Major Punishment For Minor Tattoos

A new law would make it a felony for inking kids

Tattoo artists had better start carrying permission slips.

A new law could land needle wizards in prison for five years if they ink anyone under 18 years of age without parental consent.
Currently, it’s just a misdemeanor to tat up a kid who is looking to make a statement on their body. The new bill, which passed a pivotal House committee vote Wednesday, would make the offense a third-degree felony.
Supporters of the bill call tattooing a “risky procedure” for kids. Maybe they haven’t seen a music video lately.
Even the kids on Sesame Street are “tatted up” these days.

There is little regulation of the 800 or so licensed tattoo parlors across the state (not including the ones operating out of mom's garage). But if the bill passes, putting a butterfly on Little Mary might land you in the big house with a new clientele.

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