Shame on the community leaders in Webster, Mass who passed a law allowing children as young as 14-years old the opportunity to get tattooed. And get this – their reasoning is to ensure public health?!
The Webster Board of Health passed a new regulation allowing 14-year-olds to 17-year-olds to get tattoos at licensed shops if their parents approve and come with them. Town officials said they are trying to keep the younger teenagers away from unlicensed tattoo artists who work out of their homes, in an effort to prevent the spread of disease.
“If they want a tattoo they’re going to get a tattoo, therefore we want to make sure they get a tattoo from a reputable source,” said Cathleen Liberty, a Webster health agent.
WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?
As one commenter noted, “So, using this logic, if kids want to buy prescription drugs, lets sell them to them from a drug store instead of letting them buy them off the street.”
A lot of parents in Webster are angry about the decision in addition to some of the licensed tattoo artists in the town. The artists say 14-years-old is just too young for a tattoo and we couldn’t agree more.
Shame on the Webster Board of Health for doing a disservice to the industry and risking the health of young children even more with their backwards law.