I am a professional tattoo artist here in Missouri and had a question pertaining to the Emancipation law arise today. If a child of 16 is emancipated from their parents, can they sign for themselves to get either a piercing or a tattoo procedure?
What I do know:
MO law explicitly states that any minor MUST be accompanied by either a biological parent or legal guardian, who must sign a notarized form stating that they are, in fact, the legal guardian, and must provide some form of ID.
It is my understanding that a minor, or someone under the age of 18, cannot, legally, enter into a legally binding contract, such as a tattoo or piercing release form. Therefore, I can only assume that even though the minor is legally emancipated, they do not fulfill the age requirements set forth, essentially leaving them in "limbo" until they reach the age of 18.
Am I correct in this assumption? I hate to assume anything, and I could find no examples of this particular situation elsewhere, so I thought I would try here. Any input or information regarding this would be greatly appreciated. I can explain more of our shops procedures regarding parent/minor consent if it's required for the purpose of answering this question.
Thank you for your time.