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Require Tattoo Permits for the Sale of Tattoo Equipment

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We the undersigned, call for stricter laws regarding the sale of equipment for the purpose of performing tattoos, body piercings and permanent cosmetics.

State law requires that the professional body piercers and tattooists be licensed by the state’s Department of Health in order to legally perform these procedures. However, it is currently not a requirement to show proof of licensure when purchasing tattooing and piercing equipment, such as tattoo machines, tattoo inks, tattoo and piercing needles, forceps, etc.). The unregulated availability of body piercing equipment, tattooing equipment and related supplies pose a serious public health risk. Untrained, unlicensed individuals can easily purchase these supplies, allowing them to perform tattoos and body piercings in unsanitary conditions. Bloodborne pathogens are easily transmitted through the breaking of skin where bodily fluids can be released. Allowing anyone other than licensed professionals access to tattoo and piercing supplies promotes the spread of infectious diseases such as, but not limited to, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), Hepatitis C (HCV) and Staph (Staphylococcus) infections.

We ask simply that tattoo and piercing supplies be restricted for purchase by individuals that can provide a valid state-issued license or permit to perform tattoos or body piercings to the supplier or merchant. 

Thank you for your concern about the safety of the tattoo community.

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