I got a small tattoo on my lower back when I was in my mid-20s and, even though I had already graduated college and no longer lived with my parents, I hid it from them for years because I knew they wouldn't approve. Unlike my brother, who got his first tattoo at 18, I never really cared to get one. It just happened one crazy night out with friends who decided to do it and I followed suit. At least, I got it on an inconspicuous place, which is the main reason why it's still there. Otherwise, I would've probably found a way to remove it because I didn't really care to get it in the first place.

That's why I won't allow my children to get tattoos until they're at least 18 years old and have enough money to pay for them with their own money. Ideally though, I'd rather they don't do it at all.

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I will say that trying to convince them not to, if they decide to get one, will be extremely hard considering that both their father and I have one tattoo each (we got them together that crazy night out back when we were just friends). But I will do my best to dissuade them.

The thing is that although you can get them removed with expensive laser treatments, tattoos are really more of a permanent thing and what you think is cool at 18, will probably just be stupid at 30. And that's the biggest problem I have with tattoos because even though people will tell you that it shouldn't matter, first impressions are extremely important. Unfortunately, for those who have tattoos that are not easily covered, they still get a bad rap--especially from potential employers.

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So no, there's no way I'd let my 15 year old daughter (or son) get a tattoo, regardless of how much she wants it or even if she has the money to pay for it herself. 

How about you? Would you let your 15-year-old get a tattoo? Share your thoughts with us by leaving us a comment below.

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Roxana A. Soto is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a first-grader and a preschooler. She loves languages, traveling and good food – especially if it's cooked by someone else.

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Growing up I always wanted a tattoo.  Nothing big.  Just something small on my ankle.  So I could cover it with socks if need be.  My dad's theory of a tattoo, was that I should wait until I was married.  He said most guys or some guys don't like tattoos on girls.  My mom's theory of a tattoo, was no way in heck.  As long as I was under her roof, I couldn't get one.  Not with her money she use to say.  So I stuck to washable ones from the 25 cent machines.

When my best friend introduced me to my husband 2 years ago she warned me about his arm tattoos.  I told her I didn't care.  I'm not one to judge a book by it's cover.  He showed me his arms.  One arm has two things.  And the other arm has one thing.  On his leg he has a mini tattoo with the number "420"  with a little joint by it.  He says he was 15 when he got them done and to this day he regrets having them done.  He wishes he can wash them away when he showers.  He says 15 is soo young to get one and he was so stupid to have gotten it he says.



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I let my 15 year old son get a tattoo on his arm, my name.

I was tempted to get a tattoo a few yrs back but then I knew I would hate it the very next day and be stuck with it  I mean u can changed ur hair color, or clothes, move to a differnt house, get a new job, even divorce ur hubby if u get bored (just kidding) but a tattoo is pretty forever.  And whats looks sexy on a young woman might look pretty silly on an old woman later.  So I have no tattoos and have never regretted it.  Hopefully Ive made enough of an impression so my daughter doesnt EVER get one.

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