Needles and Sins’ Marissa translated the legalese of a recent court decision on California, which basically says tattoos = free speech. These are awesome news. Here’s a snip from her post:
There appears to be little dispute that the tattoo itself is pure First Amendment “speech.” The Supreme Court has consistently held that “the Constitution looks beyond written or spoken words as mediums of expression.” […] We do not profess to understand the work of tattoo artists to the same degree as we know the finely wrought sketches of Leonardo da Vinci or Albrecht Durer, but we can take judicial notice of the skill, artistry, and care that modern tattooists have demonstrated.
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Some related stuff WP suggests to read:
- Appeals court protects tattoos as free speech (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Tattoos are free speech protected by Constitution, U.S. appeals court rules (latimesblogs.latimes.com)