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Man accused of tattooing girlfriend's daughters

Posted December 24, 2008

— Lee County sheriff's deputies arrested a man for allegedly tattooing his girlfriend's underage daughters.

Deputies said that Ricky Lawson gave two tattoos each to 15-year-old and 17-year-old girls. He faces four misdemeanor counts of tattooing a juvenile.

North Carolina law prohibits anyone from tattooing a person under age 18. Unlike body piercing, there is no provision under state law for parental consent for a minor to obtain a tattoo.


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  • jkca Dec 24, 2008

    My tatoo says LOW SELF ESTEEM. What a crock to think that getting a tatoo is attention seeking behavior.

  • agricon3 Dec 24, 2008

    I thought Iwanted a small tattoo once,until a girl I know made this comment--You will get wrinkles one day and how will the ink look then? The mental picture changed my mind immediately. I think the art work is great but mother nature will change it. A friend had a rising sun at her bikini line--way cool at 20--imagine the look at nine months pregnant with stretch marks. She's a nurse for the OB/Gyn and he suggested several plastic surgeons to help with the distorted picture. THINK BEFORE YOU INK!!

  • amyrn Dec 24, 2008

    I have three tats that are easily covered on a daily basis. You would never assume that I had them if you met me. My self esteem is no lower than anyone else's. My tats have a meaning for me and whether you like it or not, I don't give a rat's behind. If a person is clean, then the tats and the piercings don't bother me. I was a hiring manager in a previous position and I didn't let a person's tats (unless it was racist) color my opinion of that person. I cannot believe how narrow minded some of the people that post up here are. That being said, I agree with not tattooing a person's name on your body unless it is a child or in "memory of" someone.

  • frosty Dec 24, 2008

    Wheather you like it or not, tattoos and piercings make a statment. And that statment may not be what you think it might be. Like many other dress and fashion "statments" I am amazed at how many people are proud of looking stupid.

  • rebekah816 Dec 24, 2008

    HUGE mistake...NEVER tattoo someone else's name on your body, unless it happens to be one of your kids...that's the only exception, as I see it!!!

  • Hip-Shot Dec 24, 2008

    I can understand the purpose of the law being in place. A tattoo is a permanent thing and like many other things kids do,they come to regret them as they grow older. I have a younger friend that I hunt with that has a tattoo on his arm that he desperately wants removed. The tattoo was the name of a girl that he intended to spend "eternity with". Now they are no longer even on speaking terms.

    I have nothing against tattoos as long as they are done tastefully although I have none on my body.

  • rebekah816 Dec 24, 2008

    Ye, that sounds a little backwards, doesn't it? Piercings are easily removed, tattoos are not...so I'd think that having consent for a tattoo would be much more important than for a piercing. Anyone know the actual reasoning behind this?

  • nobama Dec 24, 2008

    Piercings and tattoos are a way of expressing oneself. It is a matter of free speech and something the government should not limit. I don't see anything wrong with what the man did.

  • FragmentFour Dec 24, 2008

    Tattooing is one thing - neglecting to have a parental consent clause in the law is sheer stupidity. Unless the state legislature wants to take on the responsibility of raising every child with the boundaries of North Carolina it had better back off the voting.

  • ashandcamsmom Dec 24, 2008

    You people crack me up...i have 3 tattoos and my nose is pierced used to have my tongue pierced too...im 31, married w/ 2 kids and am not looking for any attention!

    my tattoos represent my children.

    how dare you judge someone for the way they look! Apprently YOU are the one looking for attention with those comments! You have received it too by those of us who took your comments to heart...GROW UP and stop judging people. Til you walk a day in their shoes you dont know anything about them or their life!