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A mum who allowed her 15-year-old son to get a large tattoo for his birthday has been slammed online for allowing the teen to have his entire forearm covered in her name.

Liya Beeya posted a series of images to social media, revealing her son AJ wanted a tattoo for his 15th birthday. The mum-of-two revealed the conversation she had with her son, that led to the decision:

She explained she asked her teenager, AJ, “Son…..What You Want For Your Birthday?”

He replied that he wanted a tattoo.

Me -What U Want It To Say?
Aj-Yo Name Ma
Me -Letsss Go
Anything For You BABYBOY.”

She then uploaded a series of photos with AJ proudly showing off his tattoo of his mum’s name, Ahlia. The post eventually went viral, attracting hundreds of comments.

Many were supportive of the tattoo, saying they were around the same age when they got their first tatt. While others were furious that a mum would allow her 15-year-old to get a tattoo.

“Some of y’all mums try to play the friend card too much to y’all children and allow them to grow up too fast ain’t no way a 15-year-old child should be focused on a tattoo that he/she may later regret.”

“Y’all let boys do anything. It’s no way I’m letting my kid get a tattoo.”

15 year old tattoo

15 year old tattoo

15 year old tattoo

In the US, there are laws prohibiting getting a tattoo under the age of 18, but each state also has its own legal restrictions.

In Australia, the laws around teens and tattoos vary from state to state. According to Raising Children:

In Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland, it’s a criminal offence for a tattooist to do tattoos for someone under 18 years.

In the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, teenagers under 18 years need to get their parents’ permission for tattoos. As a parent, you must give your permission either in person or in writing, and you have to say what type of tattoo you agree to and where.

In Western Australia, teenagers must be over 16 years and have their parents’ permission for tattoos. Permission must be in writing and must explain the type of tattoo you agree to and where.

In the Northern Territory, there are no specific rules about getting a tattoo. In practice tattooists have their own industry standards, and teenagers are often asked to get their parents’ permission for tattoos.

What age were you when you got your first tattoo? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • Gosh, wonder how quickly he’ll regret that. That’s not a small further tattoo….and a major undo if he changes his mind.

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  • He is a little too young but at least he had his mums approval and her name on his arm hahaha

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  • Aww he loves him mama a lot!!!
    I think if the parents are okay with it, it’s okay. Obviously it’s the child’s body so either way they will go out and do it anyway…

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  • I think it’s a dreadful decision.

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  • I think it’s kind of sweet that the son wanted a tattoo of his mum, but I would have hold off till he’s 18 and a bit more mature to take this decision.

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  • So many rights given to kids under 18. Sorry no wonder kids are getting more aggressive, rude and have no respect anymore.

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  • I love tattoos but totally disagree with this. I have a 15yo and I wouldn’t allow this in my house. If he still wants it at 18, then no problem

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  • I don’t have a tattoo. My son has a few but he’s now 23. I don’t need him to have my name tattooed on his body. And I certainly wouldn’t have allowed one when he was that young, or of that size.

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  • It’s a sweet request from the boy, but if she absolutely had to agree, I think something smaller and more discreet might have been a good idea.

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  • At 16 I got my first tattoo, there was no social media then. I think social media or internet posts about this should not be allowed as it can be thought it was just done to brag and make money. If my child asks me to get a tattoo of any kind I will tell them I’ll gladly go with them at 18, when they are responsible for there own actions.

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  • I’m absolutely all for tattoos, iv got heaps. But I can 100% say at 15 the choices I had for my tattoos at the time if i got them I would have regretted them!! And honestly… he’s still got so much growing to go, he’s gonna end up stretching the tattoo, can see in a few years time the amount of regret he is going to have and he will likely end up with a blackout tattoo

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  • How irresponsible can this mother be? For a start, I thought the legal age for a tattoo was 18yrs old? Secondly, if her younger child says he wants one now is she going to let him too? This is just so ridiculous! At 15 they change their minds like they change clothes and she has to be the MOTHER here not the child’s friend. He’s probably got plenty of friends but needs a mother! I find this whole situation very stupid and sad. I bet when he’s older he’s going to regret getting his mother’s name on himself. Just plain stupid.

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  • That’s sweet, don’t know how he could put up with the pain.

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  • I would have thought that a person would need to be 18 to get a tattoo… He is only 15 and is going to have that tat forever. I don’t think it’s very responsible… what if he later regrets getting it? It’s also quite big…

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  • Now we witness a $10 tramp at work how dare she ruin her sons future.Supply her address and I will be the first one to get the police and child welfare on to her. USA or wherever she deserves to be locked up

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  • Whilst it would be a nice gesture for any child to tattoo their parents name, still wait until they are 18. Growing, style choice, does it need to be that large? I mean all personal preference but tastes change drastically from a teenager to young adult to even into late 20’s. Something that shouldn’t be a quick decision

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  • While it’d be sweet if my kids wanted my name tattooed on them I’d still make them want until they were 18 lol

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  • I’ve none. I think my daughter was 18 when she got her first one. Now at nearly 20 she has a significant amount of tattoo’s

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  • Crazy to do something so young that’s permanent


    • Quite permanent indeed, although it is my understanding that attoo removal is possible

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  • This is a decision to change your body permanently – I do think it should be banned if you’re under 18.

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