I didn't want my oldest to get his tongue pierced because I know a lot of people who's teeth went to hell after it. Weather from constantly rubbing on them, or what I don't know. And wouldn't ya know, same thing happened to my son.
As far as ink goes, my son was over 18 when he got his first. I went with him. If my daughter (and being only 4 I have a long way to go before it becomes a real possibility) decides when she's a teenager (at least 16) that she wants something, and has wanted the same thing for a long time, and it's meaningful, I would take her. She wouldn't be allowed to get it in a spot that's not easily covered though. Hopefully by then, a lot more employers won't be so stuffy about them. I mean I get someone with a giant F^^k you on their knuckles. But it's ridiculous how many employers balk at tasteful ink showing. My oldest worked at a movie theater, and was not allowed to wear short sleeves because he has his little sister's name on his forearm. That was the first thing I mentioned on my interview with Spot. I held out my wrist and said... "I hope this isn't a problem" showing him my ribbon. I honestly don't know what I would have done if it had been.
Or swallowing part of it, as my oldest has done.. more than once. Not sure if there's different types of jewelry, but the ones he wears are just a bar, with a ball screwed on each end. I've lost track how many times it's loosened up and he's eaten part of it.[/QUOTE]
When I was a teenager, I wanted a picture of Big Bird, from Sesame Street, drinking a beer and smoking a doobie. Classy I know. Luckilybi never got it. I'm glad I wasn't as determined as some of my dumber friends to get some ink.