As the popularity of body art grows, states have struggled to keep pace with the new art forms. From tattooing, to piercings, to sub-dermal implants, to body painting state legislatures have had to amend their body art laws to ensure that the activity is performed safely, does not conflict with the activities of other certified professionals (such as dentists or ophthalmologists), and protects minors.
Almost every state have laws addressing some aspect of body art. (Nevada has no laws addressing body art; Maryland has very limited laws). At least 45 states have laws prohibiting minors from getting tattoos. Thirty-eight states have laws that prohibit both body piercing and tattooing on minors without parental permission.
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Source: National Conference of State Legislatures, 2009.