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Repeal the ban on surface anchor piercings in TN

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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 ( states that surface anchors are considered to be body piercings (source: ):

"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:
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.


Born This Way Body Arts - Knoxville TN


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