You are free to use these
arguments provided either Unimax or Wes Wood is
attributed as the source for these ground breaking
September 1, 2015
Submitted and written by Westley Wood
The logic for this
bill is as follows:
Only sterile ink is fit to use.
“Which is What has to be Proven” but not proven. (WisWhtbP:But
Ink exposed to air more than once (using
reservoir bottles) is unfit for use.
Not proven. (WiW)
Single use ink “packages” will only be exposed to
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. It is even worse because it is
not closed or sealed but left open in the air.
1. Peeling the seal off an ink cup exposing the ink
to air does not cause it to be unfit for use. Is a
needle unfit for use when opened? Is the open cup
of wash water unfit?
2. Only tap water used to make ink or mixed
into ink has been linked to infection.
NYC DOHMH went to the root of that problem and ruled
that sterile water is to be used when mixing inks
with water. NYC separated Fact from Fiction.
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.
Non-sterile CUPS AND
GLOVES are proven safe by usage.
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 $0.50
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 them. These years of
experience will be lost.
Industry suppliers have millions invested in ink
made years in advance.
SINGLE USE IS A FAILED IDEA TRIED MANY TIMES
Single-use packages have been introduced many times,
in twist opens, k-cup style, blister pack, vials, and
all were rejected as unsuitable for professional
tattooing. Those who are ready to supply single-use
packages by December 2015 will
distort the selection away from the inks used successfully to the detriment of the
tattooist and the client. The optimum size package and method of
dispensing will also take time to develop and implement.
Westley Wood, Lic. #40596680, Owner, Sacred Tattoo
NYC and Unimax Supply Co.