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In Denmark, face tattoos are banned, but what do those who have tattoos on their face?

People in denmark generally disapprove of face tattoos

In Denmark, there is a very clear tattoo taboo: don’t tattoo your face, neck and hands! This is a long standing law as it was introduced in 1966 and is still in effect today. The Danish government has banned tattoos on these parts of the body to prevent people from getting unsightly or conspicuous tattoos. There are also concerns that the tattoos on the face, neck and hands are unprofessional. This can be detrimental to someone’s social life, and it can be detrimental to the job search.

Danes have been banned from tattooing their face, head, neck or hands since 1966. But that could change soon, with the Social Liberals wanting to repeal the long-standing law, and with some getting tattoos in the areas, or going to neighboring states to get work done.

People who have a face tattoo may be subject to discrimination

A 2013 study published in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law concluded that facial tattoos often lead to jury bias and increased conviction rates. Many ex-offenders also have face tattoos due to prison tattoos, and prison tattoo culture involves indoctrinating people in the prison population into gangs, which often requires tattoos to appear aggressive. These include teardrop tattoos, which suggest that the wearer has either taken a life or lost someone close to him; a five-pointed crown, a common symbol of Latin kings; and a range of different face tattoos alluding to Nazis in the Aryan Brotherhood Doctrine and Salvadoran Culture in MS-13.

If you’ve traveled outside of a major city and received negative attention for getting a tattoo, it could be due to old ways of thinking and attitudes. It still exists among older generations and more traditional communities. So if you have a bare tattoo, cover it up.

There are a few exemptions to this rule, such as for medical reasons

Additionally, while physicians in the United States are bound by the privacy provisions of federal law (HIPAA), physicians outside the United States are not. Local laws may limit what a doctor can and cannot tell U.S. immigration officials, but it is safest to assume that the doctor will.

Definitely a list for *could* rather than *want*, but we’ve had some travelers write from their experience that many countries are pretty lenient towards tourists when it comes to their laws. Still legal, so personally I don’t want to risk it 🙂


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