The attacks on Tattoo Artists and Shops
by legislation without input from those affected
is un-American, un-Democratic, but not new.
Previously, legislation was a means to outlaw and restrict
the availability of tattoo by those who consider it a "barbaric" practice.
In New York State legislation suddenly appeared prohibiting the use of "reservoir - type" bottles of ink (1-Oz, 2-Oz, 4-Oz etc.)
requiring the use of individually packaged single use ink instead.
Mick Metal called a meeting to examine the (stealthily) passed
legislation followed by an even larger meeting called by
Cliff White on Long Island, NY.
The bill was not overturned. We were assured the
legislation would remain un-enforced.
The "Proven-Safe" industry standard
for handling ink is:
use a main bottle and
into single-use cups and dispose after single use.
Safe and Effective
by millions of tattoos
by tens of thousands of tattooists
over decades of use.
It is not true
previously opened bottle of sterile ink
is suddenly non sterile and unfit for use
by dint of opening and dispensing ink from it.
Testing done on previously opened
bottles show negative for growth.
If it were
it is not)
Then ... as soon as
ink into an ink cup,
that ink is no longer fit for use (by being
exposed to air).
If needles are opened, then it equally follows
needles are no longer fit for use (being exposed
If the needles are dipped into the ink and touch
the skin also contaminates the ink, and the needles,
everything unfit for use.
REASONING IS FLAWED
AN EASY SOLUTION:
suggested by Wes Wood of Unimax
The new law can simply be interpreting as
NOT PROHIBITING THE CURRENTLY USED
INDUSTRY SAFE AND EFFECTIVE PRACTICE.
Approved by health departments everywhere:
using a common
reservoir sterile bottle of ink and
dispensing into single use cups disposed after
Use of Sterile Ink
and limit the storage life once opened.
This suddenly appearing "SECRET" LAW
(was kept hidden from the industry affected)
raising the question:
WHY THIS LAW?
this secret Albany law?
"Oh Great Omi, Patron Saint of Tattooists,
Pray for us!"