Body art awareness campaign opposed by priest

Body art awareness campaign opposed by priestDue to self-piercing and tattooing kits becoming more readily available, an attempt to raise awareness is being made by the Bega Valley Shire Council and an organisation in the Eurobodalla and the Greater Southern Area Health Service by conducting workshops in schools about the health impacts of body piercing and tattooing

But this is being opposed by a Catholic priest in the New South Wales south east who feels that a negative impact could take place by a proposed body art awareness campaign in the region's high schools.

Father Mick MacAndrew, from Bombala, says that teenagers would get more attracted towards body art as council runs the risk of making the industry look desirable.

Father MacAndrew who is also the Priest on Campus at Lumen Christi Catholic College, at Pambula, said, “If somebody presents to buy alcohol at a liquor store they're asked for photo ID, then anybody at an art salon should ask for photo ID. If they're concerned about backyard practitioners, then they should be sought out by the industry themselves."

Contracting blood diseases and bleeding to death are some of the consequences of backyard tattooing and body piercing.