5 Ways To Convince Your Teen Not To Get A Permanent Tattoo

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Convincing your teen of anything that you think is best for them is usually a difficult task. The simple act of forbidding something usually makes them desire the item more. This applies to everything, including tattoos. With tattoos being very popular at this time, convincing your teen not to alter their body permanently will take some clever parenting skills.

1. Ten Years Later Debate. Ask your teen if they think that the theme of their tattoo is still going to apply to their life in ten, twenty, or thirty years. Ask them if they believe that the tattoo they want will impact their future by preventing them from getting a good job or meeting the right partner. While this type of debate usually just results in them groaning at you or rolling their eyes, these thoughts will stay in the back of their head when they think about this tattoo. In most cases, you need to combine this option with one other from the list to make it most effective.

2. Infection And Reconstruction. This tactic should scare them into reconsidering their choice. Show them pictures of infected tattoos and explain what type of reconstructive surgery has to be performed to correct the area. Show them severely scared people who had infected tattoos and had to have plastic surgery. Explain the potential to contract Hepatitis or AIDS from dirty tattoo needles.

3. Cost of Removal. Tell them how expensive it is to have a tattoo removed at a later date and how it scars the body. Explain to them that tattoo removal is painful and usually requires several sessions. Also explain that these surgeries are not guaranteed to be 100 percent successful, so they can end up with a disfigured tattoo on them, which will look worse.

4. Offer Matching Tattoos. Embarrass your teen into thinking more seriously about getting a tattoo by telling them that you will get a matching one. This usually makes your teen stop whatever they are planning and run. Whenever a parent wants to become that involved in a teens “personal” life, they usually opt for something else.

5. Provide A Real Alternative. Tell your teen that you agree with their decision to use body art as a way to express themselves, but that you think temporary tattoos may be a more reasonable action. Explain to them that this will provide them with a way to express themselves, while not permanently attaching that expression to their body. Additionally, you can let them know that this alternative also provides them a way to change their expressions over time as they grow as a person and experience different things.

In the end, whether you use any of these tips or a method of your own, it is important that you stress to your teen how reckless it is to place permanent, scarring tattoos on their body. Let them know that what seems cool now can really impact their future.


This guest post was written by Melanie Fleury. While she is proud of the tattoos she now sports, there have been several coverups done to correct mistakes. Choosing to get a temporary tattoo is a great alternative. You can change designs at a whim and there is no pain or regret involved.



  1. I tried these things to stop my daughter getting a tattoo, she now has 11 of them so that is how good they worked but she is a stubborn headstrong person

    • Personally, I think if someone is going to get a tattoo they will get one whether you want them to or not. Once they are an adult it’s their choice what they do to their body.

  2. I think the last paragraph is a bit harsh “In the end, whether you use any of these tips or a method of your own, it is important that you stress to your teen how reckless it is to place permanent, scarring tattoos on their body.”

    I have many tattoos and, although I agree that we should stress to our children that they must think long and hard on whether they want a tattoo for life and what design they would like, it is in no ways always reckless to do even as a teenager. I had my first tattoo at 19 and, in order to make sure I would continue to love the tattoo, I simply placed a photo of it in my room so that everyday for a year I would wake up and see it. I figured that if, after a year, I still wanted it, then I was good to go. And, I still love that tattoo a decade later.

    Sometimes teenagers make smart decisions. We should give them some credit. And, I think it’s better they logically think about a tattoo than to simply scare them out of their own decision to change their own body.

    • I’m sorry! I am sure Melanie didn’t mean it that way. I agree it is something that one needs to think about long and hard about. I feel if an adult wants to get a tattoo it is their choice. It’s their body. They have to live with it not you. I do not have one personally but my SIL has tons. And I LOVE her. We all are unique and like different things. To each their own I say 🙂

  3. I have three daughters and all three have tattoos and piercings. One has stretched ear lobes. None of your tips worked for me which can be frustrating. At least they thought it out for months before they choose a particular tattoo.

    • Yeah, everyone has their own tastes. My SIL has the stretched ears too. One is infected now though so she has to let it heal before restretching it. Ouch.

  4. I am totally against tattoos. I think they still have a stigma.

    • I personally wouldn’t get one either. And would prefer my children not to be covered in them but if they are adults I really can’t do much about it.

  5. My mom gave permission for me to get a tattoo when I was 17, but then I got into a car wreck when it snowed. I got grounded and couldn’t get the tattoo. I’m so glad I didn’t. It was of a rose wrapped around a sword. Talk about incredibly cheesy… so glad I don’t have to live with that regret.

    • I’m surprised you didn’t go get it once you were of age. I have never had the yearning for a tattoo. If I ever did get one though it would have to be in spots that can be covered up. It can be hard for people with tattoos to get a job and not to mention you don’t see many old people sporting them once they start wrinkling.

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