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What is the best age to get a tattoo?

Updated: Dec 28, 2023


Tattoos are a great way to express yourself and have something that is totally unique to you for life.
What is the best age to get a tattoo?


What is the best age to get a tattoo? 

Tattoos are a great way to express yourself and have something that is totally unique to you for life. Tattoos have grown in popularity in recent years and the desire, especially for young people, to have tattoos has grown rapidly. 

The law 

So, what is the best age to get a tattoo? In the UK, it is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18, even with parental permission. At Hammersmith Tattoo we pride ourselves on reputation and will never tattoo persons under the age of 18. 

Don’t rush into it 

Tattoos can be amazing pieces of art but can also cause years of regret. A tattoo that is rushed where the customer has not done the research can result in a poor quality tattoo. A certain level of maturity is recommended when choosing your tattoo – is it something you will still like in 20 years time or is it something you could regret? It is also extremely important to choose an artist who offers the highest quality tattoos in a studio that is safe and has a good reputation. Always check the reviews for the studio and book in a consultation to speak with your chosen artist before booking in.  At Hammersmith Tattoo London, we offer free consultations and recommend them, especially when getting your first tattoo.

 Tattoo removal is expensive and painful 

Unfortunately, we see a lot of clients who want cover ups of their cheap, poor quality tattoos. When cover ups are not possible we have to recommend laser treatment which is often very painful and expensive. For this reason it’s always worth investing in your tattoos and worth saving up if a quote is outside of your budget! 

All in all, the best age to get a tattoo is when you can afford to invest in a high quality design you are happy with and when you feel mature enough to know you will be happy with your choice in the long-term. At Hammersmith Tattoo we are always happy to offer free consultations to help discuss design, ç and any other questions you may have! 


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