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Tattoos and Piercing

There is no law in BC that says how old you have to be get tattoos or body piercings. The Ministry of Health recommends that studios get parents’ consent before working on people under 19. Some studios have their own rules. For example, some studios won’t give tattoos or piercings to youth under the age of 17 without their parent’s written permission.

No matter what your age, studios should make sure you are giving your informed consent. That means you understand the risks and have the maturity to make the decision, you are getting the work done because you want to (and not because someone is pressuring you to) and that you are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If you are thinking about getting body or facial piercings take a look at the information on the Kids Help Phone website.