Why do so many kids have tattoos in 13 Reasons Why?

Firstly, I have nothing against tattoos. I am definitely not one of those "your tattoos make you a horrible mother" Facebook page weirdos. However, after a few episodes into13 Reason's Whyon Netflix, I couldn't help but notice the startling amount of teenagers with tattoos.

I first noticed Tony's stars behind his ear and cross on his forearm but dismissed it as part of his bad boy persona. But then I noticed Justin's tattoo at the basketball game and then there's Skye’s in your face throat tattoos.

I was able to rule out a lack of makeup to cover up the tattoos with a quick search through several cast member's instagrams because the actors don't have those tattoos in real life. So the tattoos was a deliberate costume choice but how realistic is it to have so manyminorswith tattoos? Where are their parents?

But I suppose that's the point. Either the parents are absent or they are so out of touch with their kids that they don't have a clue what is going on in their child's life.The deliberate choice of the tattoos points to the lack of parental presence in13 Reasons Why.

Justin's mother is a drug addict and takes little notice of him. Her boyfriend is abusive.
We never see Tony's parents. We also never see Skye's parents but we do see the cuts on her wrists thatpresumably her parents do not know about.

Undoubtedlythe worst of all the students in question is Bryce. Though rich, his parents are never present in the show. We only see what the look like through a family portrait that Jason stares at. When Clay asks Bryce "You keep [your weed] on the coffee table?" Bryce replies by stating they're not home.

Even the parents of the characterswithout tattoos have parents are just as absent. In the first episode, Clay's mother informs him that the school emailed to which he replies "explains why Dad showed interest in my life". This leads us to believe that Clay's dad doesn't normally interested in his son's life. Later, we find out that Clay's parents don't even know who his friends are.

13 Reasons Whydoesn't hand blame to any single person. The characters in each of the tapes should be held accountable for their actions and the various ways they let Hannah down.Tattoos or not, thecharacterson the tapes are children plain and simple andtherefore the parents in the show also bear some of the blame.


  1. I noticed all the tattoos as well and thought it was strange!

  2. Hi Cynthia. Thanks for sharing this. I am hesitant to watch the 13 reasons and a lot of people are talking about it. I just thought what is the point of watching it if it is something about suicide. But tonight i am watching it.

  3. There is a lot of controversy over this show. Primarily how it glorifies suicide and "alternate" social groups (heavily tatooed teenagers?! really!?). I wish I could ban if from my Netflix so my teenager doesn't watch it.

    1. Banning your teenager from ANYTHING will only make them 1. Want it more, 2. Hide it from you, 3. Make them feel as though you are out of touch and/or that you just "don't get it." I'm middle aged and it amazes me how many of my peers seem to have completely blocked out all memories of what it was like to be young. Lastly, tattoos are the least you should worry about - you should be more concerned with making sure your kid isn't stealing your prescription meds.

    2. The show do not "glorifies" suicide like you say but it shows you how teenager really live certain situation and how they deal with it. It's good that they make it b/c in a way it tells people in general that whatever hardship they goes through suicide is not the solution as it leave the people behind devastated and should think twice before doing the worst act

  4. First and foremost, if you are going to get a tattoo, get it done safely! Remember, a tattoo is a puncture wound that needs to be taken care of just like any other scrape or cut that you may get.face tattoos