Rushville Republican

September 10, 2013

Tattoo, body piercing ordinance passes

By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — Acting on a request by the Rush County Health Board, the Rush County Commissioners recently approved amendments to the local ordinance regarding tattoos, body piercings and body modifications. The original ordinance was approved in 2011 and the new changes are the first since its inception.

Currently, the county’s only licensed establishment offering the aforementioned alterations is the House of Ink, 128 W. Second Street, Rushville.

The changes include the language contained in the definition section regarding body modifications: “Means any tattoo, body piercing, or other penetrating body art, or the use of needles, scalpels or other medical devices to inert devices or modify the body for the purpose of adornment. This does not include henna tattoos or others surface adornment.”

Other changes approved regarded the physical facility (business).

a) Equipment and supplies used in the course of the tattoo and body piercing service or disinfection and sterilization procedures shall not be stored or utilized within the restroom.

b) No room used as a living quarters or directly opening into a living quarters or sleeping quarters shall be used for non-prohibited tattooing and or body piercing.

c) Live animals, except for service animals, must be excluded from areas where tattooing or body piercing is being conducted.

Operator and Artist Responsibilities

d) Any person under the age of eighteen (18) must have written permission from a parent or guardian, which forms must be maintained. The parent or guardian must be present during the performance of the non-prohibited act. Any person under the age of eighteen (18) years of age is prohibited from receiving the services of implanting, suspension, scarification and piercing or dying of the nipples or genitalia.

7. Ink may be diluted only with sterile water and may not be diluted with distilled or reverse osmosis water.

Body modifications are defined as a medical procedure and may only be performed by a person with a valid Indiana medical license.


Artist must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and no permit may be issued to anyone under the age of eighteen (18) years of age.

The newly adopted changes became effective Monday following the commissioner’s approval and signatures.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106