What Tattoo Parlors In Iowa Will Let You Get A Tattoo At 16?

I want a tattoo, and my mom said it’s okay. It’s definitely not one I will regret. My friend just died and I want it in memory of him. What specific parlors in or around Iowa will let you get a tattoo at 16 with parental consent?

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crazzy_n  on May 5th, 2013

Sorry kiddo, you have to be 18 to get a tattoo in Iowa regardless of consent. Any place willing to tattoo you is breaking the law, and not a safe place to be tattooed at. Period. If they’re willing to break the law to make a buck tattooing you, imagine what sterilization procedures they might be glazing over, or skipping all together in order to lower overhead costs.
It’s just not worth it. Wouldn’t it be horrible to get this tattoo for such an honorable reason, and then end up with Hepatitis or HIV? That’s not what your friend would have wanted for you.
However, if your mom isn’t opposed to a road trip, the neighboring states of Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota all legally allow minors to be tattooed with parental consent (in some of them, the parent must be present for the tattooing as well). But as a warning, this does not mean all shops in these states will tattoo you. Shops can and do set their own age limits, as long as it’s withing the law. If you’re going to visit a shop in one of these states, do a little research and call ahead to be sure that they will do it. You’ll also probably have to book an appointment. Especially if it’s a good/popular shop, you probably won’t be able to walk in and get your tattoo.
Good luck. And if all else fails, remember, 18 is only two years away. That’s not too long to wait for a good, safe tattoo.

tehsquar  on May 5th, 2013

There might be some that do. Don’t go to a place that doesn’t want parental consent, why would they care about sanitation if they don’t care about the law?

Since you been gone  on May 6th, 2013

Any parlour will let you get tattoed with parental consent. Ask people who are tattooed which is the safest parlour.

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