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May 1, 2010

Falsely representing oneself to be the parent or guardian of a minor who is looking to get "inked" could bring jail time or a fine under legislation advanced by the Illinois Senate.

Sponsored by state Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), the bill creates a new criminal offense making it illegal to pretend to be the parent or guardian of a child younger than 18 for the purposes of a tattoo, as well as facial and body piercing.

"Several years ago, I sponsored legislation that required parental permission for a child to be pierced," said Dillard. "As the father of two young daughters, I know how upset I would be if someone misrepresented their identity in order to help my child get a tattoo or piercing."

The new offense could result in up to 30 days in county jail, probation or a fine up to $1,500.

Currently, anyone under 18 is barred from a tattoo parlor or body-piercing business unless accompanied by his or her parent or guardian. A piercing under age 18 requires written permission of a parent or guardian.

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