Jan 8, 2008

Did you know?

Here's a look at some tattooing laws and regulations throughout the United States. I reckon we should adopt some of these regulations here in Asia. State tattooing laws differ throughout the U.S. Some states leave regulations up to their respective city mayors.

Why regulate Tattoos?
There are two main reasons for tattoo laws. Firstly, there are legislators who don't like tattoos.They think it is immoral and wrong. These legislators will go to the extend of using their influence to make tattoos illegal or to put restrictions on them.

The second reason is a little more logical. Shops have to be clean and free of dust. The equipment used has to be sterilized. It's the ABC of tattoos. The last thing anyone wants is to contract hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS through used needles. Re-used ink could also contain bacteria, germs and strands of a virus. According to a 2006 article on CNN.com, infections with a dangerous drug-resistant bacteria have been showing up in people who got tattooed in little shabby tattoo parlours.

Finally legal in all 50 States
Until recently, Oklahoma was the last state to outlaw tattoos. November 1st 2006 was the day tattoo artists in Oklahoma rejoiced! Some states however, leave it up to their local city and county governments to decide if they'll allow tattoo shops.

And just because tattoos are legal in a particular state or city, it doesn't mean just anyone can set up a shop. In many places, a tattoo artist must be licensed and the shop must pass an inspection by the authorities.

Common Regulations in Renowned Tattoo Studios

* You can't get a tattoo if you're under 18.
* You can't get tattoos on certain body parts, such as the face.
* You can't get a tattoo if you're drunk.
* You can't get offensive or hateful words or images tattooed.
* You can't get tattooed at home or at a party, even if the artists is licensed, because the license applies only to the shop's location.

Well, if you're from some other part of the world, I'll love to hear what the tattoo culture is like over there. Leave a comment or send me an email. Tattoos Rock!

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