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Published June 28, 2010, 09:14 AM

New Minnesota law puts age restriction on tattoos and piercing

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Getting a tattoo and a piercing before you're 18 currently requires your parents permission, but a new Minnesota law that takes effect July 1st will be changing that.

The art of the needle will be getting a bit more regulated starting July first.

Skyler Fogderud: "I think if your parents consent, it should be alright, but parents don’t always know what’s good for the kid."

A new Minnesota law makes it illegal for anyone under 18 to get a tattoo and most types of piercings; even if you get your parents permission. Artist Anita Burbeck says the new law comes as a surprise and says the state didn't do a good job of warning businesses about the change.

Anita Burbeck: "There was no notification, no talking to any of the established shops to find out what their feeling was about the issue."

Underage tattoos make up a small fraction of her business, but she says the underage piercing business is booming.

Anita Burbeck: "In the piercing trade, there are much larger numbers that come in for the piercing so I think it will hit them more than it will hit those that are just tattooing."

The new law will only affect tattoo shops in Minnesota so that means artists across the border are hoping for some more business.

Paul Johnson: "I think a lot of underage people are going to be getting tattooed still to this day, they're just going to have to come to North Dakota to do it."

The new talk about thing to do on your 18th birthday might just be the ink, or needle. You are still able to get your ears pierced as long as you have a parent with you at the shop. And starting January first, every shop and individual artists will need to be licensed by the state.