It has been a little more than a year since Montrose County imposed new regulations on tattoo and piercing businesses in regard to health concerns. Some local tattoo artists and shop owners are pleased that the area finally has some official standards in place, but others question whether the measures go far enough.
New oversight for tattoo and piercing artists designed to reduce risk of infection and disease goes in effect July 1. The state law, titled the Safe Body Art Act, forces tattoo and piercing shops to register annually with the counties they’re located in, to obtain a permit and abide by each county’s sterilization, sanitation and [...]
“We have to jump though all these hoops — which we do anyway — for all these fees. But to me if there’s no enforcement of the people that aren’t following these regulations, then what’s the point?” Forrester said.
It’s hard to believe that Florida was one of the last remaining states to begin regulating the tattoo industry. Prior to passing this law, Florida was one of only three states in which the tattoo industry was unregulated. The measure specifically targets “scratchers,” people who purchase tattooing equipment on the Internet and give dangerous and [...]