How to Persuade Your Parents to Get a Tattoo

  • Written By Dan Hunter on July 5, 2021
    Last Updated: September 28, 2021

You have wanted to get a tattoo for ages and you have finally decided that you will do it. You have chosen the design and the location on your body. You have even done your research into tattoo studios and artists to find the best ones out there. 

The next step is to convince your parents that this is a good idea, and one that they should approve of. 

There are several steps you can take to sway them to your way of thinking – you just need to be smart and consider their feelings at all times. We’ll help to guide you through this and make it as painless as possible, with the right outcome for all.

What Reasons Are There for You To Get a Tattoo?

To be able to convince your parents, you should make sure that you can convince yourself that a tattoo is the way to go. What’s the reason for your tattoo? Is there a special meaning behind it?

You should be able to convey the reasons behind the tattoo to your parents. Doing this will be the best way to convince them that it’s a good idea. By explaining the meaning behind the tattoo they will start to understand where you’re coming from. This will help them to understand and they may just get used to the idea. 

How To Convince Your Parents To Get a Tattoo

You know your own parents and you know how they react to things so bear this in mind before speaking to them. We all have our own way of reacting, this is personal to each and every one of us. 

You need to speak to your parents as soon as you have decided to get a tattoo to be able to prepare them. They will also need time to get used to the idea so don’t just drop the bombshell and go do it. 

Understand What They Think About Tattoos

Before speaking to your parents you need to understand their reluctance regarding tattoos. Why would they be against them? Has something happened to instill this reluctance in them? 

They may have heard some horror stories about people getting tattoos that would put them off you getting one. It could however just be a case that they don’t understand the meaning behind getting a tattoo. They could just think that it’s a quick decision that you have made that you will regret and they are worried for you. 

Explain Why You Want a Tattoo

The best way to get approval for your first tattoo would be to start small and discreet. A tattoo on a part of your body that will be hidden by clothing is a good place to start when convincing your parents. Explaining that the tattoo wouldn’t be on show at all times will help them to start to approve.

You should then talk through with them why you want the tattoo that you have decided on. What is the meaning behind it? If they understand that you have thought this through and that there is meaning behind it, it will help.

Stay Calm 

As with all discussions, the best way to speak to your parents is to stay calm at all times. Raising your voice and issuing ultimatums will turn the discussion into an argument. You should speak to them as adults, explaining the reasons as concisely and calmly as possible. 

Not everyone thinks the same way and you can’t fault them for not thinking the same way as you. You should just stay composed and explain as best you can.

Take Them to Visit a Tattoo Studio

If they are uncomfortable about tattoos as a whole it may help to take them with you to a tattoo studio for a consultation appointment. 

Once they see that this is a professional environment and is appropriately clean and hygienic, they may change their mind. They may even decide to join you in getting a tattoo!


Everyone has different views on tattoos, and hopefully, with a little understanding and empathy you can change your parent’s views. This could be a quick discussion that ends in your favor – or it could be a long drawn-out process where they are still not convinced.

Whichever way the discussion ends, you need to take into account your parent’s views and feelings. You can’t do this without their permission, and you shouldn’t want to either.

We hope that this has answered your questions and we wish you lots of luck. Hopefully, you’ll be able to convince your parents that this would be the right decision at the right time in your life.

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