Ok. First off, I don't really want to catch a bunch of negativity about tattoos in the first place. Just want to see what others think of this situation. Currently I am 17, making me a minor and unable to get tattoos without parental consent. One of my friends at work does tattoos as a side job and said he could do one for me. Knowing he was unlicensed, I began looking at what I could potentially want and talking to my mom about it. My mom said I could do it, I went ahead with it, and then got another a few weeks later. (Side note: I live with my stepmom and real dad) The day of high school graduation my stepmom and dad discover my first one, on my back. They go crazy and talk of me being grounded for life and putting the guy who did it in jail. They tell me I have to get blood tests to see if I have HIV or Hepatitus C or something like that. I watched him open the needle and clean all the other stuff. The tattoos healed properly and are looking really good. This morning around 8:30 my stepmom runs in and says "Show me your ankle!", where my other is. How she found out I don't know. Now I have to tell my dad tonight when I get off work. If my dad wasn't going to press charges, he certainly is now. My questions: Are they overreacting? Can my friend get in any real trouble for this? Could I die?