A bill has passed the Senate that calls for more regulation of body art according to an August 20 report by The Inquisitor. In fact, it would place a ban on "non-traditional body art and skin implants." The bill's sponsor, Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain View, Arkansas, aims to limit body art procedures, particularly scarification and dermal implants.
Bill to ban body art passed Senate
In Senator Irvin's opinion the procedures are dangerous not only to the patient but also to the community. Her reasoning is that scarification is a procedure tattoo artists are not qualified to perform for sanitary reasons. Now, by a vote of 26-4, the Senate moved to outlaw scarification, a procedure that involves scarring of skin by scratching or using heat to create an inkless tattoo, and implants that insert ornaments under the skin including dermal implant jewelry or sub dermal implants like those Lizardman wears over each of his eyes to achieve a horned ridge effect.
Senator Missy Irvin also cites the history of scarification as a reason for banning it. "One of the students at my school was from an African tribe, and hearing her stories about female circumcision was pretty harrowing." However, that practice is not scarification, nor an implant procedure.
This bill raises the question of whether or not the government should have authority to dictate what a person wears as body art. Is the bill constitutional or just a way to take control over body art some find unappealing? What happened to freedom of expression? An individual has the right to do whatever they want with their body as long as they aren't hurting anyone else. If people can't go to a tattoo parlor will that stop them from getting the body art they want? Probably not. Instead of visiting a tattoo shop that follows sanitation regulations, people will probably go underground and turn to getting scarification body art in the home where the risks are greater.
While the bill has passed the US Senate, now it goes to the House. Since news of the bill was released, it has stalled but is still active and awaiting a vote. What do you think of more regulation?