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and perceive them to be less trustworthy 9 . In
November 2007, The New Paper published yet
another article, “Ban tattoos on kids?” that stressed
the detrimental effects of tattoos on youths who get
them at a young age. These effects include high
removal costs and stereotyping by society10.
Evidently, due concern must be placed with
regards to the lack of an age ban, as impacting social
consequences await unperceiving young minds.
Although one may argue that these ‘permanent’
artworks may be removed with sufficient expertise,
one must not neglect that tattoo removal has yet to
reach a stage at which there will be completely no
surgical scars. Thus, obtaining a tattoo can be
deemed a permanent decision.
Following such concerns is the conundrum:
Should an age limit be imposed for tattooing, since
youths seem incapable of making such decisions
themselves? And if so, what age? Ethical Analysis
Organisational aspect All three firms claim to
enforce an age limit of 18 on patrons, suggesting they
agree that it is unethical to lack a minimum
requirement. Yet, we found that Sacred Needles and
Acid Crue make exceptions when patrons under 18
possess parental consent. Shane from Acid Crue
justifies this as an ethical business practice because
despite the requirement being lowered, there are
conditions imposed 11 . Hence, at the organizational
Narayanan, S. (2004, March 2). Yes, I’ve got a tattoo, but
please don’t tell my boss. The Electric New Paper.
Jiang, G., & Mathavan, S. A. (2007, November 12). Ban
Tattoos on Kids? The New Paper, pp. 4, 5.
Refer to Annex A level, firms believe that their current practices are
ethical and meet customer needs.
Personal aspect Such consensus was not found
in the personal perspective. Dr Tan, parent and ethics
professor, feels that there should be an age limit of 21,
reasoning that it is the legally perceived age of
adulthood. In his opinion, entertaining tattoo requests
from anybody below 21 inclines the firms towards
being unethical, as lack of maturity may prevent
youths from foreseeing the permanence and social
prejudice of tattooing 12 . Tattoo enthusiast Clarence
agrees that an age limit is necessary, but feels that
youth are mature enough to make their own decisions
by 18 13 . More contrastingly, regretful enthusiast
Johnny perceives it ethical for firms not to impose any
age limit, as it defeats the purpose of the business14.
Hence, at a personal level, there is no common
stance whether it is unethical that no age limit be
imposed and less so, the specific age.
Societal aspect This lack of common stance was
also evident in the societal aspect: 70% of those
surveyed were in favour of an age limit being set15, of
which 48% deemed 18 years of age to be suitable,
while the remaining 52% were divided over the ages
of 16, 19 and 20 16 . Further scrutiny of our profiled
survey results shows that the older age groups
preferred an older age limit17, suggesting that workingworld experiences and understanding of so...
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