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MASSACHUSETTS: Tattoos for Teens Made Legal in Massachusetts Town


Associated Press (04.06.12) - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Webster Board of Health has voted to allow children ages 14-17 to be tattooed by licensed artists, provided their parent or guardian gives written consent and accompanies them to the tattoo parlor. The goal of the policy is to prevent teenagers from patronizing unlicensed artists, which would raise their risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis, and other infections. The town of about 17,000 has two tattoo shops. The owner of one - noting that getting a tattoo is a lifelong decision - said that regardless of the law, he has no intention of tattooing "kids."


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