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Grandfather Allows 10-Years-Old Boy to get a Tattoo

As if putting a bumper sticker on a Bentley isn’t bad enough, why allow your 10-year-old child to get a tattoo? A Florida grandfather did just that – allowed his grandson to get a tattoo! But why did he allow it?


Jerry Garrison, a Florida resident and grandfather to a 10-year-old boy, lost custody to the state after he allowed the boy to get his initials tattooed on his leg. “Everyone in the family has their initials permanently etched on their bodies in ink, I don’t see a problem with allowing him [his grandson] to do the same,” Garrison told NBC News.

However, there could be more to this family than just the tattoo. The tattoo only became an issue when DHS was called out to the house for other undisclosed issues. When a representative noticed the initials on the boy’s right leg, they took him into custody pending a full investigation.
“I didn’t see why a tattoo was such a big issue to begin with, and I didn’t see where none of this was right,” he told the station through tears. “My little son called me and said, dad, I’m so scared, I want to come home so bad. When you have your youngin’ call and tell you he’s scared, I want to go put my arms around him and say, ‘Son, it’s all right, it’s really all right.’ But no, I can’t.”

DHS stated that it wasn’t just the tattoo that caused them to take the 10-year-old into custody; there are other allegations in which they are looking into. However, in Florida, children under 16 are not allowed to get tattoos unless it’s for medical or dental reasons, which was a concern to DHS.  The parlor in which the child was inked could also face charges.

Would you ever let your underage child get inked?  If so, what would be your reasoning?

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