I was talking to my artist the other day about how i knew a kid when I was younger with a tattoo at 10, She didn't sound surprised at all. She said that although most tattoo studios won't do it you can give tattoos to a child of any age with parental consent.

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I was blown away and slightly horrified. Is there any truth to this? If my 2 year old wanted a Spiderman tattoo and I signed the consent form could he legally be given that tattoo?

I googled it but the only things I could find said that under the age of 18 in Canada (16 in some provinces) the client would need parental consent. Nothing about a minimum age with consent.


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She said that although most tattoo studios won't do it you can give tattoos to a child of any age with parental consent.

True, at least in Ontario.

If my 2 year old wanted a Spiderman tattoo and I signed the consent form could he legally be given that tattoo?

Theoretically yes. Practically, the artist could just as easily call CAS and make your afternoon awkward. There's also the small issue of the artist becoming known as "the guy who inked a fuckin toddler", thereby making him basically unemployable. I'd say that's a more effective deterrent.


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but what if it was a dope back-piece with amazing lifework and shading? /s


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Also if its legally allowed would they be able to call CAS. I feel like they should be allowed to but if you're not doing anything illegal can they enforce anything on you?

Edit: and like another commenter said how similar would it be to just piercing a kids ears


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When I wanted a tattoo at 16, the parlor in my Canadian city said I needed parental consent. I got the tattoo on my 18th birthday though.


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This is not a criminal matter, so it's left up to individual provinces to set minimum age restrictions.

Some provinces, like British Columbia and Quebec, don't have any specific age restrictions for Tattoos. Theoretically a child can get a tattoo even without parental consent.

When a province has no legal statute specifying a minimum age, then ultimately it comes down to what the tattoo parlour will allow.

Most tattoo parlours will only agree to tattoo adults (or sometimes teens with explicit parental consent) either for ethical reasons, PR/reputation reasons, or because they are concerned about being sued in civil court.

Even if it's not criminal or specifically illegal under statutory law, it's still generally possible to sue someone if they have caused harm or damages to you. In the case of a child, it's usually possible for the parents to sue on the child's behalf.

So theoretically a tattoo parlour could get sued by the child's parents for giving a tattoo to their child without parental consent even if the law does not specify any minimum age for getting tattoos in that province.

It's a particularly complicated issue in Quebec though because Quebec does not use a common law legal system. Instead they use a more European-style civil code system. This means a lot of the precedents regarding tort law established in common law countries and provinces do not necessarily apply in Quebec.

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So the simple answer is that there is no universal age restriction in Canada, it depends on the province (and not all provinces have a minimum age specified in law).