Kylie Jenner Tattoos Lionel Richie's Son: Yes, That's Illegal

By Daniel Taylor, Esq. on May 15, 2014 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Kylie Jenner, younger half-sister of Kim and Chloe Kardashian, made like her sisters and did something stupid legally suspect while a camera was rolling.

Jenner, 16, was filmed last week giving a tattoo to Miles Richie, son of the famous Lionel, at a Hollywood recording studio. Unlike most of her sisters' chronicled stupidity, however, the underage Kylie's turn behind the tattoo gun could have real-world legal consequences.

Jenner may soon be asking local authorities, "Hello. Is it me you're looking for?"

Keeping Up With the Kardashians Calif. Health and Safety Code

The California Health and Safety Code, which governs the application of body art in the Golden State, is pretty clear on who can legally administer tattoos. A person wishing to give tattoos must, among other things:

  • Register with the local enforcement agency,
  • Provide evidence of a hepatitis B vaccination or demonstrate immunity,
  • Provide evidence of OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training, and
  • Prove that he or she is 18 years of age.

At just 16 years old, Kylie Jenner couldn't give tattoos even if she somehow managed to fulfill the other requirements of the code.

Potential Consequences

The Health and Safety Code is equally clear about the legal consequences of performing body art without being registered. Trying your hand at tattooing without a license could earn you a misdemeanor conviction and a fine of up to $1,000.

And while Jenner probably spends $1,000 on a haircut, the penalty for John Petro -- the tattoo artist who TMZ reports assisted Jenner in her late-night art project -- could be a suspension of his license.

The real loser in all this is, of course, 19-year-old Miles Richie, who now has a 16-year-old girl's initials tattooed haphazardly on his hand. After all, tattoo removal isn't exactly easy like Sunday morning.

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