Body Piercing And Tattoos


Sunday, December 18, 2005

Parents given a say with regards to children’s piercings and tattoos

Parents given a say with regards to children’s piercings and tattoos
El Paso parents were given some power back Tuesday.
A new city ordinance now makes it illegal for minors to get a tattoo, and body piercings must now require parental consent.
These new requirements will affect tattoo parlors and piercing shops all over the city. They are part of a new set of state laws that went into effect in order to give parents more say on what happens to their children’s bodies.
City council passed the new ordinances Tuesday.
One makes it illegal for anyone to tattoo a person under the age of 18, and another ordinance slaps a felony charge on to anyone who body pierces a minor under the age of 18 without parental consent.
Body piercing shops and tattoo parlors must now get a permit from the city, in addition to a license from the state.
There was some concern raised by City Representative Anthony Cobos, who wondered if these new requirements will create underground piercing shops.
But officials with the City-County Health Department said the new ordinances will give local police the authority to shut down illegal shops.
Officials with the City-County Health Department plan to meet with owners of these shops in the coming week to discuss when to put the new ordinance into effect.

Tattoo, body piercing had to be regulated

The tattoo and body-piercing industry badly needed to be regulated in the state. That’s why the General Assembly took the appropriate step recently in enforcing an amendment that was passed in 2002 – an amendment that had been unused due to a lack of administrative regulation. Under the new regulations, beginning April 1, children under the age of 18 must have written, notarized permission from their parents in order to get a tattoo or a piercing. Body-piercing businesses would also have to apply for registration and a certificate from the local health department. This is just common sense. Local health departments, which will be regulating the facilities, will be making routine checks to ensure that businesses are following state guidelines. Enforcement is crucial in order for this to work. Another vital part of the amendment holds piercing businesses to the same health guidelines as tattoo parlors. This will ensure that the facilities use sanitized tools to perform their procedures. It could also cut down on diseases that are spread through the use of needles and unsanitary practices. Most business owners weren’t upset with the new law and actually say that they welcome it. Jon Fowler, manager of Topper’s Fineline Tattoos and Pro Body Piercing, said that the new regulations wouldn’t affect his business much. “We followed the regulations of cleanliness before, too, but it’s about time they passed some regulation,” Fowler said. “Some people get in this industry and don’t take it seriously. They just get into it for the dollar bills.” Others in the business, such as Brad Ausbrooks, tattoo artist at Artistic Encounter, said that the law might actually help because it would make 18-year-olds want a tattoo or piercing more. This could be true, and when they turn 18 it is ultimately their choice. But at least they will have a few years to mature before making that critical decision. Under these guidelines, the tattoo and body-piercing businesses will be better regulated and some children will make more informed decisions at 18 than they would at an earlier age.