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Tattoos for teens made legal in Mass. town

April 6, 2012
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WEBSTER, Mass.—A Massachusetts town has made it legal for children as young as 14 to get tattoos.

The Webster Board of Health this week voted to allow children ages 14 to 17 to get tattoos from licensed artists if they have written consent from a parent or guardian who also accompanies them to the tattoo parlor.

Board member Nancie Zecco tells The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/HsJkbi) the goal is to prevent teens from going to unlicensed artists, which can spread HIV, hepatitis and infections.

The owner of one of the two tattoo parlors in the town of about 17,000 says even though it's legal, he has no intention of inking "kids." He says a tattoo is a lifelong decision a child isn't prepared to make and compared it to handing a 16-year-old a cigarette.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com

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