Proposed regulation changes could ban tattoos on scarred skin

Proposed ban to tattooing over scarred skin

LOUISVILLE, KY (WLKY/CBS) - The Department for Public Health has filed proposed new regulations for tattooing in Kentucky.

It is the first time in 15 years that updates have been made to the state’s body art regulations.

One of the proposed changes under Standard Operating Procedures for Tattooing is that tattooing of scarred skin is prohibited.

The proposal does not define “scarred skin” and artists say without clarification, tattoos would be considered as a scar, so they could not provide cover-up tattoos either.

“On average, at least probably two or three times a week, you get somebody coming in here that wants some type of scar covered up,” Tattoo Charlie’s manager and artist Darin Ennis told WLKY. “Generally, they’re self-inflicted scars from kids that were not really sure of their place in society for a while. Some of them are surgical scars, some are burn scars.”

At Zoe’s Tattoos and Piercings in Old Louisville, the owner said they tattoo over scars nearly every day.

“It’s really a healing process,” owner Alonzo Chappell said. “I mean, a lot of people come to have closure or maybe a scar or some kind of burn.”

The Department for Public Health has not said why it wants to ban tattooing over scars.

A public hearing on the proposed regulations will be held on Tuesday, May 28. It will be at the Health Services Building in Frankfort, Ky. at 9 a.m.

Written comments on the topic are being accepted until May 31.

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