Amendments to South Australia’s Summary Offences Act
South Australian parliament has passed amendments to the Body Piercing and Body Modification section of the Summary Offences Act. Minors must now be accompanied by their parent or guardian when getting a body piercing. And only those over the age of 18 can get body modifications (tattoos, ear stretching, branding, scarification, tongue splitting) or genital piercings.
I believe these amendments put South Australia in line with the other states. These laws are in place to protect body piercers and tattooers, and their clients. If you find a body piercer or tattooer not abiding by these laws, avoid them at all costs; a true professional would not risk breaking the law and getting fined. Read the full article here.
Discrimination in the South Australian Police Force
What do you think about tattooed police officers? South Australia wants their tattooed police officers to cover up and may refuse tattooed people for applying to the police force. I see this as feeding the generalisation that tattooed people are criminals. As tattoos gain popularity there will be less people able to apply for the SA police force because they’re turning away perfectly acceptable applicants. Read the full article here.
Here are a couple of gems I found in the comment section:
“Tattoos are an abuse of the person and are ugly. I do not trust anyone with a tattoo.” You just have to laugh at comments like this. People would be surprised by the number of people they encounter socially or at work who have tattoos(but are hidden at the time), and they are none the wiser.
“Do these officers enjoy being tattooed by the bikies the so deeply despise. Good call banning them. Arent they suppose to be role models” Yet another misinformed person. For the most part tattooers are not bikies and have no connections with bikie gangs whatsoever.
More Christmas Present Ideas
Hart & Huntington Clothing
Get in quick to pick up some bargains from Hart & Huntington for the motocross fan or tattoo collector in your family. There are hats, men’s and women’s shirts, hoodies and various other accessories.
Tattooed Zombie Accessories
From hair dye, to clothing, make-up, purses, shoes and homewares, Tattooed Zombie Accessories has a huge range of items for the kitschy-loving person in your life. If you live in the Brisbane area you can visit their retail store. Click here for more details.
If you have any young cousins or nieces and nephews why not buy them some temporary tattoos for Christmas. Their parents will just love you turning them into mini “criminals”. You can buy them at most discount stores ($2 Shop, The Reject Shop etc.)
Check back next week for another Australian Tattoo News Round-Up.
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