I’m curremtly with a little bit of time, so can try to reply now.
First and foremost, @Pilgrimsmaster already covered the biggest part, so I’ll focus on two bits for now and can provide better responses once I,m no longer replying from festival grounds… XD
- the less intuitive bit:
Piercings actually do have an age limit.
it’s illegal to perform any procedure into another individual’s body without their consent unless to save it’s life (and even that is a gray area).
Legally minors are unnable to provide consent. as to what we lower that bar, there must be clear precedents, but even then it’s anothey gray quagmire.
so how to get a minor to provide consent? via parents or legal Guardians…
but now immagine I have a studio, you come in withyour mom and she says its ok. then I pierce you and for any reason it gets infected (aka lack of aftercare. not the piercers fault)…
if your mom decides its my fault she can still sue me and I could literally end up in Jail.
I know it sounds illogical, but then, to answer this bit:
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In what way have they been cracking down on it?
As long as there was consent, it was not illegal for any professional to perform wtf the consenting party asked for…
So a piercer named “Dr Evil” performed a tongue splitting procedure on a random dude…
that dude did not took good care of it and it infected.
thats all normal, but… an influent politician saw that, took personal offense and decided he wanted the piercer in jail.
so they raided the piercing studio and found a box of expired needle cartridges. So they used that, plus a bunch of other minor violations, to bully the piercer in and he’s now in jail.
that’s because performing anything that’s not explicitly “a perforation for holding of a jewelry”, is not a piercing, so it falls into a grayarea…
after that a bunch of other extremist council schmucks decided to intensify inspections and press bogus charges on a bunch of other studios around the UK.
So all of that oppened up some dangerous precedents and at the moment all it needs is one unhappy customer from any “nonstandard piercing procedure” to complain to one overzealous councillor and the studio might be shut down and the piercer arrested.
give or take. I tried to keep it simplified and gave some lazy examples…