Tattoo Artists Want A Ban On Facial Tattoos For Under 21s
A group of British tattoo artists want tougher laws to be put into place regarding who can practise the profession, in order to stop young people being allowed to have face tattoos - known in the industry as 'job stoppers'.
Basically, partly thanks to a rise in the number of celebrities with face ink, a growing number of young people are also deciding to have permanent tattoos put onto their faces, necks and hands.
A number of tattoo artists want to bring an end to this by raising the legal age from 18 to 21.
They argue that such tattoos can 'affect job prospects'.
As a result of the popularity of noticeable face tattoos thanks to pop stars such as Justin Bieber, Post Malone and Jesy Nelson, and model Jeremy Weeks, tattooists say they're having more requests from young people for similar work.
The British Tattoo Artist Federation (BTAF) said that the industry refers to such tattoos as 'job stoppers' as they can hamper the efforts of young people to secure employment.
Whether that is right or not isn't in question, but who would know better than the tattoo artists, right?
Speaking with The Telegraph, BTAF spokesperson Lee Clements said that there has been a 'huge increase' in facial tattoos.
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He said: "I can't go a week without a young person coming into our studio asking for a tattoo on their neck, face or hands."
While it isn't right that tattoos should be a determining factor in whether someone gets a position or not, Clements wants a higher age limit in place to deter people from getting such tattoos.
He continued: "It could carry weight to higher the age people can get facial tattoos. It is concerning for us as professionals because in the future it is going to affect job prospects."
Clements, a tattoo artist who owns a shop in South Wales, said that he believes that many clients asking for such ink are more concerned with looking good 'when they take the perfect Instagram photo'.
Instagrammer Nicole Anderson agreed that there are "definitely more people willing to do it [get a facial tattoo] now."
The 23-year-old, who has 100,000 followers on Instagram, said that there is a 'social taboo' surrounding tattoos, but argued that celebrities are 'normalising' it.
Anderson got her first face tattoo last year, but said that some people don't think enough about the decision and that it could 'ruin your life'.
She said: "Too many people do not think about their future."
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