It’s the age-old story of misconception versus reality.
Last September, the D.C. Health Department proposed a 24-hour waiting period for clients looking to get a tattoo or piercing. Their reasoning behind the proposal?
“They can’t be responsible for themselves, as well as the person doing the work on them,” said Najma Roberts, a spokesperson for the D.C. Health Department. “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?’”
Of course, the D.C. tattooing community took offense to the proposal, saying it’s based on misconceptions that vilify tattoo shops. The community said that, in reality, tattoo artists turn away people who are visibly intoxicated. They argued that the proposals were nothing more than needless interference from the government.
The pushback worked. As The Washington Post reports, The Health Department said on Thursday that it has abandoned its proposal.
Paul Roe, who owns a tattoo parlor in D.C., was happy to see the initiative struck down. He told The Post that, to protect the safety of the client, the focus should be on “straightforward guidance on tattoo and piercing hygiene.”
So score one for reality. We can’t let hype and fear-mongering dictate our lives.
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