Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a proposal cracking down on the tattooing of minors into law. The law makes it illegal for anyone who is unlicensed to possess tattooing paraphernalia.
The measure also encourages reporting incidents of underage tattooing to the Health Department. Currently, a person under 18 cannot get a tattoo. A 16-year-old can be tattooed to cover up an existing one, but only if a parent or guardian is present.