Parents' Guide to

Miami Ink

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Tattoo reality show is tamer than you might think.

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Viewers will likely find the shop's owners the most interesting part of the show. They work hard and play hard, often playing practical jokes on each other and ribbing one another the way fraternity brothers do. Lone female Kat sometimes gets in on the action, too, as does apprentice Yoji Harada.

Though the Miami Ink cameras capture the tattoo process, no blood is involved, and only those with the weakest stomachs will want to hide their eyes. The show's producers manage to show the softer side of an art form that's often maligned and misunderstood. That said, some parents may be uncomfortable with the subject matter, which does endorse body art and doesn't dwell on the risks and possible side effects.

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