when the minors show distress. Allowing minors to get tattoos under parental approval and
supervision would suffice to address their needs.
The external world influences and modifies the id to transform into the ego. Parents use
the ego part of their personalities to satisfy the needs of minors in socially acceptable ways.
Gratifying the urges of the id may entail delaying fulfillment and trying to release the tension
that compels the instant fulfillment of the urges. The real function of the ego motivates parents to
recognize and respond to the needs of minors, rather than ignore them (Sugarman 1271). Parents
should act responsibly by allowing and supervising minors to get tattoos instead of disregarding
the minors only to pursue selfish ends. Denying minors the opportunity to get tattoos by citing
lack of time may prove costly when children harm themselves and illustrate poor parenting.
Parents utilize their superego to subdue the id and direct the ego to act morally. After
minors demand to get tattoos, parents begin to reason to determine the best response to the
demand. Permitting minors to get tattoos may seem morally unrealistic, especially in
communities that detest tattoos and the alternative response may trigger a negative response from
the minors. Parents weigh the options keenly before making the socially acceptable decision to
gratify the needs of the minors. Allowing minors to get tattoos under strict parental supervision
will ensure that the artists draw socially acceptable tattoos and maintain proper safety standards.
Freud described a practical model to support the debate whether minors can get tattoos if
permitted by their parents. The ego, id, and superego represent essential parts of personality
development that explain the behavior differences between children and adults. The id
predominantly influences the behavior of minors to require instant satisfaction of primitive
urges. The ego will interact with the reality or world experiences to link the superego and the