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Are inked pro athletes influencing young athletes?

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Some high school kids say they'd never do it.

Others can't wait until their 18th birthday to get a tattoo.

A growing number of young athletes have their eyes on the pros and their ink.

Mansfield Timberview freshman Dallas Rosalez is 14. He's too young to legally get a tattoo but wants one when he turns 18. 

"I would get a tattoo or two but I wouldn't go all out with tattoos just get an entire arm or body covered in tattoos."

Tattoos are becoming more prevalent with professional athletes and what the pro's do, kids want to do too.

Texas Ranger Elvis Andrus posted his new tattoo on his Twitter page of an arm full of artwork mainly playing tribute to his father who died when he was young.

Tattoo artist Andy Martinez has seen parents bring kids in as young as 14 to get a tattoo.

Martinez has done tattoo work for NFL players like Antonio Pierce and Jessie Armstead.

He's seen a huge increase in business from college athletes.

First baseman Matt Thorne said he has friends with tattoos and friends who want to get inked.

It's just not something this Southwest Christian senior is ready to do.

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