Is tattooing a child worse than piercing ears, circumcision?

A Floyd County man has been charged with child cruelty after authorities say he tattooed his 3-year-old son.

The AJC reports:

Floyd County Police Sgt. Teri Davis said Eugene Ashley, 24, tattooed the back of his son’s right shoulder with “DB,” which stands for “Daddy’s Boy,” sometime this spring. The man told police he was intoxicated at the time, Davis said.

The children remain with their mother; Eugene Ashley was arrested May 21 and faces charges of child cruelty and tattooing a person younger than 18 years old, the latter being a misdemeanor, Davis said.

Now granted nobody wants an allegedly drunk, non-professional tattoo artist working on them, but I wonder … is tattooing a child worse than piercing a baby’s ears or circumcising a newborn boy?

I get that there’s a law about not tattooing someone under 18, but why is that more worthy of a law than the other two? Is it simply because the other two are done more frequently so they have become socially acceptable?

Does it have to do with the possible transmission of diseases? All involve blood and cutting into the skin – although circumcisions are done by surgeons as opposed to ladies at the mall.

Does it have to do with the permanence of the procedures? Piercings (at least in ears) can close back up, but circumcision can hardly be reversed. I have heard of a method of stretching the foreskin back over the head of the penis using weights but that doesn’t sound easy. Laser surgery to remove tattoos seems preferable to trying to “re-grow” your foreskin.

Are tattoos more painful than piercing or circumcision? Not sure that’s true.

I’m not promoting tattoos for toddler and babies, I’m just wondering if there is a double standard of what is acceptable to do to a child?

What do you think? Are tattoos worse than piercing or circumcising a child? If so, why? Also, where does waxing your kids’ eyebrow land on this scale?

137 comments Add your comment

DawgGal

May 28th, 2009
8:12 am

You have lost it!

Matthew

May 28th, 2009
8:15 am

Seriously…do you have nothing better to write about today?

Photius

May 28th, 2009
8:17 am

I must be laundry day for Theresa…….
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Obama hates Cheney's bald head the most

May 28th, 2009
8:18 am

Wow, trying to stoke some fires and save your job at the AJC with crap like this? Why not talk about Mike Vick too?

TATOO= PERMANENT AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
PIERCED EARS= GHETTO TRASH
CIRCUMCISION= HEALTH BENEFITS, and doesn’t give your son a odd looking member.

Obama hates Cheney's bald head the most

May 28th, 2009
8:19 am

That is, for children not adults.

Name (required)

May 28th, 2009
8:21 am

It’s about the same as piercing the ears. I don’t know why so many self-absorbed parents feel the need to pierce an infants ears. What a bunch of idiots. If the kid wants it when they’re old enough to decide, go for it…but to force it upon them is cruel and barbaric.

Oh, and a “Daddy’s Boy” tattoo? That’s gonna lead to a load of ass-kickings at school and go over GREAT when that kid ends up in prison.

Donna Outlaw

May 28th, 2009
8:25 am

My granddaughter got her ears pierced at 9 months old and she didn’t cry. How can you compare THAT to a tattoo. You people are nuts! lol

Ricecakes

May 28th, 2009
8:27 am

Of course tattooing is worse than piercing ears. Tattoos are a permanent mark; however, ear piercings can close and never have to be used again. Circumcising (which I had performed on my son)I feel is the best decision you can ever make for your child. Less germs, easier to clean your private area instead of having to pull skin back, etc. Also, if my child had some crazy bushy eyebrows he/she would just have to live with it until they have atleast reach their mid teen years(15 or 16).

Stephanie

May 28th, 2009
8:28 am

I never understood ear piercing on infants. It looks SO white trash. You might as well tattoo “white trash” on their forehead, beacuse when you pierce a childs ears, it sends the same message. To quote Mammy from Gone With the Wind, “It just ain’t fittin’!”

Denise

May 28th, 2009
8:29 am

Really? I’m honestly at a loss for words.

Reluctant

May 28th, 2009
8:29 am

I think comparing pierced ears to tattoos is going a little bit too far. I refused to have my daughters’ ears pierced when they were little, but I don’t think it’s a horrible practice and it’s not permanent. I’m totally against circumcision (”Obama hates Cheney’s…” there are no health benefits to circumcision – do the research), but I don’t think most parents do it because they think its cool or whatever; they do it because they think they are doing the right thing. Routine circumcision is ignorance, but tattooing is a child is child abuse.

motherjanegoose

May 28th, 2009
8:30 am

I have never been a fan of piercing a child’s ears when they do not have a choice ( our daughter had hers done at 9 I think) but at least it can grow back.

Circumcision is usually done for religious or health reasons, I think that is too in a different category. I am not a tattoo fan ( just my opinion) and chuckled last week when one reader shared that it is becoming a very popular thing to do “inside the perimeter” . What if you move AWAY from the perimeter …will everyone else simply know that this is the norm here or would they raise their eyebrows?

Kind of like in Arkansas they wear ball caps inside to eat at restaurants with overalls and farm boots…I am not sure this would fly at a chi chi restaurant in Buckhead, or at least it would get a few looks.

I try to look at the bigger picture, since I am all over the US map and see things elsewhere that I had no idea about, here in metro Atlanta.

Not trying to hijack but we saw a trendy couple walk into Chops in Naples FL at 9:30 p.m. with a baby in a stroller. FOLKS…babies need to be in bed at this hour and if you can afford CHOPS you can afford a babysitter….the other diners do not want to hear your precious interrupting their $$$ dinner.

Becky

May 28th, 2009
8:33 am

If y’all don’t like what Theresa gets paid to write about, don’t read it..She is doing her job and that is to get people to dicuss things..

gadyke

May 28th, 2009
8:36 am

I want to preface this by saying that I am a bit of an ink addict (although without the funds to get as much as I’d like). My ears were pierced when I was 6 by my request. If I were to have changed my mind, they could have closed up and it would have been over with. I do agree with the health benefits of circumcision, although I know a few guys from South America that swear by the “natural” look. Tattooing is definitely something that should not be done until one is an adult and fully capable of making that decision for themselves. Had I gotten half the tattoos I thought I wanted when I was a preteen or teen, I’d have everything from NKOTB to kittens tatted on me. Children can’t make that decision and parents should know better. There was another story out of California where a father and his gang buddy held down his 7 yr old son and tattooed the gang symbol on his hip. It’s a scary world out there sometimes.

Clay

May 28th, 2009
8:38 am

It’s not the same thing. Earring holes can close–tattoos are permanent. I’m not even going to discuss circumcision…

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 28th, 2009
8:39 am

Thank you Reluctant!

MJG — My husband goes nuts when guys wear ball caps into restaurants — huge pet peeve of his. As far as babies in restaurants late at night, we just back from Disney and there were sooo many kids up past their bed times — including our own! Some cranky kids in that place — But more on Disney in the next few days!!!

And I believe a POP QUIZ for tomorrow on Traveling Dilemmas for Disney —- Tune it for photos and fun!!

bufordmomof4

May 28th, 2009
8:40 am

Wow…really? Yeah, that’s really comparing apples to apples. NOT!

clyde

May 28th, 2009
8:43 am

No tattoos or body piercings on children.Circumcisions are beneficial ,health wise.

Deb

May 28th, 2009
8:46 am

Piercing a childs ears is tradition in many countries.

Herd89

May 28th, 2009
8:48 am

Can’t add anything new, but like most, piercing is VERY different from tattooing. Ask anyone with a tattoo about the pain and how long the procedure lasted. Also, babies and small children do not need pierced ears. Why do some parents feel the need to “decorate” their babies?

Stephanie

May 28th, 2009
8:50 am

Yes, I realize it is a tradition in some countries, but it doesn’t make it look any less tacky here in the U.S.

TwinMom

May 28th, 2009
8:51 am

I agree that circumcision is irrelevant to this tattoo/piercing debate. I understand the culture is shifting away from circumcision recently, but most parents who choose to circumcise are not doing it for cosmetic reasons (like tattoos or piercings) but rather for health or religious reasons.

However, I also completely disagree with infant ear piercing. Whether or not the baby cries, everyone who has had ears pierced knows there is pain involved for a time. It needs to be the child’s decision when they are old enough to understand what they are doing and have a part in the cleaning and upkeep. I’ve never understood the cuteness or appeal of earrings on a baby. That’s what clothes, hats, and hairbows are for!

Mark Williams

May 28th, 2009
8:52 am

I don’t considering tattoos and piercings in the same catagory as male circumcision. Remember that female cicumcision is illegal in many states. However they are all CHOICES that should be left up to the individual when he is old enough to decide for himself.

I am circumcised and wish my parents had left my penis alone. I do feel violated that choices were made without my concent. The
“health” benefits are argueable. It could even be argued that it is a way for woman to exact power over males. As far as being odd, the majority of the world does not practice circumcision so it is the Americans who are odd.

That’s my two cents worth.

motherjanegoose

May 28th, 2009
8:53 am

Thanks Becky…I have been trying to tell the complainers this forever…they are too stupid to figure it out. NO ONE can share ideas every day that are fascinating to EVERYONE…get it folks? Even talk show hosts on TV have a bit of help and I doubt Theresa has an assistant who she runs her columns by…but maybe so. Some do not appeal to me but so what.

Theresa…I MAY tolerate children in restaurants at Disney but Chops is not in the same league.

My sister and I stopped at Naples Fl. Chili’s last summer around 9:00 p.m.o on a Sunday night. We had a late flight to Florida.

There was a couple in the booth across from us tossing back margaritas with an infant and a 4 year old who were crying and whining, as they were tired. I shuddered and worried for those kids.
Skip a couple of drinks and leave them HOME!

David

May 28th, 2009
8:55 am

While I don’t think ear piercing is nearly as painful as tattooing, and it’s certainly not permanent, I agree that it should not be performed on a child who cannot consent to it. And to those of you all uppity about circumcision, why has female circumcision been banned in GA? Male circumcision has no proven health benefits. However, a botched circumcision cannot be fixed. I would much rather have had a stupid tattoo given to me as a child than to have part of my body taken from me.

Theresa, I think you have part of your answer, since some of your readers think the idea of comparing this incident to ear piercing or circumcision to be absurd. Obviously we have been condition to believe it is normal to mutilate an infant’s penis or ears when they are unable to give consent.

HB

May 28th, 2009
8:56 am

Tattoos are definitely worse, but I hate seeing babies with pierced ears. Possible source of pain and infection often done so that darling princess isn’t mistaken for a boy at 6 months old — stupid!

MJG did hit on a pet peeve of mine, though. “9:30 p.m. with a baby in a stroller. FOLKS…babies need to be in bed at this hour…” Why? Seriously, give me one good reason why babies need to be in bed early. They have somewhere to be in the morning? Little babies are up every few hours anyway, so what difference does it make? Once they start sleeping through the night, why go to bed early? I have friends who are a young couple with one child. They both work, and often the whole family isn’t together at the end of the day until 7. They didn’t put their baby to bed until 10-10:30 when he was under a year and sleeping 8-9 hours through the night. That gave them more time to spend with him in the evening and the option of not having to rush home to keep to baby’s early schedule. It also made morning’s easier because he didn’t wake up until around 7 (they loved not having baby wake them up at 5!), so they got up a little earlier and were showered and fully awake before he needed them. But of course, they got ugly looks and comments about how it was too late for a baby to be out if they were out with him at 9-9:30. Why are people such busy-bodies? The child was healthy and happy and it’s nobody’s business but theirs what the family schedule is!

motherjanegoose

May 28th, 2009
8:59 am

Stephanie…your comment is EXACTLY what I was thinking when the “inside the perimeter” mom shared that tatoos are THE thing now. Those who live elsewhere may not see it the same way
( heaven forbid she has to relocate to Iowa or Nebraska) but perhaps she KNOWS that she will always live INSIDE THE PERIMETER….LOL. Kind of like saying, “we eat grits in Georgia, thus anyone else should know better than to serve *** cream of wheat***…” LOL. Do southerners even know what it is or how about Farina?

The Voice

May 28th, 2009
9:02 am

IMHO none of this is as bad for children as mothers that insist on taking 2 and 3 year old children and entering them in “beauty” pageants. Dressing them up and applying make up and making them look like little hookers. If you have ever been to one of these things you will find that the ones who really want to win are the mothers, not the kids. The kids could care less. Usually the kids are back stage either playing with other kids or crying that they want to go home. I was employed as a paramedic to stand by at one of these events and while I was backstage I saw one mother (and I use the term loosely) slap a little 4 year old girl in the face because she didn’t want to go on stage. I quickly informed this moron that if I saw anything like that again I personally would have her arrested for child abuse. They need to shut those things down…all they are doing seems to me is teach young girls that they can get whatever they want by flaunting their bodies. Amen

The Voice

May 28th, 2009
9:04 am

PS TWG write about anything you want to…it is your blog and if other folks don’t like the subject we all hate if for them…let them go start their own blog.

M

May 28th, 2009
9:10 am

I am not a fan of tattoos, but if you like them, then go for it if you are of age. However, tattoos for a baby is ludicrous and illegal. This is the first time I have heard so many negative comments about ear piercings for little girls. I do not live “inside the perimeter” and do not think it is “white or ghetto trash” as stated in earlier posts. I had my ears pierced as an infant and pierced my daughter’s ears. She only wore little stud earrings until her teen years. I know a guy who wasn’t circumcised as a child and had the procedure as an adult. I understand it was a very unpleasant couple of weeks afterwards. Not only did he do it for the cleanliness factor, but not being circumcised affected his social life as women were grossed out by the appearance of an uncircumcised member.

motherjanegoose

May 28th, 2009
9:11 am

HB….if I am paying to eat at CHOPS, I do not want to hear a baby. If you want to keep your baby up at home….this is your business. I am a busy body when it is affecting me…just a little courtesy folks. I am also a busy body when my neighbors are having a party at midnight in their back yard with loud speakers at midnight and the noise ordinance is 11:00 p.m. This has happened SEVERAL times and we will be calling the police as instructed by our association. If you live in the country…have at it!

When my nephew ( 24 now) was a baby, we ate at PERKINS and he was teething, so he was crying. My brother in law took him outside while we finished our LUNCH, as a courtesy to other diners.

In the rare example that a child under 4 has the manners to sit and eat at Chops at 9:30 p.m., I want to meet this child and congratulate the parents.

. 8-9 hours night sleep is NOT the recommended amount for children under 5. It is more like 11…so that means they would let him sleep until 9:00…ask a teacher…we have seen our share of cranky children. I had a little girl last week falling asleep during my visit at her school. Over 75 other kids were jumping around and and having a blast, She could barely put her arms up in the air. I thought she was sick and spoke with the teacher. The teacher told me that she is always tired and goes to bed late every night….HELLO parents?

Jesse's Girl

May 28th, 2009
9:11 am

Getting a tat involves a prolonged event for anyone… tiny needles poking at your skin…..to say nothing of getting one with actual color! It hurts most adults….for some it is merely uncomfy. But for children….I can’t imagine how bad it must feel. They experience everything to a greater degree than adults! While I think it is silly to pierce an infant’s ears….it is a very quick event for them. If you tatoo your kid….YOU ARE TRASHY and you have an ill regard for your child’s body. We don’t live in tribes here people….tatoos are not a part of our daily lives denoting our station in life. Its for decoration……don’t decorate your kid.

motherjanegoose

May 28th, 2009
9:14 am

M….my “inside the perimeter” applies to someone who commented about tattoos.

hedtil

May 28th, 2009
9:17 am

In quite a few countries around the world, infants are tattood early on. In W.Africa, babies have facial scarring done (not painful, just involves scratching the skin with some coal-dust like stuff that causes a permanent mark on the skin), ear piercings, nose piercings, etc. Girls also have permanent tattooing under their eyes (like permanent eyeliner – it’s gorgeous). In all of these places, the purpose is to benefit the child socially. It marks him or her as belonging to a certain social group, it makes him or her more appealing to others. It is socially accepted as beautiful and proper.

I think the difference with this “DB” tattoo is that would seem to benefit the father who did it – it seems like it was a selfish and childish act. There was no conceivable benefit to the child to whom it was done, and it isn’t socially acceptable by the community in which the child lives. Therein lies the problem.

In this country, parents who pierce the ears of their infant children do so because they believe it makes them cuter, more beautiful, whatever. It is socially acceptable, whether or not everyone partakes. Male circumcision is also acceptable and is an action to benefit the child, either for health reasons, or to make the child a part of a religious or social group and increase their acceptance desirability to that group.

When it comes down to it, the pain of a tattoo or circumcision or piercing is short lived and forgotten by a child. What lives on is the permanent change that some trusted adult made to the child. If that change was to benefit the child, was done out of love, does not constitute a health risk to the child (I’m thinking female circumcision here), and is socially acceptable and desirable in the child’s social network, then I don’t see a problem. But I don’t think the ‘DB’ tattoo fits into this. Really, it comes down to the difference between good parents, who think through benefit vs. harm to their children when making permanent decisions on their behalf, and not-so-good parents, who act on a whim or only think about what will make themselves happy at the moment…

Denise

May 28th, 2009
9:19 am

Personally, I love seeing little girls with cute little studs in their ears. The issue of consent has never entered my mind until I started reading this blog. I understand the point but there are so many things that parents do to children that are not discussed much less giving the children a choice. Some are harmful, some are not. I personally hate to see little girls with dreadlocks because if they decide they don’t want the style anymore, they have to basically shave their heads to start over. THAT can traumatizing for a little girl, much more so than earrings.

As for tattoos, I think there is a reason for having the “over 18″ rule in place. I think it helps curb the sontaneous “let’s go get a volleyball tattoed on our butts” or “let’s go get an A with a halo around it like the California Angels on our stomachs” (my own stupid idea because I’m called Angel”, or “let’s get our high school mascot tattooed on our arms”. My brother got the worst looking baseball bat on his shoulder; he was over 18 but still stupid. LOL! Tattoos are permanent for the most part (you can get them ablated off but that has to hurt) and I think it is no better than branding a cow to show ownership. “Daddy’s Boy”? Terrible! What if the child doesn’t like his daddy when he grows up? Imagine what kind of whippings he will get for some foolishness like that. Tacky, tacky, tacky.

sd

May 28th, 2009
9:19 am

I think that all three things are a bad idea to do to babies and wouldn’t pierce, tatoo, or circumsize my son.

However, I am not judgemental about that. If others want to do that to their children, who am I to judge?

In some tribal cultures, ritual tatooing is seen as normal. However, cutting off part of your childs penis is seen as barbaric.

So if some tribe tatoos their child in South America, why can’t rednecks do the same. It allows others to be able to see the child and know he belongs to the tribe/rednecks.

itamazesme

May 28th, 2009
9:21 am

I rather enjoyed your article because people don’t think that ear piercing is painful. Although a tatto is to the extreme. Even with the ears – it is piercing. Also, ear piercings do NOT close after a certain length of time.

What gets me is that under 18 to get a tatto is illegal, however you can be 16 and get a piercing. Although I will not let my child get a tattoo under the age of 18 – why is it though if she wanted she can go to a gynecologist, have an examination and be prescribed the pill and she doesn’t have to tell me anything? Laws and rules – go figure!!!

motherjanegoose

May 28th, 2009
9:29 am

DB

May 28th, 2009
9:30 am

When I worked in a jewelry store in high school/college, I did ear piercings, but I absolutely refused to do a piercing on anyone who was too young to tell me themselves that they wanted a piercing. I got some very angry parents, but I just shrugged and said, “Here’s the piercing gun — YOU do it, if you feel that strongly about it,” and not a single parent ever did. The crying disturbed me too much and made me unsteady — and yes, most DID scream and cry (sometimes my manager would do them, instead.) You would not believe the number of people who would bring their baby to a mall jewelry store instead of to a doctor for a piercing!! Gagggh! It was even more ironic, because at 20, I didn’t have pierced ears. I didn’t until I was 25, and I ended up letting them close back up, because they kept getting infected and I couldn’t overcome the metal sensitivity, no matter what kind of metal I’d try. My daughter got her ears pierced for her 13th birthday — over the objections of my husband, who can’t stand piercing of any kind, and kept muttering under his breath about piercings being barbaric and stemming from “stupid female fertility rites . . .”

Tattoos — nope. What the father did was child abuse. Your body is your own canvas, to do with as you please. Your child’s body is NOT your canvas. The only thing I can think is that maybe the dad had several tattoos and the little boy wanted one “like Daddy,” and the father just wasn’t thinking. Most child abuse is the result of just not thinking, not overt violence.

Circumcision — too many cultural and religious reasons to say yes or no on this. I have my own belief, but in deference to my son’s privacy, I am not going to discuss it here.

MJG – Another restaurant pet peeve: People on cell phones! I was eating at a restaurant last night with my daughter and the lady at the next table was talking on the cell phone for 15 minutes — loudly — and discussing bowel obstructions and colostomies!!! Completely ruined dinner for us, her husband looked like he wished he was anywhere else but . . .

karl

May 28th, 2009
9:31 am

ear piercing can grow back, circumcision is done for cleanliness, tattoo is a stigma that the child would have to endure thru school–unless painfully removed especiallly amature tattoo
i love tattoos but let child decide when older

karl

May 28th, 2009
9:32 am

circumcision is a cleanliness thing

Just an Idea

May 28th, 2009
9:37 am

I always thought that an ID number tattooed on a babies behind at the hospital would be a great way to identify them if they ever got kidnapped. Small and covered by clothes but every ones in the same spot.

Get Back

May 28th, 2009
9:38 am

Another argument against piercing infants’ ears: the vast, vast majority of these are done with piercing guns (those are what give you the “studs” in lieu of earrings). Guns cannot be cleaned thoroughly and if you’re taking your baby to Claire’s or the Piercing Pagoda down at the mall, most of the time you yourself have as much training as the person manning the gun.

What are the benefits to piercing infants’ ears, anyway? There’s no social stigma against unpierced girls’ ears. It’s just a risky procedure done for the parent’s aesthetic benefit alone.

Conventional Wisdom

May 28th, 2009
9:41 am

I think the use of the word “Consent” when tlking about kids is a load of crock. There are lots of things that children don’t “Consent” to that are for their benefit like going to the dentist/doctor, attending school or even bathing everyday. Although I don’t think tattoos should be given to kids, I also don’t think its anyone’s business when or why you choose to pierce your daughters ears or get your son circumcised. And to the men saying that they feel violated, give me a break, You wouldn’t have known that you were snipped unlessed someone told you.

Reign

May 28th, 2009
9:46 am

Tattoos are personal artwork, statements and permanent, so NO, you should not tattoo your child. That’s a decision he/she should make for themselves as an adult.

Piercings, well, I did get my little girl’s ears pierced when she was young, can’t remember how old, but she may have been a baby. She’s 25 now and has a daughter and I don’t want her to pierce my granddaughter’s ears. Mainly because I saw it being done to a little baby in the mall and the piercing gun got stuck in her little ears and it was horrific to watch the young parents try to keep the baby calm while the piercer try to stay calm and remove the piercing gun. Everyone that passed by were mortified! So I see things differently now. My daughter never had an issue, thank goodness, but I don’t want it done to my granddaughter until she’s much older and my daughter and son in law agree…whew.

Circumcision – I had both of my boys circumcised at birth because I thought it was the law or something. Their father wasn’t circumcised and the “thing” looked gross to me. I hope my children don’t have sons because I don’t know where I stand on this one…

Often Disappointed/Never Surprised!

May 28th, 2009
9:47 am

Are you seriously comparing tattoos to circumcision? Need I say more? Thought not, I rest my case.

JJ

May 28th, 2009
9:47 am

With regards to babies in restaurants after 9:30……don’t be so quick to judge. Maybe the parents work nights? Maybe they sleep during the day and want to go out at 9:00. Not everyone has a 9-5 job…….maybe they were vacationing…….you really shouldn’t judge, as you don’t know their situation. And unless there’s a sign that says no one under a certain age limit, you are pretty much free to go to a restaurant of your choice. People without children will be the first to pitch a fit about kids in a restaurant……as far as I know, this is still a free country, and I will eat where I want, when I want, etc. IF you have a problem with that, its YOUR problem, not mine……

motherjanegoose

May 28th, 2009
9:49 am

thanks DB…I am with you on cell phones too! My husband goes nuts with it!

While we do not ALWAYS agree, I find your comments quite sensible and thought provoking. Question…did you take your toddlers out to eat a 9:30 p.m….or were they in bed…just wondering! I am guessing that you would not take 4 children to join you at CHOPS or maybe so….LOL>

Photius…we have almost met the level of comments for a full day yesterday and it is not even 10:00 a.m. Must NOT be laundry day for ANYONE….LOL!

FedUp

May 28th, 2009
9:49 am

How do you put circumcision in the same category as piercing/tattooing? You are comparing apples and oranges. I had my son circumcised, and he is glad I did. I have asked him (he is now 27) if he wishes I had left it alone, and he said “NO WAY!”. I did research, and the incidence of penile cancer goes up considerably in uncircumcised males. It is also a religious choice as well as a cosmetic choice. I have only seen one that was uncircumcised, and was completely turned off by it. But that’s just me. As for piercing, I allowed my daughter to have her ears pierced when she was 8. She made the choice herself, and wanted it for her birthday. She has never regretted it, even though her father and I were against it at first. Tattooing is another thing all together. Why would anyone want graffiti on their body? It’s low-class, and you run the danger of getting a disease from the equipment, even in a tattoo parlor that supposedly sterilizes it. It’s permanent, and if you change you mind and have it removed, it leaves scars. As for ear-holes closing up…once they have been pierced for a year or so, they are permanent. They will NOT “close up”. (I went without earrings once for over a year hoping mine would close, and they didn’t.) So parents, be SURE before you let your child do anything permanent to their bodies.

Becky

May 28th, 2009
9:55 am

The Voice, amen on that..I have watched Toddlers and Tiaras a couple of times and I would like to strangle those Moms..

As for tattoos and ear piercing, I don’t think anyone should get a tat until they are at least 21..Of course most of my family would disagree with that..As I said on another topic last week, my nephew’s fiance let her 14 year old son get a tattoo..Actually he now has 4 (I think)..I’ve never really given that much thought about ear piercing on babies..Most of the girls in my family didn’t get their ears pierced until 5-6..I didn’t get mine pierced until I was 16..

The one thing that I don’t understand is why this isn’t considered child endangerment..