Well I don't think you're gonna stop her, I don't have a kid myself but I would want to make sure she goes to a reputable and safe place. You may want to do some research and tell her your feelings and why tattoos aren't always great for young kids, but end it with if you're going to ... go here to be safe.
If she has a friend getting one see if you can talk her into letting her friend go first, maybe thr sight of the blood and needle might change her mind.
It depends where it is, what is it, and your comfort with your daughter having a tattoo. Tell her to think about the future because tattoos don't last forever and does she want to be an old lady with a saggy tattoo? And if she ever decides to get it removed it's super expensive and doesn't work completely all the time. So you should sit down and talk to her about it and in the end it's your decision.
I would wait tell she is 18. Then she can legally go to a tattoo shop by herself and get one. This will give her more time to think about what she wants. I wasn't the same when I was 16 vs. 18. I grew up a lot.
Tell her exactly what you want to tell her NO. Your the parent and you don't have to completely explain yourself all the time so give her a "no, because your too young" and leave it at that. NEVER argue with a child because you've already lost. Arguing with her will let her know that your both on the same level and that's not true. Don't be afraid that she'll rebel because all kids don't.
Legal age to get a tattoo with out parental permissions 18. Some tattoo shops with tattoo a child WITH parental permission as young as 16 , very few will allow younger. So ultimately it is ur choice to allow the 16 yr old to get a tattoo in a clean and regulated shop. How ever if she is determined to get one at this age and u r not willing to sign for it she may know how to get ahold of a shady underground artist. There are lots of very talented knowledgeable clean sterile people who work for them selves and not in a shop that is regulated by the state and health departments but she may not be aware of the things she should be very careful of. My suggestion to u is decide first if u really want her to get one. After all it is her body she is the one that should pay for it and she's the one that has to live with her choice. Make her do research on what she wants, where on her body she wants it, and which shop she wants to go to make sure she learns about the sterilization process at the shop as well as check with the health department for any claims against them. Have her present it to u in a very proffessional adult manner. And I would also make her do research on what has happened to people who found a bad artist or a dirty place. She needs to know if she's uneducated on sterilization processes that a shop has to go through and why she may not under stand what risks she is in for. Hepatitis HIV cellulitis are just a few diseases and infections she can get if she's not careful . And if she that determined and willing to go through all of this to get a tattoo make sure she researches what it takes to get one removed.. It costs alot to get laser removal and it's not 100 percent undetectable. That may be the best deterrent to her to really think about it long and hard.
I got my first tattoo right before I graduated high school at the age of 18 and after 10 yrs I do not regret any of my tattoos except the one i have of my ex husbands name. I am having a heck of a time trying to figure out something to cover it with, but it's big and bold so it's very difficult . And my best friend received her first one at 16 with her parents permission. They had the " it's ur body u have to live with ur choices" and she paid for it. It may have helped that her parents both had tattoos too but I don't really know.
Good luck . Take her to some shops and talk to the artists they will also help u with some stories that may want to make her think twice as well
Okay my mother would say she's toying but you should ask her if it's really what she wants, if shell always be interested in it... If it's little an a symbol like a ladybug not like teenage mutant ninja turtles or something shell grow out of let her know what's up maybe she'll change her mind but it's up to you cuz she's 16
Kids that are in 8th grade have them! But please remind your daughter that there are risks! Such as: disease, infection, burning, and in he future she mat ask herself why did I get this tattoo! Also when she applies to college they people will notice it.