Tattoo Legislation

Tattooing of Minors Act 1969 (Chapter 24)

An act to prohibit the following of persons under the age of eighteen year. (16/5/69)

  1. It shall be an offence to tattoo a person under the age of eighteen except when the tattoo is performed by a person working under his direction, but it shall be a defence for a person charged to show that at the time the tattoo was performed he had reasonable cause to believe that the person tattooed was of or over the age of eighteen and did in fact believe.
  2. Any person committing such an offence shall be liable on summery conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds, or, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds.
  3. For the purpose of this act “tattoo” shall mean the insertion into the skin of any colouring material designed to leave a permanent mark.
  4. This act may be cited as the Tattoo of Minors Act 1969.
  5. This act shall come into force at the expiration of one month beginning with the date it is passed.
  6. This Act shall not extend to Northern Ireland.

You must be 18 to get a tattoo – it’s the law!


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