A county health department in the process of updating its regulations on body art ― piercings, tattoos, scarification ― contacted the Network for information about regulations in other jurisdictions that define, prohibit, or allow for more unusual forms of body art such as tongue bifurcation (in which the tongue is permanently altered by cutting it centrally from its tip), suspension (hoisting a person into the air via body piercings), and subdermal implants (the insertion of foreign objects under the skin to achieve artistic effects).
The Network provided a number of resources on laws and regulations related to body art:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s map of state tattooing and piercing regulations. Though this map appears to have been prepared with a focus on reducing exposure to blood borne pathogens, it may help easily locate laws in each state relative to body art.
- The National Conference of State Legislatures has compiled a list of state body art laws with very brief descriptions. This list does not include links, so it may be best used in conjunction with the CDC’s map.
- Two Network resources on the subject:
- A non-comprehensive list of state and local laws that address tongue bifurcation, suspension, and/or subdermal implants:
- Eau Claire City/County, Wisconsin - see licenses, section 6-0.050 (E)
- Rolette County, North Dakota - see facility licensing requirements, section E; public notification requirements, section L (and notices on pages 19 and 20 of the PDF)
- Anoka County, Minnesota - see prohibited activities, section 2
- Allen County, Indianapolis - see definitions, section 10-7- 2-18; prohibitions, section 10- 7-15-1
- Davis County, Utah - see prohibitions, section 5.12
- Macomb County, Michigan - see prohibitions, section 7.1
- City of Vineland, New Jersey - see prohibitions, section 643-7
- Southern Nevada Health District - see definitions, section 1
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