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Body Artists Commend New Piercing Law

New Tattoo and Piercing Law for Minors

SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) --  Local body artists say they support a newly signed law that requires teens to have the written consent of a parent or legal guaradian when getting a body piercing.

We first told you about the law on Monday, which officially takes effect in October.  Governor Cuomo signed the legislation to better protect teens from infections and blood borne disease that can take happen if a piercing isn't properly cared for.  Nearly 20 percent of all body piercings get some sort of infection.

Local body artists say making sure parents know their teens are getting pierced will help cut down on some of the risks like keloids, permanent scarring, and even hepatitis.

"We already do that, we've been doing that for years," says Chad Roloson, owner of Tattoorolo Shop in Corning.  "We won't pierce anybody under 18 without parental consent, we won't tattoo anyone under the age of 18 at all. I think it's good."

"If a parent isn't here, you're sending a minor off not knowing what'll happen of if they'll actually take care of it when they leave here," says Josette Cook at Bring Your Skin Tattoo shop in Bath.  "Parents are usually  more concerned than their child is about piercings. So it's definitley a good thing."