CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Licensed tattoo artists in Chattanooga have formed a guild in an effort to combat the rising number of unlicensed artists.
Leaders of the Chattanooga Guild for Professional Tattoo Artists say they are trying to increase awareness of the problem and educate the public on proper tattooing procedure.
Tattoo artist Brandy Burgans says she's seen an influx of people recently with poorly done tattoos.
Lala Hartline, who co-owns Evermore Galleries, says people who are getting tattoos should ask to see someone's license before allowing them to do any work.
Licensed tattoo artists must do a one-year apprenticeship under an experienced artist and they must renew their licenses every year. In addition, tattoo shops must be licensed and undergo quarterly inspections.
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