What's with Teen Celebs Getting Tattoos? Is That Even Legal?

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Justin Bieber got inked at 16 and Miley Cyrus did the same at 17. What's the deal -- did their parents' give permission for these underage stars to get tattoos? Answer: Yup.

Each state has their own laws when it comes to minors, tattoos, and parental consent. But in Canada, there are no laws. Still, many tattoo parlors -- like Toronto's Son of a Gun Tattoo and Barbershop where Justin had his work done -- enforce their own regulations.

"Our rule at the shop is: no necks, no hands, unless you're over 25; and you don't get tattooed at all unless you're 18 years old," owner Brian Byrne explains. "[We'll do it] if you're 16 and you have your parental consent, and it's a memorial tattoo or some type of family tattoo. We're pretty sticky with that."

And Justin's tattoo falls right into that category: it's the outline of the seagull from Jonathan Livingston Seagull that both his dad and uncle already have.
As for Miley, she didn't walk into a tattoo parlor in California or New York. Regardless of parental consent, both states won't give a tattoo to anyone under 18. Still, they're not as strict as South Carolina where you need parental consent until age 21.

Miley was first spotted with her "Just Breathe" tat in Florida, and since she would only need written notarized consent from a parent or guardian in this state, we're betting this marks the spot where the teen mogul first got inked.

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