AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A man is behind bars after illegally tattooing a 14-year-old girl. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office said James Wise, 22, has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to an incident report, a woman called the police after she noticed her daughter had the name "Shawn" tattooed on her arm. That's when the daughter told deputies Wise tattooed her at his house after she asked him to.
Brian Jones is a piercing artist at Lucky 7 Tattoo, and said tattooing minors is something that's not only illegal, but extremely concerning.
"It makes you kinda cringe a little bit because it's putting the child in a lot of danger," he said.
Jones and his co-worker Brooke Ayers, a tattoo artist, said tattooing anywhere outside of a shop is dangerous because there could be a number of health risks getting passed into the body from the needle.
"Hepatitis C is the biggest. HPV is another secondary one that can happen. Just any basic infection too," Jones said.
"People are coming in here and saying, 'Well my friend sterilized it.' No. We go through a process that takes probably about two hours of sterilization to be able to operate," said Ayers.
In Georgia, you must be 18 to get a tattoo. If you're under 18, you can't have someone of legal age sign off so you can get some new ink.
And that's not all, tattoo artists and piercers need to be certified yearly in order to operate machines.
"Those people at home don't have the CPR, the blood warm pathogens, and the infectious control and the cross contamination classes," Ayers said.
"We all have first aid certification. We actually upgraded this year and started using the tattoo and piercing one, that way it's more key to our actually industry, so it goes a little further in depth," Jones said.
Both urge people to reconsider before going under the needle at someone's house.
"You can learn online how to do it, but they also have a video for how to remove your own appendix. I don't suggest doing either one," said Jones.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Wise is being held on a $5,900 bond and also lists two charges of tattooing.