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    Default Would you tattoo your baby/child?

    This is sort of a tangent from the other thread about prohibiting circumcision, I thought I would ask others about a practice I've only just heard about which is being picked up on the peripheral radar of family law and social services in the UK (predictably). I'll start with how I heard about it.

    It began with a picture advertising a tattooists in the neighbouring town which someone who I know is expecting posted on facebook of a baby with photoshopped tattoos on them. I asked them if they thought it was real or anyone would ever tattoo a baby, they said no it was only promo material but that they knew of cultures in which children, adolescents and adults get tattoos as a rite of passage. So at this point I was thinking that would be a good subject for a topical discussion and made the link with the other thread.

    However, I found out since then that there are families considering employing tattoos as child protection measures (this is where the authorities get involved, the trauma contra the possibly benefits, the law is also already pretty clear about the age at which people can receive tattoos and it isnt for minors) sort of like an indelibable ID in case of kidnap.

    I'm not sure there could be any benefit, I think of the sorts of people who kidnap and traffic kids as merciless and evil and would probably torturously remove any "tagging".

    The cultural question is a different one I think, if you prohibit a family from tattooing a child when all the rest of their family, peers and community do so you could be setting them up for social exclusion. I'm not sure that the state should usurp the authority or cultural practices of parents and families which are not neglectful, abusive or cruel towards their children.

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    for infants, IMO it is exactly the same issue as piercing (usually girls') ears and circumcision. There's just the added aspect of "norms" to think about.

    not a fan of any of them, but not entirely sure whether it should be outright banned, since really none of them are a huge deal (assuming here that it's a minor, easily hidden tattoo).
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    Agreed. It does strike me as a bizarre thing to do for those within American culture at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Would you tattoo your baby/child
    No. Just like in the other thread: It is their body, not mine.

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    To the OP: never!

    I would leave the ear-piercing decision to them too. I'm afraid of needles so I didn't have mine pierced
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    When I came in here, I thought you might go the 'protection/identification' way. That I c an understand, so you'll recognize your baby, if they get kidnapped and stuff. Positive ID. OTOH, tattoos tend to be butt-ugly when they get stretched and a baby tends to grow..a lot. Might as well jus lo-jack 'em, with a registered chip. Still..invasion of privacy, etc etc. So no. Perhaps you could 'birthmark' em (fake birthmark), just in case..
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    Not something I'd want to do personally.

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    Best curse upon the child. Give him this as a tattoo:

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    I'd never tattoo a child.

    I'd consider piercing my daughters ears at a young age. But nothing past that.

    I'm not sure I'd even circumcise my kids either.

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    What kind of senseless person would pin their child down against its will as it rages against the pain of the needle? How about this: We tattoo asinine people who would do that with Scarlet A's, or something of the sort, branding them as non-procreators.

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