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24 Hour Ban on Tattoos

Posted by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM
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Washington, DC may institute 24-hour waiting period for tattoos and piercings

 

Washington DC may impose a 24-hour waiting period for tattoos (Reuters)

 

If you had to stop and think about it for a day, would you still get that giant dragon tattoo across your back?

That's the question being raised by health regulators in our nation's capital, where Washington, DC officials are considering a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before getting a tattoo or body piercings.

"The licensee or operator of a body art establishment shall ensure that no tattoo artist applies any tattoo to a customer until after twenty-four (24)hours have passed since the customer first requested the tattoo," reads the language of proposed language of new regulations from Washington DC's Department of Health.

"We're making sure when that decision is made that you're in the right frame of mind, and you don't wake up in the morning . . . saying, ‘Oh my God, what happened?' Washington DC Health Department Spokeswoman Najma Roberts told the Washington Post.

In other words, the potential new regulation would largely be aimed at stopping people from getting a tattoo while drunk, or under the influence of other drugs.

"They can't be responsible for themselves, as well as the person doing the work on them," Roberts said.

Once largely relegated to the counter culture, tattoos have become mainstream in recent years. A 2010 Pew Research Study found that more than 23 percent of people in the U.S. have a tattoo .

However, getting a tattoo can still carry a social cost in some circles. For example, a recent New York Times story found that 61 percent of human resource managers say a visible tattoo could hurt someone's job prospects . Interestingly, that number is actually up from 57 percent in 2011.

The DC Health Department said the proposed regulation is also aimed at reducing the cases of Hepatitis B and other potential risks. However, a number of local tattoo parlor owners tell the Post that a waiting period would be devastating to their businesses.

"Overregulation will kill the profession and drive it underground and make it less safe for everybody," British Ink tattoo parlor operator Paul Roe told the Post. "Why not 24 hours' waiting time before shaving your head?"

Technically, DC is one of the few largely unregulated tattoo markets in the nation. New Mexico and North Dakota are the only two states without some form of body art industry regulations. A 2012 city council resolution required DC tattoo artists to be licensed.

The actual 66-page draft proposal of new regulations was released on Friday and contains a number of provisions for ensuring health and safety standards in body art locations within the District.

The Mayo Clinic says that any person considering a tattoo or other permanent body art should carefully consider whether the location they are visiting has high health standards.

The proposed regulation still has several hurdles to clear before becoming law. In DC, there is a 30-day period where the public is allowed to weigh in on any proposed new regulations. And the office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray said he "has serious doubts about the regulations as proposed."

 Good idea or bad idea?

by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Sep. 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM
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Hmm, I don't know.  

If some one wants to do something on a whim, it's their body.  If they regret it, that is their deal.

I can see ensuring some one is having the work done by a responsible individual, etc., but waiting 24 hours isn't going to change any of that.

I would not want to see this driven underground.  For those who dislike tats and piercings, don't get one.  

I have one tat and it was on a whim.  I don't regret it.  So was my nose piercing.  Don't regret it.

That, however, is as cool as I get.  Well, I want one more, in memory of my Freddie boy, but other than that..........I'm not in to over kill.

If some one finds their tats/piercings are preventing them from getting a job, or otherwise, that is their issue to deal with.  They should have thought of that prior to.

Regulating this seems pretty silly, actually.

zombieskayer
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM
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The shops around me have such a wait list you have to wait a month or two anyways
FrogSalad
by Sooze on Sep. 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I had to wait several weeks while the artist prepared the drawing for my tattoo and then I had to approve it.

I don't think it's a horrible idea for a waiting period; I just doubt it's going to stop that many people from getting a tattoo. 

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Sep. 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM
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How is a tattoo the business of anyone besides the adult who chooses to get a tattoo?
Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 8:57 PM
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 My (edit typo) feeling is this: why does the government have to act as a baby-sitter for morons? 

If someone was too drunk/high and not in their right mind and got themselves tattooed, then my feeling is- these are the consquences for making poor choices to become so intoxicated that one could not make a proper decsison for themself.

The governemnt should not be resposnible for someones' poor personal choices.

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Sep. 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

 

Quoting LauraKW:

How is a tattoo the business of anyone besides the adult who chooses to get a tattoo?

 I was wondering the same thing.

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Hmm.  Reminds me of something else.

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 My (edit typo) feeling is this: why does the government have to act as a baby-sitter for morons? 

If someone was too drunk/high and not in their right mind and got themselves tattooed, then my feeling is- these are the consquences for making poor choices to become so intoxicated that one could not make a proper decsison for themself.

The governemnt should not be resposnible for someones' poor personal choices.


Minnow Slayer

FrogSalad
by Sooze on Sep. 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM
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Reputable tattoo artists won't knowingly tattoo an impaired person and in some states (maybe all?), it's already illegal for them to do so.

Disreputable places aren't going to follow the law anyway so a waiting period is moot.

I agree with you about consequences.

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 My (edit typo) feeling is this: why does the government have to act as a baby-sitter for morons? 

If someone was too drunk/high and not in their right mind and got themselves tattooed, then my feeling is- these are the consquences for making poor choices to become so intoxicated that one could not make a proper decsison for themself.

The governemnt should not be resposnible for someones' poor personal choices.



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mlg1989
by Bronze Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 9:06 PM
Who cares? If they want a shitty spur of the moment tattoo that they might regret later is THEIR problem and THEIR problem alone.
TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Sep. 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM
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Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 My (edit typo) feeling is this: why does the government have to act as a baby-sitter for morons? 

If someone was too drunk/high and not in their right mind and got themselves tattooed, then my feeling is- these are the consquences for making poor choices to become so intoxicated that one could not make a proper decsison for themself.

The governemnt should not be resposnible for someones' poor personal choices.

  This could go in so many directions :)

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