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Unexplained proposal could ban tattooing over scars

Kentucky could soon outlaw getting tattoos over scars — an inexplicable move that could make life worse for many people who just want to lead normal lives. Tattooing over scars is one way that people who used to engage in self-harm put those destructive behaviors behind them. It’s how people who have had surgeries that leave unpleasant scars reduce their appearance. It’s how some cancer survivors cover their mastectomy scars. “It’s really a healing process,” Louisville tattoo artist Alonzo Chappell told Insider Louisville this month. “I mean, a lot of people come to have closure on maybe a scar or some kind of burn.”

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