As of 2014, facial tattoos are legal in all 50 states. Connecticut is the only state that has a specific regulation regarding facial tattoos; Connecticut requires physicians to handle facial tattoos. Though tattooing faces is legal, tattoo artists may hesitate to perform the task.
Some tattoo artists hesitate or refuse to perform facial tattooing because of the potential implications for the tattoo recipient. Tattoos are still viewed as unprofessional or unattractive by some members of society. Tattoo artists face a moral dilemma when asked to tattoo a person's face, because the artist is typically aware that the tattoo may cause the recipient to experience negative life experiences when interacting with others or looking for a job.