State will not ban tattooing over scarred skin

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky will not keep tattoo artists from tattooing over scar tissue.

On Tuesday, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced it was not moving forward with a proposal that would prohibit the practice.

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The decision comes after public outcry. The cabinet says it received more than 600 public comments and many packed a public meeting in May to speak out against the proposal.

“We truly appreciate the valuable input from the public in the regulation review process,” Dr. Jeff Howard, Commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Public Health, said in a statement. “Based on comments received, we elected to remove the language relating to scar tissue.”

The cabinet did add updates to its tattoo regulations, including requiring new tattoo artists to complete a blood-borne pathogen training and having a notarized statement of parental consent for a minor seeking a tattoo without a parent or legal guardian present.