For the first time in history, the Japanese Supreme Court has acknowledged tattooing as an art. This is a major win for the tattoo community, coming after an appeal was turned down against public prosecutors versus a 32-year-old man who tattooed three individuals. Tattoos could only be done by tattoo artists with a medical license for a medical procedure.
The Supreme Court of Japan stated that even though the artist didn’t have a medical license for a medical procedure, “tattoos require artistic skills different from medicine and that it cannot be assumed that doctors do the act exclusively.” The medical license for a medical procedure is defined as “actions considered medical treatment or health guidance that could cause hygienic harm if not done by doctors.” This move separated tattooing from a medical act.
While tattooing may now be legal, there is sure to be more regulation and control from the government. No word yet on that end of things, but we will keep you in the loop. As of now, let’s all celebrate creativity! Keep it locked with The Culture Curators for more art and art news coming very soon.