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Our request for a license or sponsorship relates only to tattoo-specific and
piercing-specific tools and equipment used only for tattoo and piercing
application and is
not the result of any perceived health threat. Far from it: Tattoo does not
pose a health threat more so than any other occupation according to the CDC.
Twenty years ago we started asking, rather insisting on recognition of our
rights as citizens, to be part of the system. We won the battle but now are
loosing the war to rule-making bodies not requesting input from those who
will be affected by their rules. We ask for a pledge from the
rule-makers to provide outreach to the tattoo and piercing industries when
legislation or proposed rule changes are introduced. This would include:
organizations looking to participate, tattoo artists, shop owners, and
suppliers. It would go a long way to foster real democracy in practice.
Anything less begins to look like tyranny, as if tattoo/piercing voices were
Restrictions pertain to those items that are intended to be purchased and used exclusively for the commercial application of tattooing or piercing,
mostly thought of as needles, inks, machines, forceps and such. Anyone is
free to purchase other items. This prohibition does not limit other
reasonable requests for legitimate non-tattoo use such as academia. Records
are kept of all such purchases.
A meeting with NY State Senator
Sponsor of A1334-2015 on Wed. Sept 3, 2015
held in Pearl River NY organized by Mick Metal, Revolution Tattoo Shop.