2012 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 44 - Health
Chapter 34 - TATTOOING
Section 44-34-100 - Unlawful acts; penalties.


SC Code § 44-34-100 (2012) What's This?

(A) It is unlawful for a person to perform or offer to perform tattooing upon a person under the age of eighteen years.

(B) The minor upon whom tattooing is performed, or the parent or legal guardian of that minor, or any other minor is not liable for punishment pursuant to this section.

(C) Tattooing may not be performed upon a person impaired by drugs or alcohol. A person impaired by drugs or alcohol is considered incapable of consenting to tattooing and incapable of understanding tattooing procedures and aftercare suggestions.

(D) Tattooing may not be performed on skin surfaces having a rash, pimples, boils, keloids, sunburn, open lesions, infections, or manifest any evidence of unhealthy conditions.

(E) It is unlawful for a tattoo artist to tattoo any part of the head, face, or neck of another person.

(F) A person who violates a provision of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined up to two thousand five hundred dollars or imprisoned up to one year, or both.

(G) All licensing fees and monetary penalties collected must be remitted to the Department of Health and Environmental Control in a separate and distinct account to be used solely to carry out and enforce the provisions of this chapter.

HISTORY: 2004 Act No. 250, Section 1, eff June 17, 2004; 2010 Act No. 133, Section 2, eff March 30, 2010.

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