Tattoo shops in Japan recently made news because of a court ruling stating that only medical doctors can legally administer tattoos. This highly controversial ruling essentially means that any time a tattoo artist gives a tattoo they are committing a crime. This law came to light in 2015, when a tattoo artist was fined for buying supplies from a pharmacy, which was a violation of the Medical Practitioner’s Act. The Act says that procedures such as tattooing, laser hair tattoo removal, and chemical peels are considered medical practices because they involve a needle penetrating the skin and must be performed by a medical professional. Since 2015, the Japanese Government has charged around 20 tattoo artists with a crime for tattooing without a medical license.
Japan has a deep stigma associated with tattoos. Tourists to the country will notice signs in public places banning persons with tattoos. Showing tattoos at places like swimming pools or public hot springs is strictly forbidden. Even though tattoos are becoming more acceptable with the younger generation, a deep cultural aversion to tattoos remains prominent throughout the country.
Stories like this serve as a great reminder about the social and cultural implications of tattoos. If you are planning a trip to another country, it may be a good idea to check out the societal norms regarding body modification. If you are tattooed and looking to get your tattoo removed, Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic offers removal that is safe, affordable and effective. Call us today for your free consultation!