[source: Casey Victory/Facebook]
The teenager staring into the distance above is Casey Victory, and she’s currently the rope in a tug-of-war between her parents, in Australia.
Casey’s parents are currently in a court battle because her father gave his consent for her to get a tattoo, and her mom is upset about it.
I know a few legal practitioners and I can tell you that litigation isn’t cheap. This seems like a pointless and pricey endeavour on the part of her mother, but it’s not my place to tell people how to spend their money.
I’m also of the firm belief that teenagers should not be allowed to get tattoos, but not for the reasons outlined by Casey’s mom, which we’ll get to in a second.
Teens under 18 are still growing so that ink is going to stretch and age badly. When I was 18, I thought it was a great idea to get stars tattooed on my neck. I spent the next few years explaining to people that I didn’t do it as a tribute to Rihanna.
This accounts for why, in both Australia and South Africa, teens under 18 require a parent’s consent if they want to get inked.
Moving on, with Sky News:
Bradley Victory, 45, denied actual bodily harm and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at a court in Picton in New South Wales.
His former wife, Nadine Rees, brought the case after the couple’s daughter, Casey Victory, had a tattoo of a dreamcatcher, a Native American symbol, inked on to her ankle on New Year’s Eve.
The girl hasn’t seen her mother for three years, according to court papers filed by Mr Victory.
That’s an extreme charge, the maximum penalty for which is 14 years imprisonment.
I don’t think Casey’s mom is going to come out of this with the sentencing she’s after.
Casey, now 17, supported her father in court, and told The Daily Telegraph: “It’s horrible … Dad’s done nothing wrong and it was my choice to get it done.”
“Dad ummed and aahed about it… Dad’s like, ‘I’m not going to be hypocritical’ – he’s got tattoos,” she added.
Mr Victory told the Australian newspaper outside court: “She was 16, she got a tattoo and her mother doesn’t want her to have a tattoo.”
The teen wanted the tattoo, and the dad signed a form. This hardly amounts to child abuse.
This is very silly.
If you’d like to get tattooed, do yourself a favour and avoid the coronavirus-themed ones doing the rounds.
The case will return to court in September.
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