Tattoos and Piercings

Is there an age limit for getting a tattoo or a piercing?

In Tasmania, it is illegal to perform tattoos, body modifications (such as earlobe stretching) or intimate piercings (such as to genitals or nipples) on someone under 18 years of age, even if they have parental consent.

A tattoo artist or piercer who does perform these procedures on someone under 18 will have committed an offence and can be given a large fine, or sent to jail.

All businesses providing tattoo or piercing services need to follow guidelines and be registered by the local Council. They should display a Certificate of Registration. The guidelines made by Councils are to prevent the spread of disease or infection, which is a common risk from body modifications.