- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana county is considering a permitting system for tattoo parlors that’s backed by businesses.

Tippecanoe County commissioners gave preliminary approval to an ordinance Monday that would institute the system. It could get final approval June 15.

Lafayette tattoo shop owner Carrie McGill says having the permit system would help her show she’s legitimate. She says shops have fought “home hacks and garage artists” for years, and that people have come in her studio with shoddy work and infections.

County health administrator Craig Rich says the ordinance has been considered several times, including in 1997 and 2002, with the newest effort driven by tattoo shops. He says owners without a permit would face a daily fine of $100.

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