 in January… i hav my ears pierces scenc i was 4 and when i was 11 i got my ears pierced again. An when i was 12-13 i got my nose pierced an2 monts ago i got my bellybutton pierced wich i done by my self…. im gettn my lip pierced for my 16th birthday . So i have no problem with body modification… me &my boyfriend are going to get matching tattoos when wer 17 or 18 message me back of you need any advice hope this helps anyone with age issues an btw i live in Missouri.

  151. Annabelle Robles says:

    My mom said I couldn’t get a belly piercing until I was 18 but i honestly want one when I turn 14 or 15 so how old do I have to be in Louisiana to get it done

  152. Vann says:

    How much is a microdermal hip piercing in indiana?

  153. melanie says:

    I want spider bites,a cartilage,and 2 g gauges i’m 10 and in Louisana.Is it illegal if my parents come when i get them?

  154. Rebecca says:

    Im from oregon and you cant get a tattoo even with a parent unless you are 18. We all had to go to washington to get tattoos at 16.

  155. Rebecca says:

    melanie, youre 10… trust me when i was ten i wanted piercings too, but now that im 14 i realize that i dont want the piercings i wanted when i was ten.. wait a little longer.. (when i was ten i wanted my dimples pierced) talk about ew

  156. Aliyah says:

    Im 12 years old and I was wondering how old you have to be to get snake bites in the state of Iowa????

  157. jaidyn knutson says:

    So it’s ok for me to get a nose piercing if I’m 13 and from Colorado right?

  158. Gabby says:

    How old do u have to be to get your septum periced?

  159. megan says:

    I’m 14 and I want my belly pierced. Does hurt as bad as getting your nose pierced?
    How would you know if the shop you get it pierced at is a good place to get it done at?

    • nicole says:

      Hi Megan, Everyone has a different pain tolerance – I personally have both piercings and they were about the same pain-wise. It’s over so fast, I barely felt any! The key is take great care of the piercing during the healing process. Here is a link to find an APP certified piercer in your area – http://www.safepiercing.org/

  160. boobear says:

    I just turned 14 and I want to get a nose stud. I want to know if it hurts or can get infected easily? Thanks

    • nicole says:

      Nose piercings are so quick and relatively painless. With proper care infection can be completely avoided as well. Make sure to get all the care instructions from your piercer when you get pierced so you know everything to do. To find an APP certified piercer in your area check this site – http://www.safepiercing.org/locate-a-member/

  161. Alana says:

    So for my birthday, I talked my parents into getting my nose pierced. Of course though in the state we where living you had to be sixteen. We now live in a different state and to get a pierce (other than normal ear piercings) you have to be four teen with parent consent. I have had my eyes set on this piercing for over a year now but I cam slightly worried about the pain. What is the pain difference from the cartilage in your ear to the cartilage in your nose?

    • nicole says:

      Hi Alana,

      Pain tolerance is different for everyone but having both piercings I would have to say they were personally very similar. Another thing to keep in mind.. it’s over so quick, it’s a breeze! Good luck 🙂

  162. shiii says:

    i literally just got my bellybutton pierced like 15 minutes ago

  163. katy says:

    Ok my mom said for my birthday I can get snakebites……I am really really nervous…..does anyone have snakebites and could explain what they do?

  164. Heidi says:

    Is it illegal to get your septum pierced at 15 in Utah? My kid wants it done and I’m willing to sign for it. But we’re unsure of the laws.

    • nicole says:

      Hi Heidi,
      In Utah it looks like written parental consent is required. “The following states require written consent from a parent or guardian for any body piercing or tattooing of someone under 18: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont.”

      To be safe we would recommend visiting the piercing shop prior with your son or daughter to check or going with them for the actual piercing.

  165. josephine says:

    Where is the most recommended place to get a belly pricing in Syracuse NY at 14

  166. Eva says:

    Is it illegal to travel outside of your state to get a piercing. Cuz I live in ms and I am only 1 hour and 25 mins away from tn. My mom said she would take me to get my nose done pluse my triple helix on both sides. And my tragus on both sides. I’m 13. And does any of those hurt? But I’m very pain tolerable.

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Eva,

      It is not illegal to travel outside of your home state to get a piercing. In Tennessee, the law states that since you are under 18:
      – your mother needs to be there in person,
      – provide proof of her own age,
      – and sign a form that the shop will give you guys, consenting to them piercing a minor.

      Before you make the trip, please check out http://www.safepiercing.org/locate-a-member/ to make sure you’re being pierced by a safe, certified piercer!

      As for the pain, those piercings are typically going to be a bit more painful than an earlobe piercing would be.
      You can check out our post here:
      that details some common questions people have before getting pierced.

      Hope that helps!

  167. jolai says:

    can a 12 year old get her noise done in other states she can so..

  168. Stacy says:

    The info for South Carolina is wrong. You not only have to have a parent present for a piercing, you also have to have a doctor’s note saying you are healthy enough to get a non-intimate piercing if you’re between the ages of 13 and 16. Between 16 and 18, you only have to have parent present to sign paperwork giving permission. Before 13, you can only get your ear lobes pierced. And no intimate piercings or tattoos until the age of 18. I’ve done the research and asked local shops because of my niece. She had to have a doctor’s clearance even for a helix piercing at the age of 14.

    • nicole says:

      Hi Stacy, This blog post was written in 2012 so the laws have since changed. Thanks for pointing that out. Upon publishing in 2012 this was the law in South Carolina. A quick search shows this is the current law -“(A) It is unlawful for a person to perform or offer to perform body piercing upon a person under the age of eighteen years, unless the body piercing is performed in the presence of, or as directed by a notarized writing by, the person’s parent or legal guardian.” I did not come across any documentation about a doctor’s note in the code of laws.

  169. Emma says:

    Hey! I’m 15, 16 soon and I’m having trouble exactly figuring out laws. I live in Mass, but I’m going to NH with my mom soon.
    For Mass and NH, as far as state laws go, with my mom present would I be able to get a tattoo? (We’re getting matching ones!)
    If not, what about, Maine or VT? Thanks!

    • Tara says:

      Hi Emma,
      In Massachusetts the tattooing of a minor is completely outlawed, same for New Hampshire and for Maine as well. You can get parental consent in Vermont though. Good luck!

  170. Tiffany says:

    At the age of 13,In the state of Tennessee,can one get their dimple pierced?And while I’m asking also at the age of 13 can one get their tongue pierced?Thanks in advance…

  171. Stephon Johnson says:

    Hi I’m 14 and I already got 1 tattoo when I was in Massachusetts .with my dad I want another one but my mom scared she gonna get in trouble or something . I live in NC and I wanted to know if I could get a tattoo at age 14??

    • Tara says:

      Hi Stephon,
      In North Carolina the tattooing of a minor is outright prohibited, so unfortunately you’ll have to wait until you’re 18 in that state.

  172. NY girl says:

    So I just turned 18 about a week ago, don’t have a drivers license or any form of ID that shows my DOB or age, only a school ID i want to go get anther piercing with my friend, mom doesn’t feel like taking me, do you think the school ID will suffice? or will i have to wait and go with my mom like a kid?

    • Tara says:

      Hey there, if you live in NYS as your user name suggests, to the best of my knowledge piercing parlors only accept these forms of ID:
      Valid Driver’s License
      Current Passport
      Military ID
      Foreign Government ID (with photo)
      State Issued ID

  173. Destiny medlin says:

    I’m 14 I have 2 cartilage piercings and basic bottom and a few other ear piercings. I live in North Carolina I want to get a small tattoo on my hip is it legal here? Al

  174. Chloe says:

    Hi, im 15 and was wondering if anyone knows any places in northern maryland or PA that will do nose piercings.

  175. Savannah M. says:

    I’m 13 and I want to get my snakebites done… I live in Delaware but i need someone close to New Castle, recommendations???

  176. fayth says:

    Can you get a bellybutton percing at 12 with parent
    approval in Elizabethtown Ky??

  177. Reyana Hastings says:

    I just turned 17 on March 2nd and I was wondering: Is it safe to have your friends pierce your nose if you really want it and they can do it all correctly?

    • Tara says:

      Hey Reyana,
      I would strongly recommend against any non-certified person doing a piercing. If you use something like a needle you won’t be able to wear most nose rings because the jewelry will be too large as needles are very small. Proper sterilization would have to be done with an auto-clave on the instruments as well as a large number of factors that make it unwise to undertake.

      • Reyana Hastings says:

        Well my friends mom used to pierce noses for a living. So I was going to have his mom pierce my nose technically. His mom has all the equipment and everything. So his mom is going to do it he is just going to be sitting in the room handing her the equipment when she need it.

  178. Sam says:

    I’m 13 and live in North Carolina. I was wondering what the age laws were for getting a nose piercing, or what kinds of parental consent needs to occur (my parents are okay with the piercing). My friend said that its illegal until I’m 14, but I just wanted to verify that.

  179. Diamond Futchko says:

    I’m 11 and i want to get my nose pierced but is it legal to get it pierced at my age in spokane,wa?

  180. My 12 and 14 year old just got their belly button pierced in TN. I did not give them permission, they knew were I stood on this. Their 30 year old sister took them in and said she was the parent. To teach both lessons I want to file a charge can you advise me on who to call. Thanks

  181. Rebecca says:

    I’m 15 and I was 13 when I had my lip pierced the first time. I had to take it out because of school. i also got my first tattoo at the age of 13. When I turned 14 I got my lip pierced again. And my 15 birthday I got my second tattoo. Neither of them hurt for me, But everyone is different.

  182. Sierra says:

    I’m 15
    I live in russellville arkansas
    can I get my bellybutton pierced with parent presence?

  183. Raven Haynes says:

    Im 15 and Im wanting to get a tattoo for my mom on mothers day. Can I so it since I live in Oklahoma?

    • Tara says:

      Hey Raven,
      In Oklahoma it it illegal for you to get a tattoo under any circumstance, but you can get piercings if your parent is present.

  184. Breeze says:

    I wont a snake bite piercing and a sleeve of tattoos. I have wonted these ever sense I was like 8 or 9 years old btw I just turned 12. My parents wound never let me do either of these. what do I say to them? 🙁

    • Tara says:

      Hey Breeze,
      You’re young still and maybe by the time you’re 16 or so your parents will be more open to the idea of at least the piercings. Don’t worry you’ll get there, until then be patient 🙂

  185. Jenna says:

    I am 17 an live in California. Is it possible if I have a friend that is 19 take me to get my belly button pierced?

  186. Trinity says:

    I will be 15 in a few months. I was wondering when in the state of Pennsylvania can I get a small wrist tattoo with parental consent. Thanks in advance!

  187. Angel says:

    Hey! I really want to get my septum pierced, I’m 13, I live in Arizona, is it legal? I’ve been wanting it for a long time, when’s the soonest I can get it?

    • Tara says:

      Hey Angel,
      You could go anytime if your parents are willing to give consent, but they must be present with you when you go to get it. If they don’t want to give you permission you’ll have to wait until you’re 18.

  188. Christy says:

    Hey, i’m 13 and live in Florida and am trying to find out if there is any age restrictions for me to get a lip piercing, my parents would both give consent so I could get one but they aren’t even sure if i can, i’ve been doing some research but nothing says anything about age…

  189. tyson says:

    im 13 and I want to get a lip piercing in Olympia Washington with my moms consent can I get one

  190. Skylar says:

    I live in California, last year on my 14th birthday I wanted a belly button piercing so my mom took me to a place and they said I had to be 16 in the state of California to get a belly button piercing. even with parental consent they said I had to wait …. Is that true?

    • Tara says:

      Hey Skylar,
      I believe California has updated their laws and now prohibits anyone from performing or offering to perform a piercing upon anyone under age 18 unless the piercing is performed in the presence of a parent or guardian or as directed and notarized by the minor’s parent or guardian.

  191. katelyn says:

    I’m 14 and want to get my bellybutton pierced my self any advice?

    • Tara says:

      Hi Katelyn,
      It’s always best to seek a professional as they have the properly sterilized equipment and lots of training. Depending on where you live you may be able to get it done with some form of parental consent, otherwise you’ll have to wait until you’re 18. Getting your belly pierced by a non professional can lead to excessive scarring and migration of the jewelry, be safe 🙂

  192. abbie says:

    the law for MI is so stupid you can move out of your parents house and they cant do anything about it when your 17 but you cant get a piercing with out then until your 18. funny how the state will let me live on my own without a care in the world but not put a whole in my own body. that’s bullshit

  193. Anon says:

    Anybody know how old you have to be to get your belly button pierced? I’m 15, will be 16 in 6 months. The state I live in says you have to be 16 even with parents consent. (They passed that law last summer.) I’m willing to travel to get it done. (Also just need a vaca) any state that does it being 15? (I also have my nose pierced, cartilage and triple holes.)

    • Tara says:

      Hey Lauren,
      In AR it says your parent must be present, and with most states you’ll find the same age limits and laws. Many shops will have their own policy on the matter as well, some being less willing to deal with minors as it’s risky business for them. Try calling different shops in a state or area you plan on going to, to find certified piercers in different areas try http://www.safepiercing.org. Good luck 🙂

  194. Anon says:

    I’m in AR ^^^^^^^^^^

  195. zalika says:

    I’m 17 and I want my belly button pierced. I live in Missouri but I’m going to Colorado this summer. Is there anywhere I can go without needing my parents consent? It would probably be a bad idea to do it myself, right? I pierced my own ears but thats different.

    • Tara says:

      Hey Zalika,
      in Colorado you have to have parental consent as well as in Missouri. Pretty much everywhere will require parental consent at minimum but you’re only a bit away from turning 18 and then you can freely go get what you’d like pierced!

  196. Jesse says:

    I live is Louisiana and i really want to get a tattoo. Also I’m sixteen and would have parental consent but they would not be present

  197. Tina says:

    I live in New Jersey and I’m only 13 but I want to get a belly piercing really bad and I want to get it without my older cousin bugging me about safety and all that my mom agreed to let me get one when I’m in high school but I’m worried what the rest of the family will think of me.

    • Tara says:

      Hey Tina,
      That’s great your mom agreed to let you get one when you get to high school! In New Jersey most shops will set their own standards for handling the piercing of a minor. You’ll most likely have to have your mom accompany you to the shop. It’s important to remember it’s your body, you own it. Having your family’s support and approval is nice but if that’s what you really want don’t let fear of judgement hold you back. Plus, a belly ring can always be removed! When you are ready you can find an APP certified piercer near you at http://www.safepiercing.org

  198. Chy says:

    My question for you is if I was traveling or through or visiting family in Oregon and decided I wanted to get a tattoo and I live in Washington would it be illegal since I am 15 almost 16 and I live in Washington?

    • Tara says:

      Hey Chy,
      In Oregon, tattooing is prohibited on anyone under the age of 18-regardless of parental or legal guardian consent. In other words, even if you have permission, the tattoo artist who gave you the tattoo would be in violation of state law and subject to disciplinary action.

  199. Emma says:

    Hey I will be 13 next month i live in VA but i want to get snake bites. i’m not sure how my mom feels about this though. both of my sisters being 19 and 21 got their nose pierced a while ago and she’s fine with that but they aren’t her real kids. what should i do to convince my mom?

    • Tara says:

      Hey Emma,
      Try talking to your mom if you don’t know how she feels about it! I’m guessing though that because both of your sisters are over 18, is why she was ok with it. Just be patient and good luck!

  200. Lindsay says:

    Cartilage hurts when they pierce it but after you leave and its all done its fine and doesnt hurt to clean it and spin it. But at least 3x a day clean it and spin about 5 times, cartilage gets infected easily if you dont take care of it. And warning your hair can get caught in it

  201. Abby V. says:

    I’m looking to get an industrial piercing on my ear & my mom has agreed to it. The problem is I have no idea what the age restriction is in Arizona. I’m only 13 but im planing on going to a professional piercing shop. My mom is coming with but we aren’t sure exactly how old I have to be. Does anyone know?

    I am aware of the pain it will bring and the responsibilities of taking care of it. I have 4 piercings already and they have never gotten infected.

    • Tara says:

      Hey Abby,
      As long as your parent is physically present or gives written consent you should be fine, although it can depend on each shop’s policies.

  202. Alexander says:

    Hey, so I’m 14 and it is legal for me to get a piercing in Idaho. But, I was wondering if my guardian is unable to be present but, gives permission can my 26 year old sibling take me? If so, what would I have to do?

  203. Sophia cx says:

    haii, erm…. I want the monroe, belly button, cartilage, &tragus piercings… I want ya’lls opinions. what age should I get it done? &what age is it okay for me to get them in Texas?

    • Tara says:

      Hi Sophia,
      Texas law requires you to have written parental consent and for your parent to be present for the piercing, if you are under 18.

  204. Alexes says:

    Im 13 and I live in Massachusetts and wanted to know how old you have yo be to get a madonna peircing

    • Tara says:

      The only piercings for which Massachusetts specifies a minimum age requirement are nipple and genital piercings, which can only be performed on adults age 18 or older. All other piercings may be performed on minors at each piercer’s discretion. Most Massachusetts shops require that a parent or legal guardian be present when a minor is pierced, and each shop sets their own guidelines as to which piercings they’ll perform at which ages.

  205. Talia says:

    I’m 11 am I old to get a nose piercing in tx?

    • Tara says:

      Hey Talia,
      Texas law requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian. So it’s up to your parents!

  206. Bianca Skinner says:

    Um im 12 and my said im allowed to get my septum percied for my 13th birthday i live in florida am i allowed ???

    • Tara says:

      Hey Bianca,
      Florida state law requires written notarized consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian, and an establishment may not perform body piercing on a minor under the age of 16 unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

  207. Kenzie says:

    I live in Minnesota and I would like to know if I could get a nose piercing I am 12 years of age.

  208. Brynn says:

    Hey, im almost 12 and i really want snake bites. I live in Florida, so is it legal?

    • Tara says:

      Hey Brynn,
      According to florida law, you’ll need written notarized consent of your parents or legal guardian, and an establishment may not perform body piercing on a minor under the age of 16 unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

  209. Eve says:

    Is it legal to get your tongue pierced at 14 in Ohio? (with parent’s permission)

  210. cheyanne d. says:

    Hi I’m 11 turning 12 I live in Florida could I get spider bites or not?

    • Tara says:

      Hey Cheyanne,
      Florida state law requires written notarized consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian, and an establishment may not perform body piercing on a minor under the age of 16 unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. So it’s up to your parents!

  211. I’m 12 years old and I’m a girl. My parents and my school won’t allow me to get piercings until I get into high school which makes sense because I suggest to not get piercings until you’ve gone through puberty and stopped growing cuz if you get a piercing at my age and you’re still growing then the piercing could get pushed out of your body and/or rip something. Hope this helped 🙂

    • Tara says:

      Hey Rhiana,
      It’s definitely good to wait until you’re older, you will change so much in just a few years. But while piercings can sometimes reject, this is not due to the body growing but more often a misplacement of the jewelry or bad materials used.

  212. renee says:

    I am 13 and my mom took me to get my industrial piercing but the place wouldnt so it unless i was 16. So i was wondering wheres a place that will do it in colorado??

    • Tara says:

      Hey Renee,
      In Colorado there appears to be no legal minimum, but often shops will set their own standards on age restriction. So you may have to call around. Colorado requires that the artist has received express consent from the minor’s parent or guardian.

  213. Becka says:

    I would like to know if my19 yr old boyfriend could sign for me a tattoo in Alabama?

  214. Dinosaur says:

    My friend is 13 and wants to get their cartilage pierced, but doesn’t know the legal age. They will be in Indiana on vacation with their aunt some time and want to get it while they are there, but we have tried to look up the legal age and can’t find it. I am pretty sure you have to have a parent/guardian’s signature, which that will be fine, but they really wanting to get it don’t because their older sister got hers done when she was 14. My friend really wants to know the algal age, so if you know please tell me. Thank you

    • Tara says:

      In Indiana the state requires a minor’s parent or legal guardian to be present AND have written permission in order to either tattoo or perform a body piercing on a minor under age 18.

  215. Kimberly says:

    If you want to get a piercing at 16 in Georgia do both of your parents have to be there or can it just be one of them?

  216. Jo says:

    I live in Florida, and I’m turning 13 in September. My parents agreed to me getting my nose pierced, but we aren’t sure of the age qualifications here. Does anyone know the law/s concerning the age to which a minor can get a piercing? Thank you!!!

    • Tara says:

      Hey Jo,
      Florida requires written notarized consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian, and an establishment may not perform body piercing on a minor under the age of 16 unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

  217. Danika says:

    I live in marinette and I want to get my nose done but I don’t know how old I have to be in 15. Does anyone know how old I have to be?!

    • Tara says:

      It’s illegal for those under 16. Persons aged 16-17 may receive written consent in the presence of the shop operator from their parent of guardian.

  218. Skyra H. says:

    I am 17 and I am planning on getting my tongue pierced this weekend. Is their a age restriction at elite body piercing in myrtle beach south carolina or in any place in south carolina?

  219. lila says:

    Im 15 and i want my lip pierced but im in nebraska but going back to Minnesota

    In a few weeks but im not with my mom im with my cousins right now nd i wanted to get my lip pierced for a year now but my mom told me to wait until i turned 15 but i dont know if they would want my mothers permission?

  220. Miah says:

    I’m 14 but, I will be 15 later this month. My mom said I could get my belly button pierced and I know a lot of people who got it done but, as far as i can tell it’s illegal for me to get it done. If not, what do I need to do to get it done? If so, can I go to a different state to get it done? Please help.

    • Jodie says:

      Hey Miah,

      All of this will depend on what state you are talking about. Most states simply require parental consent under the age of 18, however it is illegal in some states to pierce anyone under the age of 16.

  221. Aleksandr says:

    I live in Wisconsin and would like to get my tongue pierced… Only issue is in 14 and the legal age is 16(with a parents consent) .. My friends mom said she could do it, she’s pierced my friends lip and cartilage (in the ear).. Should I wait or trust her?..

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Aleksandr,

      You should wait! It is highly unsafe to let anyone perform a piercing on you who isn’t a certified piercer. You’ll be 16 before you know it and you can have your tongue pierced by a professional who will make sure everything is done properly 🙂

  222. Jess says:

    I want my lip pierced, I’m 13 and I’ll be 14 in September (next month), What’s the age requirement for lip piercings in Washington?

  223. Victoria says:

    Yo! I’m 13 and I REALLY want my nose septum pierced. I can’t find any law that says I have to be 15 to get it peirced, but all the shops My mom called said that. Why? I live in West Virginia

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Victoria,

      Even if there are no state laws governing the minimum age of body piercing, any certified professional shop will enforce guidelines for minimum age that they believe to be the safest practice. It’s very uncommon for any shop to allow body piercing for someone under the age of 14.

  224. Leanne Thom says:

    I live in rushden and I want snake bites but my mum wont come ,how old do you have to be to get them on your own?

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Leanne,

      As for body piercing laws in England, “Children under the age of 16 may need to have a parent or guardian with them.” If you’re over 16, give the shop a call. Individual shops are allowed by law to have restrictions on what piercings they will perform on those under 18. Hope this helps!

  225. Marie says:

    I have a questions I live in Maryland and am 16 would I be allowed to get a septum piercing with out parenteral consent.

  226. Shalonda says:

    I live in Statesboro an I’m 15 and I was wondering how old do you have to be to get a nose piercing.

  227. Sonita says:

    I live in Washington state, and I’ll be 15 in October. Is it legal for me to get my eyebrow pierced with my parent’s consent & presence? Also do they need to bring any papers or anything? And as for me, do I need to bring anything like my student ID ?

    • Jodie says:

      Hey Sonita,

      Washington requires your parent’s written consent or presence under the age of 18, but some shops might require you to be 16 for a piercing. I would just call and check to be sure. All you need to bring is something proving your age and that your parents are your legal guardians.

  228. hailey says:


  229. kyley says:

    My name is kyley in this October im turning 13 i live in Arkansas do you think i can get my belly button done?? my sister done hers at 13 but not sure about the laws and things now.

  230. tailor says:

    Hi im 16 and my mom passed away when i was 8. I was taken in by my grandparents but they kicked me out at age 16. So i live alone. But i do have a 19 year old boyfriend who i have been with for a year now. Anyway. Would i be able to get a tattoo in utah without there consent? I want to get my moms name on my wrist and a flower on my shoulder.

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Tailor,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. It’s very cool that you want to commemorate her like that! Unfortunately, without the permission & written consent of a legal guardian, you will need to wait until you’re 18 or you graduate for high school to get those tattoos done in Utah. Best of luck with everything!

  231. Sarah says:

    Then why here in CA I’m being told I can’t get my daughters cartilage pierced until she is 16?

  232. Edith says:

    I’m 17 and I live with my aunt. There is no proof that I live with her except for her telling them. Am I able to get my tongue pierced without my actual parents and just her? In Texas btw

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Edith,

      If your aunt is not your legal guardian, she will not be able to consent your piercing. If your parents cannot give you that, you’ll have to just wait until you’re 18. Not much longer to go! 🙂

  233. Gloria says:

    I’m 15, but I’ll be 16 January 20th, I want a nose piercing but my parents won’t allow it, is there any way I could get one without parent consent? At all? Also I live in Georgia but I visit Oregon (my home state) quite often so could I get a piercing in Oregon or does it have to be in the state I live in?

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Gloria,

      Unfortunately there’s no way you’d be able to get the piercing done in either state. Georgia requires written consent from your parents, and Oregon prohibits piercings on anyone under 18.

  234. Nadine says:

    y’all, I’m going to be 18 in a few months and I don’t live with either of my parents. I live with my older sister who just turned 20. Instead of a parent, could she suit the roll of “legal guardian” and give consent to a piercing even though it was never registered with the state that she’s my legal guardian?

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Nadine,

      You’ll have to wait until you turn 18 if your sister isn’t legally your guardian. After 18, you can get all of the piercings you want! 🙂

  235. becca says:

    Bad scars on both arms live in Cali, can I get tattoo done in nv with mom with me. Part of my healing. I’m 16 soon to be 17 in three months.

  236. Dylan O'Brosey says:

    I’m turning 15 in a couple months and I live in Arizona. My mom has a friend who is a tattoo artist. Is it illegal for him to give me a tattoo?

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Dylan,

      As long as your mom is there and gives permission, you might be able to. Check with the shop he works at to be sure of the age requirement though!

  237. lilly says:

    im 12 and i live in Massachusetts and i want snake bites so bad and 3 little tattoos am i old enough

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Lilly,

      Massachusetts law states anyone under 18 cannot be tattooed. With your parents permission you might be able to get the piercings — each shop sets their own guidelines as to which piercings they’ll perform at which ages.

  238. Shyla says:

    Hey… I’m 14 an I want to get my cartilage (industrial) pierced in South Carolina… Is it legal with parental consent???

  239. Kat says:

    I’m 12 turning 13 in August, my school allows piercings. Can I get like a nose stud in Colorado?

  240. Amanda Smith says:

    Do you absolutely have to have an id to a tattoo even if you are way over 18

  241. Ashley says:

    How bad does it hurt to get a belly pierced? Anoy answer me plz!

    • Jodie says:

      Hey Ashley!

      It’s honestly different for everyone. Pain tolerance is an individual thing.

      My own personal experience went something like this:
      Initial reaction to pain as the needle went through – Squeezed my BFF’s hand super tight, felt more like pressure than anything else.
      Immediately after the jewelry went in – “Wow, that wasn’t so bad.”

      There are much more painful piercings than your belly button, that’s for sure!

  242. Kate says:

    I am going to Wisconsin Dells in July and my 16th birthday is in August but I would really like to get my nose pierced before that is there any where you know I could be 15 almost 16 with my parents there and they will do it?

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Kate,

      In the state of Wisconsin, it is illegal to pierce anyone under the age of 16 regardless of parental consent.

  243. Harlee Nichole says:

    My sister is 28 years old and I am 14 and she wants me to get a sister tattoo with her. If I have my dad sign for me can I get one? I live in North Carolina!

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Harlee,

      Unfortunately in North Carolina, tattoos are illegal to be performed on any minor, regardless of parental consent.

  244. Wystria says:

    What about in Wisconsin, and do you need parental consent? I haven’t heard anything about WI..

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Wysteria,

      In Wisconsin, piercings are illegal for those under 16. Persons aged 16-17 may receive written consent in the presence of the shop operator from their parent of guardian.

  245. Lacey says:

    Hello, my names Lacey and I’m a 14 year old girl (soon to be 15)
    I want a nipple piercing and I live in Idaho, is there an issue with getting a nipple piercing at my age? (I want it for my 15th birthday)

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Lacey,

      A nipple piercing is considered an intimate piercing, and therefore will be illegal on minors (anyone under 18) in most states.

  246. Girl_too_lazy says:

    Hi I’m Thalia I’m 12 turning 13 in May I wanted to ask at what age u could get ur nose pierced in Kentucky does anyone now?

    • Jodie says:

      Hey Thalia,

      Current law in Kentucky states that “A written notarized consent, with an official seal and with the signature of a custodial parent or legal guardian, shall be obtained for all minors prior to body piercing or ear piercing.” You’ll have to check with the shop to see if they have a minimum age requirement.

      • Basic Bitches says:

        Hey Jodie – I have a question since you seem to know a lot about this. I’m 13, 14 on July 12, and I’d like to know if in the state of South Carolina is it legal for my belly button to get pierced WITH parent consent. Oh, and, on a scale of 1-10 how much does it hurt?

        • Jodie says:

          Hey there! Piercings are illegal under 18 in South Carolina, even with parental consent. :/ If your parents are going to allow it and your family plans on traveling out of state anytime soon, you might be able to get it done somewhere else. My own experience having my belly button pierced, I’d rate it about a 5 on a scale of 1-10. The process itself is pretty quick. The tenderness afterwards can be a bit annoying, but nothing major.

          Hope that helps!

  247. Skyler Harvey says:

    how old do you have to be to get your nose periced in Texas ???

    • Jodie says:

      Hey Skyler,

      In Texas you need to be 18 for body piercing without a parent’s permission. You can check with your local shop to see what their minimum age requirement is, some places won’t pierce anyone under 16.

  248. Courtney says:

    I live in Illinois and I’m turning 13 at the end of the month. For my birthday I want to get my lip pierced, I found a great tattoo and piercing place and my mom said she was fine with it, do you think I’ll be able to do it?

    • Jodie says:

      Hey Courtney!

      There are no laws in IL that would prevent you from getting one done with your mom’s written permission, but you guys should double check with the shop on their guidelines for a minimum age. Glad you found a great place though! Good luck!

  249. Kristina says:

    I’m 13 and I would like to get a Smiley Piercing for my 14th birthday in October. My dad said it is fine if I get one but my mom says no because of the infections and stuff you could get. I mean, I’m totally up for taking the risk of infection to have one because I have read a lot on how to maintain it and stuff but she still thinks I am too young and irresponsible to have one. How old do you have to be in th state of Indiana to get a piercing with only one parents approval. I want it so bad!

    • Jodie says:

      Hey Kristina,

      You only need one parent to be present and give written permission, so as long as your dad goes with you, that’s sufficient. You’ll have to check with a shop individually for the minimum age they’ll pierce at.

  250. Austin says:

    Ok I am 13 about to turn 14 I want to know If it hurts to get your tongue peirced I live in sulphur lousiana can I do it and does it hurt on a scale of 1-10

    • Jodie says:

      Hey Austin!

      You’ll need your parents permission for sure, but you may have to double check with some local shops on their guidelines for minimum age. The law states anyone under 18 must have their parent/guardian present, but some shops will require you to be at least 16 for any type of body piercing besides your earlobes.

      I do not personally have my tongue pierced, but here’s a video of one being done so you can see the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZwtPoZLIsg&index=33&list=PLBAA13D110E88C6A1

      Hope this helps!

  251. Allison says:

    I’m 12 can I get my belly button pierced? With my mom ?

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Allison,

      More than likely you will have to wait until you’re 16, but it depends on where you live. Give a local piercing shop a call (or have your mom do it) and they’ll be able to better advise you as to what the minimum age requirement is and if it would be allowed with your mom’s permission.

  252. Allie says:

    I am 14 and they say that I can not get a pricing in my cartilage at the mall I live in arkansas

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Allie,

      You should try going to a professional piercing shop to have that done! We always advise against going to the mall for cartilage piercings. You’ll definitely need parental consent for it either way. As outlined above, Arkansas law states that tattoos and piercings are “Illegal to be performed on a minor without the written consent and presence of one of the minor’s parents, a guardian or a custodian.”

  253. Nobody says:

    So, to clarify, In Mississippi, you can’t get your cartilage pierced at ALL

    • Jodie says:

      If you’re a minor, that’s correct. Any form of body piercing is illegal until you’re 21 according to Mississippi law.

  254. London says:

    I’m 12 and I want to get my tounge pierced I live in a small town called San Angelo Texas my parents said I could can I ?

    • Jodie says:

      Hi London,

      Texas law states minors need parental consent, however, some shops have further guidelines for a minimum age they’ll perform body piercings at. I would check with a local shop, let them know your parents will come to give consent, and they can let you know if it’s possible. Hope this helps! 🙂

  255. tay man says:

    do u have to have an id in new mexico if ur 16 and wont a piercing

    • Jodie says:

      You’ll need documentation stating that your parent/guardian is in fact your parent/guardian, so a birth certificate or something to identify you. You’ll also need written consent from your guardian to have a piercing done.

  256. Kayla Collier says:

    Hey, I’m 12 and I live in Wisconsin. I want a nose piercing and both of my parents are okay with it. Is it legal?

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Kayla,

      Unfortunately, body piercings are illegal for anyone under the age of 16 in Wisconsin, regardless of parental consent. Once you turn 16 you’ll be able to get it done 🙂

  257. Sarah says:

    I’m 16 and I want to get my nose pierced. I heard it’s illegal in the state of NJ to get a nose piercing with the gun–is that true? (I’m not talking about the side effects of getting a nose piercing with a gun versus the needle–I know the risks that getting pierced with a gun can have) I’m just asking about the law right now. Thanks!

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Sarah,

      A certified piercer is only going to do a nose piercing with a needle. The law establishes regulations for professional piercers, and those laws are designed to regulate safety of body piercing practices. Typically the only piercings that should be done with a gun are ear piercings.

  258. Mary says:

    I’m 16 and I live in Pennsylvania. I’ve had my lobes pierced and my cartilage pierced four times, though one had gotten an infection and had to be taken out. I still have the three.

    I’m dying for a septum ring, but I have no idea how to convince my parents to allow it. I mean, if they allowed me a fake one, why not get the real thing? Any ideas on how I should present my case to them?

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Mary,

      Here’s my advice for convincing them. Continue to care for your other piercings, and take every opportunity you have to show them that you’re good at taking care of your body. Your parents will be more willing to listen to your choices if they know that you respect your body. The septum piercing is a super versatile piercing! The jewelry you can wear in it can range from flashy to very moderate pieces. My favorite part about it is you can wear a retainer (http://www.bodycandy.com/cgi-bin/category/noseretainer) and flip the jewelry up inside of your nose to hide it! If that’s part of your parents concern, then that’ll be your strongest argument right there.

      If they still say no, as hard as it’ll be, waiting until you’re old enough to make the decision for yourself will also be rewarding in its own way. 🙂

  259. Hannah says:

    Hi I am 12 years old in the state of north caralina and I want a belly button piercing, I know that I have to have my parents consent but I wanted to know the minimum age that piercers wil even perform on a person

    • Jodie says:

      Hey Hannah,

      Each piercing shop will establish its own guidelines for a minimum age. North Carolina law just states your parents must give written consent. I would call your local shop and let them know that you have your parents permission and ask them what their minimum age is.

  260. Ashley says:

    I’m 13 and Live in Tennessee. I have my parents permission so would I be able to or not??

    • Jodie says:

      Hey Ashley,

      Some places will require you be at least 16, even with parental consent. You’ll have to check with your local shop to see what the minimum age is.

  261. Maddie says:

    Hello! I’m fifteen, thinking of getting my helix pierced, but I’m not sure how to go about doing it. I’ve pierced both of my earlobes myself (dangerous, I know, but they seem to be doing okay) but I don’t have piercing needles so I don’t want to do the helix myself. I’m untrained, I don’t have the right equipment, so many things could go wrong. Thing is, my mom won’t allow me to get myself piercing needles, and she’s not the type of person to bring me to an actual piercing place. Basically the only other option that she’s okay with is going to the mall and getting it done with a gun, which I understand is a horrible idea. However, I also am an impatient person and don’t want to wait until I’m older.

    Any suggestions on what to do? If I end up doing it myself (dumb idea, I know, but I don’t need the lecture), do you know if there’s any special precautions I have to take to avoiding damaging my ear?

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Maddie,

      We cannot advise doing piercings on your own. I totally understand being impatient (trust me, I was when I was your age too) but the only way to avoid damaging your ear would be to have a professionally trained piercer do the piercing for you. Have you tried explaining to your mom that this is something you really want done? Some piercing salons will just require your mom to sign a consent form, not necessarily that she has to be there in person.

  262. Willow says:

    oh and I was also wondering what the legal age to get piercings and tattoos in Minnesota and California

    • Jodie says:

      Hi Willow! In California, all minors will need a parent or legal guardian present for body piercings to give verbal and written consent, as well as being present for the piercing itself. Minnesota requires written consent, so your parents would need to sign a form. Minimum age requirements will differ from shop to shop. Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor in both of these states.

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