Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznare
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tattooing Children

We’ve previously touched on the difficulty of drawing a line between permitting parents to make certain medical decisions and having the state do so.  What about tattooing children with primitive instruments?  Is there something wrong with that?  How is different from piercing a baby’s ears, other than the permanency of having a “mom and dad” tattoo on your arm?


CHATTOOGA COUNTY, Ga. - A Georgia couple is out of jail on bond after being arrested for tattooing six of their children.

Investigators say they put their children in danger, but they say they did nothing wrong.

Investigators said a plastic pen body with a needle made of a guitar string connected to an electric motor was used to tattoo the six children.

Read more here.


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Traditionally speaking, in our society ear piercing is perceived as being aesthetic and feminine. Tatooing on the other hand, there is nothing traditional or feminine about tatooing. Tatooing a child just smacks of child it a gut feeling.

Posted by: Tulsa Attorney | Jan 9, 2011 6:26:09 PM

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