Just as the South Carolina House, Wednesday, moved closer to final passage of a Senate bill to allow 18 year olds to get tattoos without parental permission, a travelling tattoo artist is wanted in Newberry County for dangerous practices.
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and Newberry Police Department say Jesus Lopez Lopez, age 25, of Little Mountain, has been giving tattoos to people at their homes. Lopez has his tattooing equipment with him and his whereabouts are currently unknown. Lopez is not licensed in South Carolina to give tattoos and allegedly he has given tattoos to people under 21 years old without parental consent, which would be in violation of current South Carolina law.
Two of his tattoo clients have developed staph infections. Officials are warning that staph infections can develop into a serious medical condition and medical attention should be sought immediately.
Investigators say that anyone who has received a tattoo from Lopez should consult with their family physician as a cautionary measure. In fact, they say if you have received a tattoo from anyone not licensed or at an unlicensed facility, you should follow the same recommendation.
No charges are being filed against those who received tattoos, but police are looking for Lopez on multiple charges.