Arkansas’s Ban on Body Modification

A bill sponsored by Senator Missy Irvin may cause Arkansas residents seeking scarification and dermal procedures to go out-of-state for such modifications.

The bill, dubbed by the Senate SB 387, passed the Senate 26-4 and has moved on to the House. While it focuses primarily on banning the practices of scarification and dermal implants, the bill would also restrict conventional tattoo and piercing shops.


“In terms of putting more regulation over the piercing and tattoo market, Sen. Irvin’s bill states the artist must work “in a body art establishment licensed by the department for at five (5) years and been in compliance with department rules governing body artists;” in addition, the artist must be licensed by the Department of Health and registered by the State Board of Private Career Education,” the article said.

A copy of the bill can be viewed here