Tattooing Of Young Persons Ordinance

Published: 1997-06-30

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Chapter: 323 TATTOOING OF YOUNG PERSONS ORDINANCE Gazette Number Version Date

Long title 30/06/1997

To impose restrictions on the tattooing of persons under the age of eighteen years.

[27 July 1984]

(Originally 60 of 1984)

Section: 1 Short title 30/06/1997

This Ordinance may be cited as the Tattooing of Young Persons Ordinance.

Section: 2 Interpretation 30/06/1997

In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires, "tattoo" (紋身) means the insertion into the skin of any
colouring material designed to leave a permanent mark.

[cf. 1969 c. 24 s. 3 U.K.]

Section: 3 Prohibition of tattooing of persons under the age of 18


(1) Subject to subsection (2), it shall be an offence to tattoo any person under the age of 18 years except when
the tattoo is performed for medical reasons by a registered medical practitioner.

(2) It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under subsection (1) to show that at the time the
tattoo was performed he had reasonable cause to believe, and did believe, that the person tattooed was over the age of
18 years.

(3) Any person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) shall be liable to a fine of $1000 or, in the case of a
second or subsequent conviction, to a fine of $5000 and to imprisonment for 3 months.

[cf. 1969 c. 24 ss. 1 & 2 U.K.]