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Tattoo ordinance being considered in Knox County

Knox County officials are considering updating the county's aging tattoo ordinance.

Posted: Mar 8, 2019 6:57 PM

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Joe Yuris opened Black Rose Tattoos just two weeks ago. While he is new to town the shop is not his first.

Yuris says, "Prior to here we were over in Illinois. We came over here. It's a pretty good area so that's kind of where I want to go. I think there's somewhere around 20 thousand people it's just kind of a good area for tattooing."

Six tattoo establishments call Vincennes home.

Knox County health inspector Madeline Moon says, "Looking at bigger cities near us, within an hour of us, they've got five times the population we have. But they have close to the same amount of tattoo establishments."

If passed, a new ordinance would bring those businesses up to new standards. Those standards include changes to tool cleaning, apprentices, and requiring liability insurance.

Moon explains, "The ordinance we have was outdated when we adopted it. So you know from 2003 until now technology has changed. Tools have changed. These rules are just to keep up with the times."

Moon says she has been getting input from local parlors like Black Rose. Yuris says they are already following many of the proposed guidelines. Making changes before it becomes a law.

Yuris says, "There's nothing in there that really is so costly that it's going to hurt what we're doing."

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