New Tattoo, Piercing Rules in Ohio

By: Danielle Staub, James Sparvero Email
By: Danielle Staub, James Sparvero Email

If you live in Ohio and are thinking about getting a tattoo or a piercing, listen up, because some laws are about to change.

Starting September 1, piercing guns will only be used on lower earlobes.

Also, anyone under 18 will have a harder time getting private body parts pierced, even with parental consent.

As for tattoo artists, new state laws require all body art businesses to have an infection and disease control plan.

Local artists say the changes are good for the industry.

"I think the rules are awesome. I mean, I think it's going to help the industry as a whole as far as the people are doing it now and haven't served formal apprenticeship. It will weed out the people who aren't doing it right," says Al Sully, a tattoo artist at Kelly Ink.

Ohio tattoo and piercing laws were last changed back in the late 90's.

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