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Waiting period for tattoos and piercings proposed by DC Health Department

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Updated: 9/09/2013 1:01 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- (WOFL) -- 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.

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.

The D.C. Health Department is sending this recommendation to the D.C. Council but already some are saying hold on a minute.

And it isn't going over so well with those in the business of body art. It's pretty simple, if this recommendation goes through and you walk into a tattoo parlor and say I want this design on my arm or maybe chest, they will have to say can't do it now, you'll have to come back tomorrow.

Some say the District should have no right to tell people what they can do to their own bodies...and from business perspective; customers could simply say they'll do business outside the District.

A D.C. Health Department spokesperson told FOX 5 this rule is being proposed to stop impulse decisions. They say some have expressed regret in getting a tattoo, especially if they've been drinking. But most tattoo establishments don't allow intoxicated customers.
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wishmistress - 9/9/2013 1:23 PM
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Can you say CONTROL? Beware, there is no end to the steps they will take.
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