Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:04 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:04:58 GMT
(WMC) - A Southaven man providing day care services at his home is now accused of another sex crime. Richard Marsee was charged last week with fondling a child in the same house where he cared for children.More >>
A Southaven man providing day care services at his home is now charged with another sex crime.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:02 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:02:50 GMT
(WMC) - Another Memphis neighborhood is worried about vicious dogs roaming the streets. One person who lives in the area around Spottswood Avenue and S. Highland Street says at lest 10 cats and three smallMore >>
One person who lives in the area around Spottswood Avenue and S. Highland Street says at lest 10 cats and three small dogs have become attack victims.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - Tattoo artists say scratchers, or untrained and unlicensed tattoo artists, are putting people in danger.
Tattoo artist Steve Cupp has been outspoken about safe tattooing practices since 1997, when he started creating body art. He said he is shocked by what he has seen grow in popularity lately.
"You know, they'll come in with holes in them, pus and all kinds of stuff, and they end up hospitalized," said Cupp.
Cupp is referring to the aftermath of "scratching," A scratcher is typically someone who taught himself how to tattoo with the help of videos and homemade tattooing equipment.
"As it grows, people think they want to be a part of it," said Cupp. "They'll get on the internet and find a machine and find some needles."
Professional tattoo artists said the untrained practice could be deadly.
"There are tons of infections, you can get Hepatitis A, B, C," said Cupp. "There's staph infection, there is MRSA."
Scratchers often advertise on places like Craigslist. A quick search turned up ads for scratching in Memphis and the surrounding areas.
"It's a fast and easy way to make money," said professional tattoo artist Alex Cooper.
Cooper escaped tattoo infection from a scratcher at age 16, but still warned against them.
"It's nasty, and if it's not taken care of properly, you're going to the hospital or worse," he said.
Professionals said if you are thinking about getting a tattoo, make sure the artist follows strict health and safety precautions, with sterilization techniques monitored by health officials.
If a studio is run by a professional, you will see equipment packaged in protective pouches that remain sealed until opened in front of a customer.
There are strict rules and regulations for tattooing that vary from state to state. For more information, click the following links:
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>