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Tattoos are en vogue. Nearly every celeb, ball player, actor, and homie around the way has one. I have one and hope to add another, so it’s only normal for teens to want what they think everyone else has.

But should they get it?

Recently 50 Cent gushed via Twitter about taking his pal’s 13-year-old son to get tatted up. All over his arms.

Although the tats look a little fake to me (fresh tattoos are raised and usually red), I wouldn’t put it past 50 to get the kid inked.

But how young is too young?

Most states  have laws stating that tattoos are for those 18 and over, unless a parent consents (except Georgia), but I’ve seen several teens walking around with freshly inked arms and I’m always caught off guard.

When I was teaching, one of my students tattooed a bomb on his bicep that looked more like a happy pumpkin (of course, I told him so), while another inked his grandmother’s name on his forearm. Although child tatted her initials on her neck, and yet another had a Tupac-esque stomach tat.

I was undone.

Who were these parents? (Yes, I asked this too). And why did they allow these children to make permanent impressions on their bodies when they were so young?

Although I can appreciate a well-done tattoo and see them as art, I also know that our culture’s rush to allow kids to act like adults is extremely problematic.

So, how young is too young to get inked? 

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