In Georgia, it’s illegal for children under the age of 18 to get tattoos. There’s no such thing as “proper parental permission.” Authorities will arrest the parent if he or she allows a child to receive a tattoo. And the artist, too, for that matter.
Chuntera Napier, of Acworth (said) that her 12-year-old son, Malik, was struck and killed by a motorist in Macon about two years ago, and her other son, Gaquan, wanted a tattoo like hers to remember his older brother by.
“My son came to me and said, ‘Mama, I want to get a tattoo with Malik on it, rest in peace,’” Napier said. “It made me feel good to know to know that he wanted his brother on him.”
She said she did not know it is illegal in Georgia to tattoo anyone under the age of 18.
“What do I say to a child who wants to remember his brother? It’s not like he’s asking me if can I get him a Sponge Bob,” she said. “He’s asking me for something that’s in remembrance of his brother. Well, how do I tell a child no?”
Uh, you tell them NO. Or you say, “You can have the tattoo for your eighteenth birthday.”