When tattoos are a crime

When tattoos are a crime

There are 67 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 3, 2009, titled When tattoos are a crime. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

More than anything in the world, Brandon Watt wanted a tattoo. He was 14 and had $25 in cash, a fake ID, a few hours home alone and the phone number of a neighborhood tattooer called Hook who was known not to ask too many questions.

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sara

Wilmette, IL

#1 Jul 4, 2009
i want a tattoo that says GET OFF OF MY LAWN!
John Q Public

Sayreville, NJ

#2 Jul 4, 2009
Love, marriage, health, fame, wealth, etc may only be transitory.
The only thing that lasts forever without a doubt is a tattoo.

And they are ugly from day one.
Parents

United States

#3 Jul 4, 2009
and where are the parents when the offspring are getting these lovely markings? It is THEIR responsibility to watch over their children. Yeah- blame someone else. Of course!
MessyONE

Bloomington, IL

#4 Jul 4, 2009
John Q Public wrote:
Love, marriage, health, fame, wealth, etc may only be transitory.
The only thing that lasts forever without a doubt is a tattoo.
And they are ugly from day one.
Speak for yourself. Mine are gorgeous - and NOT visible when wearing work clothes, which is more to the point.
Cook County

Hammond, IN

#5 Jul 4, 2009
I would like to get a tat on my ass that says "you touch, you buy"
Disgusted

Calumet City, IL

#6 Jul 4, 2009
Parents wrote:
and where are the parents when the offspring are getting these lovely markings? It is THEIR responsibility to watch over their children. Yeah- blame someone else. Of course!
Yes, when a child is a teen, parents are supposed to quit their jobs and follow them 24 hours a day. Where did you get your parenting skills- at the CIA?
thingy

Terre Haute, IN

#7 Jul 4, 2009
Did the story say he did this work in a motel room?
Well, that's not good.
I love my tattoos, but you need to go to a reputable artist.
sara

Wilmette, IL

#8 Jul 4, 2009
Cook County wrote:
I would like to get a tat on my **** that says "you touch, you buy"
hahaha!
ratsy

Joliet, IL

#9 Jul 4, 2009
Cook County wrote:
I would like to get a tat on my ass that says "you touch, you buy"
You break it , you buy it! The whole world is breaking my asssssss
ratsy

Joliet, IL

#11 Jul 4, 2009
This ' words to describe this man are in contention ' used to live by me!
billp

Portland, OR

#12 Jul 4, 2009
I don't care what age you are. Tattooing is a desecration of your body. What are you a billboard! Nobody wants to look at your sleazy barbed wire or technicolor nonsense permanently etched on your not so well sculpted body. I wouldn't hire you either as you are weak!
good lord

Valparaiso, IN

#13 Jul 4, 2009
And with this type of background, I am SURE he is very careful about using STERILE equipment & maintaining a STERILE environment?
good lord

Valparaiso, IN

#14 Jul 4, 2009
Oh sure, MessyONE, your tats are 'gorgeous' today, but wait a few years...there are NO old tattoos that are anywhere close to being described as 'gorgeous'. But it is your body so decorate as you wish.
Jim

Dolton, IL

#15 Jul 4, 2009
Tattoos are the new IQ test. The more you have the dumber you are (or the drunker you were!). People think it's an individuality question, but, lately it's more, "off the cliff with the rest of the lemmings".
lago

United States

#16 Jul 4, 2009
Parents wrote:
and where are the parents when the offspring are getting these lovely markings? It is THEIR responsibility to watch over their children. Yeah- blame someone else. Of course!
Probably working. Didn't you ever do something as a teen that was against the law? I remember smoking my first cigarette in the 5th grade.(I bet they start sooner now).

I think every tattoo parlor that tattoos an underage child without the parents permission should be required to pay for the removal. The shop should not be allowed to re-open until they have paid for the removal in full.

Money is what motivates these folks to do it in the first place. Taking money from them should be incentive to stop.
senior citizen

Des Plaines, IL

#17 Jul 4, 2009
Rare? My 14 year old daughter and a large number of her friends, all sophomores at New Trier High School, got tattoos from someone in Chicago in 1995, with no fake IDs and difficulty at all. I would have turned him (or her) in in a New York second, but my daughter would not tell me who did it.

When my daughter graduated from college, she asked me to pay for the tattoo removal as her graduation present.

I wonder what all these fashionably illustrated people will look like in 50+ years when they are the nursing homes.
lokelyokel

Hickory Hills, IL

#18 Jul 4, 2009
Cook County wrote:
I would like to get a tat on my **** that says "you touch, you buy"
How much?
Jack

Chicago, IL

#19 Jul 4, 2009
Wow, parental abuse, black gangbangers and a minority's victim mentality all in the same story. If you have visible tattoos, you likely aren't going to get a very good paying job. Enjoy creativity and poverty.
Janie

Round Lake, IL

#20 Jul 4, 2009
Gold teeth and cheap tattoos? Is that what Watts thinks looks good these days? What an effing loser.
slamdunc

Wingo, KY

#21 Jul 4, 2009
Brandon needs to consider a lawsuit against the dentist that destroyed his teeth. The artwork actually looks pretty good.

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