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Elite Ink Studios Welcomes Proposed Minimum Age Tattoo Bill
The proposed Bill would make it illegal for clients 16 and under to receive tattoos or piercings with the exception of ear piercings.
John Motyka of Elite Ink in Centerline says his companies policy has been in effect for years and is in direct correlation with the proposed ban for minors 16 and under.
"From day 1 our company has done a great job self policing our clients. Our minimum age for tattoos is 16. Even if a person is 16 or 17 and they have proper parental consent we ultimately have the final decision. In some instances if we feel the tattoo is unethical we will refuse the service."
Motyka stated that he sent a certified letter to then Attorney General Jennifer Granholm in 1998 stating that there should be a minimum age requirement for individuals receiving tattoos.
" It was obvious there was much ground to be covered to legitimize tattoos in the 90's and the minimum age requirement was an important factor needing to be updated. It is refreshing to know that this needed change is in the works to gain additional legitimacy for the tattoo industry".
Motyka also believes that the availability of tattoo equiptment to the general public should be looked at introspectively.
"There are local tattoo supply stores currently selling tattoo equipment to anyone who is willing to buy. Some of these individuals may have not been properly trained and certainly may not be licensed. There should consideration towards a Bill that imposes that sellers can only sell to licensed tattoo facilities".
Having a permanent tattoo applied is a life long decision that should be approached with due dilligence. Do not make a hasten decision that has not been well thought out. Make sure the studio is professional and the tattooist is skillful and desirous to take on the project.When a tattoo is well planned this investment of a lifetime can be absolutely rewarding.
Page Updated Last on: Sep 20, 2013