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Repeal the ban on surface anchor piercings in TN

253 Signatures Goal: 250

We recently received a letter from the state of TN announcing that effective immediately, surface anchor piercings are now illegal to perform. We are saddened by this decision and we will be actively working with the state legislature to appeal this decision. TN has determined that performing surface anchor piercings is a medical procedure and is not allowable under the Tennessee Body Piercing Laws and Regulations.

The Association of Professional Piercers (www.safepiercing.org) states that surface anchors are considered to be body piercings (source: http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/faq/#anchors ):

"In a surface anchor piercing procedure, a tiny ornament is inserted into a single opening that is formed in the tissue with the same tools that are used for body piercing. This opening is the entrance as well as the exit. When properly performed by a skilled practitioner, surface anchor piercing is no more risky than an ordinary body piercing and takes no longer to perform or to heal. They are considered to be body piercings by the Association of Professional Piercers.

Surface anchor piercings are similar to “surface piercings,” which are done on flat areas of the body, but successful placement options are greatly expanded. Surface anchor piercings are a viable alternative to standard surface piercings as they appear to be easier to heal and not as subject extensive scarring. Any residual scarring is apt to be limited due to the tiny size of the jewelry.

Surface Anchor piercings are much less invasive to insert and remove, and should not be confused with subdermal or transdermal implants, which are more extreme forms of body art that do not fall within the scope of the Association of Professional Piercers."


In addition, this procedure has been an insurable piercing through PPIB since 2008. This coverage is available to piercers with a minimum of 2 years experience, with the use of proper consent forms which should address any concerns about potential risks to public health and safety. A copy of their official statement is available upon request. Email: bornthiswaybodyarts@gmail.com
 
In summary, we believe that surface anchor piercings are not a medical procedure and are a standard piercing. We wish to have the ban on surface anchors overturned effective immediately.

Sponsor

Born This Way Body Arts - Knoxville TN

Links

On legislation in issues #48, & #49,  of the Point.

https://www.safepiercing.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/ThePoint_issue48_Web.pdf

https://www.safepiercing.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/ThePoint_issue49_Web.pdf


Technique articles in issues #38 and 50 - with photos of insertion etc. 

https://www.safepiercing.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/thepoint_issue38_web.pdf
https://www.safepiercing.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/ThePoint_Issue50_Web.pdf
  • Steve Joyner
    Steve Joyner United States, Oakland
    Nov 30, 2015
    Nov 30, 2015
    Everyone this is petition is old. We already challenged and won.
    Respectfully,
    Steve Joyner
    Legislation and Regulatory Affairs
    Association of Professional Piercers (APP)
  • Jeremy Bullock
    Jeremy Bullock United States, Clarksville
    Oct 21, 2015
    Oct 21, 2015
    This needs to happen!
  • James marchbanks
    James marchbanks United States, Memphis
    Oct 21, 2015
    Oct 21, 2015
    I am a professional piercer and this is one of the ways that I survive. I am very knowledgeable of this piercing and I have been professionally performing these piercings with great success for several years! To have these banned means that I will have to raise the price of more basic piercings to make up for the money I will be losing.
  • Amber Vickers
    Amber Vickers United States, Chattanooga
    Oct 21, 2015
    Oct 21, 2015
    I would think that the state would institute general proficiency testing for piercers instead of unilaterally banning a procedure that was most likely misunderstood by the state medical board.
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