What is the Minimum Age to Get a Piercing?
From a medical point of view, you can get a piercing of any kind, even if you’re 5, despite the fact that your body would have to grow significantly and piercing in certain areas – may damage their development. I don’t recommend piercing any part of the body, apart from the ear, nose, eyebrow or navel – before you are at least 15 years of age. In other body parts, the piercing may cause bad development, and in extreme cases even cause these body parts to distort.
By the Israeli law you are allowed to get a piercing (and the piercer is allowed to give you one) at the minimum age of 16. The only part you can get pierced before this age is the ear. Most piercers will refuse to pierce the nipples for girls, or the genitals – if you’re under 18. In the rest of the world the rules vary and there are countries in which you are not allowed to get a piercing before the age of 21. You might want to carry an ID when coming to the studio so that you can prove your age incase you look too young. If you are not yet 16, your parents will have to approve, and will have to supply you with a written approval and include their phone numbers, incase their approval has to be verified. Some piercers would simply ask that your mom or dad will join you to the studio.
Don’t try to fake an approval or let the piercer speak with some cousin of yours over the phone, the piercer isn’t stupid and you’re just gonna make fools of yourselves.
Most piercers would simply prefer to avoid the bother, and refuse to pierce you if you’re under 16. Check that upfront with the studio.
Whatever you do don’t try looking for a piercer that doesn’t require or demand approvals! Such a piercer that does not obey one law – certainly doesn’t obey other laws such as professionalism and sterility. Most parents would rather succumb to your request and approve your piercing, than taking the risk of you going to such a piercer. After all it’s just a piercing, and you can always take it off – if they regret it… Just reason with them, promise to give good grades at the end of the school semester, in the end they’ll agree. And if not, worst case scenario, wait a little while longer…