Reaction to DC's proposed 24-hour tattoo waiting period

11:36 AM, Sep 15, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP/WUSA9) -- District of Columbia officials have proposed mandating a 24-hour waiting period before getting a tattoo or a body piercing.

The city's Department of Health proposed 65 pages of regulations for tattoo parlors on Friday. One states that a tattoo artist cannot apply a tattoo until at least 24 hours after a customer requests it. The language for body piercings is similar.

"I think that's a ridiculous law, there is absolutely no reason to have to wait to get a tattoo," said one tattoo parlor patron.  

If approved, the regulations would make the district one of just a few places in the country with a waiting period for tattoos, according to WAMU-FM

Local tattoo artist Paul Roe calls the proposal "ridiculous" and says it would hurt business.

Tattooing and piercing were unregulated in the district until last year, when the D.C. Council passed legislation requiring tattoo artists and body piercers to be licensed.

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