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arguments provided either Unimax or Wes Wood is
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September 1, 2015
Submitted and written by Westley Wood
The faulty-logic for this
bill is as follows:
Bill A1334 MAKES A FALSE assumption THAT:
sterile ink is fit to use."
That has to be Proven but it is not, nor is there
supporting evidence provided.
Some have suggested this was an attempt to take over
the ink business by dropping this bomb on tattooers.
A1334 assumes as true that Ink exposed to air more than once (using
reservoir bottles) is unfit for use.
HOWEVER, Biological testing by Unimax proves that
ink remains sterile on the shelf after repeated
opening and closing when using a source container.
If that were the caswe, which it is not A1334
contradicts itself Single use ink “packages” will be
exposed to air.
THEREFORE (A1334 Conclused):
Only single use packages of sterile
ink are fit to use.
(These reasons do not support the conclusion.)
Using the same faulty logic, as soon as you open the
single use ink package it becomes exposed to air and
is now unfit for use.
1. Is a
needle as soon as opened exposed to air and so, unfit for use?
Is the open cup
of wash water unfit?
2. Only two sources of tap water when mixed
into ink has been linked to infection.
One by an Arizona maker of ink using tap water, and
the other to tap water to lighted black to
explain a cluster of isolated incidents and
hurriedly NYC made a rule that sterile water is to
be used when mixing inks with water.
3. Safe and effective usage over time is the
universal principle to determine if something is
safe to use or not. The current reservoir method is
proved by usage over time as safe and effective.
Usage trumps technical specs. Both non-sterile and
sterile ink from reservoir bottles poured into
single use ink cups is already the voluntary
standard affirmed by Health Departments everywhere
effectively protecting the health of the community
from cross contamination. It works. There is no
merit or advantage changing the method to only
single-use pre-sterilized ink "shots."
Non-sterile CUPS AND
GLOVES are proven safe by usage though not sterile.
Gloves are not implicated as a source of infection.
Their hot manufacture conditions produce a virtually
sterile, accepted level of protection proven by safe
usage over time (including in hospitals and medical settings)
except in open-infection-prone procedures performed
in special Operating Rooms.
COMPOUNDING INK and
WASHES is proven safe by usage.
Tap water has been a source of infection when mixing
or compounding ink from ingredients or making
washes. This was acted upon by NYV DOHMH. Artist’s
mixing pigments on the spot has never been
implicated in causing infection. However, clients
should be made aware when inks are not sterile.
There is no evidence to support a prohibition of the
long history of custom mixing ink, nor for the matter,
making one's own needles.
COST IS A LEGITIMATE,
IMPORTANT FACTOR impacting the livelihoods of
The ink for a tattoo that now costs $0.35 to $1.00
per tattoo will now cost $5.00, $10.00 even $25.00
and more, using single use ink packages. This will
directly harm tattooists. It will decrease business.
Tattooists have investments of thousands of dollars
in ink and decades in working with many inks to find
the mix that works best from their tattooing. These years of
experience will be lost. It takes 10 years minimum
to see if tattoo work even lasts looking decent.
Industry suppliers have millions invested in ink,
made years in advance and would be irresponsibly
harmed without even a hearing. The principle is:
those effected by a rule must have an opportunity to
comment. In this case there was not comment
period. Why do you supposed that was?
SINGLE USE IS A FAILED IDEA TRIED MANY TIMES
Good for closet, illegal, non-licensed tattooers who
take their stuff from under their bed to tattoo
their friends on the weekend for some quick easy
cash. Those fly-by-nighters with no experience will
now get ink anywhere they sell tobacco.
Single-use packages are made for that kind of
distribution and will encourage unsafe tattooing.
They have been introduced many times,
in twist opens, k-cup style, blister pack, vials, and
all were rejected as unsuitable for professional
shop tattooing. Those who are ready to supply single-use
packages by December 2015 would
distort the selection away from the inks used successfully
over time to the detriment of the
tattooist and the client and the makers of the most
used ink favorites.
Westley Wood, Lic. #40596680, Owner, Sacred Tattoo
NYC and Unimax Supply Co.