State expected to increase penalty for tattooing minors

State expected to increase penalty for tattooing minors (Image 1)

The House General Subcommittee of Commerce is expected to increase the penalty for tattooing minors when they meet Wednesday morning.

The proposed bill will change the law by making it a Class E felony for a tattoo artist to permanently mark a minor.

In addition to the new charges, the bill also holds the minor responsible by making it a misdemeanor for presenting a fake ID to receive a tattoo.

The bill would also require adults to notify the health department if they discover a minor has a tattoo.

Chris Saint Clark of Kustom Thrills told Nashville's News 2 his tattoo studio has always had strict rules concerning minors.

“We just choose not to do that at all, we just don't think it's good business practice,” he said, adding, “I'd rather tattoo 18 and up and that's it. There's no question about it.”

Saint Clark said he believes the bill will in no way harm Tennessee's tattoo industry, only encourage studios to uphold high standards.

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