Knox County looks to update tattoo, piercing regulations

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Officials are hoping to update regulations for tattoo and piercing shops in Knox County.

The Health Department says that current regulations are outdated and in some case dangerous.

The purposed ordinance aims to remove mobile tattooing due to its difficulty to regulate. It also prohibits any scarification, branding and implanting.

Those new to the industry working as an apprentice would have to obtain a specific license. They would also be required to get a waiver signed by the person they are working on.

Under the new ordinance, artists would have to take an in-person test about health knowledge specific to tattooing and piercing, rather than taking it online, to ensure authenticity.

The ordinance is in the process of being presented to commissioners.

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