Board of Health OK’s tattoos for teens

The Board of Health voted this week to allow children ages 14 to 17 to get tattoos from licensed artists if they have written consent from a parent or guardian who accompanies them to the tattoo parlor. Board member Nancie Zecco told The Telegram & Gazette 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 said that even though it is legal, he has no intention of inking children. He said a tattoo is a lifelong decision a child is not prepared to make. (AP)