Ban on tattooing over scars dropped from regulation proposal in Kentucky


The people have spoken and now Kentucky health officials are dropping what became a controversial line from their proposed regulation on tattooing.

The Department for Public Health proposed new body art legislation back in April.

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

The original proposal would have banned tattooing on scarred skin. That led to public outcry from many people trying to cover up scars from things like burns, surgeries or self-inflicted wounds.

“It’s really a healing process. I mean, a lot of people come to have closure on maybe a scar or some kind of burn,” Alonzo Chappell, owner of Zoe’s Tattoos and Piercings in Old Louisville, said.

On Tuesday, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced they would drop the line addressing scarred skin from the proposal.

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