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  • Summary date: Apr 1 2019 - View Summary

    Amends GS 130A­-283. Defines a number of terms, including body art (procedures conducted for artistic purposes that include body piercing, branding, scarification, subdermal implants, and tattooing as these terms are also newly defined). Redefines tattooing to exclude the production of scars (now defined as  scarification). Applies existing regulations of tattooing to all forms of body art. Creates a new Class A1 misdemeanor consisting of any violation of GS 130A­-283. Adds text clarifying that GS 130A­-283 does not authorize licensed body artists to insert an object under the skin, treat injuries or disorders of the body, or practice medicine. Makes conforming changes.

    Amends GS 130A-­29(c) to apply the existing regulation of tattooing to all forms of body art.

    Amends GS 130A-­39(g) to make a conforming change.

    Effective January 1, 2020, and applies to permits granted on or after that date. Permits for tattooing issued before that date, but not yet expired, remain valid until expiration.