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Hobart man fined $750 over underage girl’s facial tattoos

August 25, 2016
Public Health


A 41-year-old Hobart man who tattooed “family” across the cheek of a 17-year-old girl as her mother watched on has become one of the first people convicted under a state law banning under-18s from getting tattoos or body piercings.

Amendments to the Police Offences Act introduced a month earlier made it illegal to tattoo people under 18.

The maximum penalty for tattooing an underage person under the new laws is a $14,000 fine or one year in jail.

The Magistrates Court in Hobart heard Ricky Lawrence Howard had been running an illegal tattoo parlour in the garage of his Bridgewater home.

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Published by: ABC News 23/8/2016