Is a tattoo a form of free speech? Is it protected for the tattooist or the tattooo wearer? Excerpt from an article................"For many people, tattoos have important commemorative or even religious significance. Yet despite this communicative purpose, courts have nonetheless upheld many state imposed restrictions on body art. In these cases (none of which have been heard by the U.S. Supreme Court), the restrictions typically apply to the tattoo artist, not to the person receiving the tattoo. .......cont'd.