Consumer Watch Investigation Leaves Mark On State Lawmaker
Mason Dickerson didn't think getting a temporary tattoo with his new girlfriend's name was a big deal, until the tattoo didn't fade and a doctor told him it was basically a chemical burn.
After hearing about this incident, Rep. Harold Wright authored a bill requiring all henna tattoo artists be licensed to work in Oklahoma. House Bill 1320 would also prevent anyone under 18 from getting any type of tattoo.
Amanda Taylor, News 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma teen Mason Dickerson got a temporary tattoo at the fair in September 2010, but once the black color started to fade, the resulting scar was definitely not cool.
"I started freaking out," Dickerson said.
So did his mom, who took him straight to the doctor.
"He said basically it's a chemical burn," Julia Blood said. "It may fade over time, it may not."
That burn is the result of what's known as black henna, which isn't natural henna at all. It's typically made from black hair dye containing a chemical called P.P.D. The F.D.A. has banned that chemical from being put on the skin.