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Archive: June, 2011

Don’t Fear the Regulator

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I’ve never made any secret about the fact that I fully, 100% support the regulation of the tattoo industry.  I can’t really see any reason not to.  A few weeks back, I blogged about Toronto, Canada and how they are now making the switch to regulating their tattooists and tattoo studios.  Well, today I came across a post on DCist, about how the tattoo industry in DC is not regulated at all, making it one of the few spots in the USA that doesn’t regulate tattoo.

Not only does DC not regulate its artists and studios, but there also seems to be a bit of resistance to the idea.  Why?  Well, some artists feel that it’s a money grab for the government.  Hey, don’t get me wrong – I’m probably far more sceptical of any motivation that the government ever has to do anything than the average joe, but in this case, I’ve got to say that tattoo regulation isn’t about helping out the government, it’s about helping out the tattoo industry and its clients.

‘That’s not good news for Matt Knopp, who has owned and operated Tattoo Paradise in Adams Morgan since 2003. Knopp, who says he follows strict industry standards like not reusing needles or ink, worries that licensing and regulations wouldn’t add much more than a financial burden on parlors throughout the city.

“It’s another way for the government to make money off of people. It’s a way to put their hands in another till,” he told DCist. Given the city’s ongoing financial troubles, there’s probably some truth to that concern.

Additionally, Knopp said that having tattoo parlors regulated by a board responsible for barber shops and beauty salons doesn’t make sense for his business. “What do they know about tattoos? Barber shops and tattoo shops — there’s a night and day difference.”‘

Oh come on Matt, if you’re up to standard and running a completely legit business, what do you have to worry about?  In the end, the small amount of cash that you’ll have to pay out to be regulated will most likely end up making you more money, simply because people will want to come an get tattooed from someone they know is regulated and approved by local health authorities.  Not only that, but it shouldn’t have to be up to the customer to ask about health practices in a studio before they get tattooed.  I’ve had to ask tattooists about their health practices when I’ve been tattooed in other countries and it makes me feel like a right dick.  But what’s the alternative if there’s no certification or regulation?

Look at it this way: you go into a restaurant to eat.  Before ordering, you find out that the kitchen hasn’t been inspected by the health board and that the restaurant has no license to be serving food.  Are you eager to eat at a place that has no health regulations or certification in place?  I know that I’m not.  So you decide to leave, but wait!  The chef comes running out of the kitchen and tells you that he follows all the safety standards anyway and keeps his kitchen up to code with the latest health board requirements even though he has no legal right to be making food.  Make you feel any better?  Me either.

Regardless of all this talk about whether or not DC tattooists should or shouldn’t be regulated, the fact of the matter is that quite sooner rather than later they will be:

‘In a statement, the D.C. Department of Health said that “draft legislation for regulating tattoo and piercing establishments is under review. [W]e are working vigilantly to replace outdated code provisions and draft regulations that will comply with new industry standards as quickly as possible.”‘

Great news, if you ask me.

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Verdict

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Back in May I blogged about Stetson Johnson, an Oklahoma City resident who was beaten, had his genitals tasered and was left with two forced homemade tattoos, when a group of teens he was hanging around with turned on him.  Johnson was actually beaten unconscious with a baseball bat and was lucky to have survived the ordeal.  The two tattoos which were forcibly inked on to him were on his forehead and chest.  On his forehead, the tattoo read “RAPEST” and on his chest “I Like Little Boys”.

Well, the offending parties were caught and had their day in court and the verdicts have now been handed down.  Guess what?  All four of the accused are heading to jail for their parts in the attack.

‘Three of the four also pleaded guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, while the fourth pleaded no contest.

As part of a plea agreement, Dellert, 25, and Provence, 21, were sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation.

Vergara, 24, and Hodges, 33, were sentenced to five years in prison followed by five years of probation.’

No doubt about it, this was a sick as hell attack, made even more disgusting by the fact that they brought a tattoo machine into the mix.  Johnson has since had the tattoo on his forehead covered up with a barcode, but the cover up job wasn’t the best and the writing could still be seen beneath it.  Since the verdict was handed down on the attackers, Johnson’s mother has come out and said that her son will now have the forced tattoos lasered off.

Hopefully Stetson can now do his best to put this ugly incident far behind him.

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Going for the Goods

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When it comes to breaking world records or at least attemtpting to break world records, for some reason, a lot of tattooists are often behind various attempts.  From my point of view, I can’t really understand the lure that these artists feel.  I guess it is an accomplishment to have set the world record for amount of tattoos done in a 24 hour period, or something along those lines.  But having done a lot of tattoos in a certain amount of time doesn’t exactly mean that you’re a good tattooist.  It means that you’re a fast tattooist which is an entirely different thing.

Whatever the motivations of the most recent world record attempting tattooist Jamie Holliday are, one thing is for certain: he’s doing it all for a good cause.  On Saturday, August 27th at 11am, Holliday will begin tattooing the acorn emblem of the Acorns Children’s Hospice at Gods of Ink tattoo studio in Upper Thything, Worcester, UK.  He will finish on Sunday, August 28th at 11am and hopes to have broken the current record of 802 people tattooed in 24 hours.  The tattoos will cost a minimum of £5 each, with all proceeds going to the Acorns Children’s Hospice.

‘Organiser Lisa Richmond, who runs the tattoo studio, is hoping the event will raise lots of money for the charity, which supported her son Ayden.

The two-year-old, who died in 2005, had a rare genetic disorder which meant his body could not break down fats and was one of the first children cared for by Acorns in Bath Road, Worcester.

Mrs Richmond, aged 33, said she had received a lot of support for the event already.

“We’ve never held the record in the UK so we want to try and bring it here,” she said.  “We hope to do at least 810. We know it’s a very hard record to beat.’

Well, best of luck to Jamie Holliday on his world record attempt and here’s to hoping that many people show up to donate to this very worthwhile cause.

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Olympic Auction

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I don’t like the Olympics.  Summer, winter, whatever, to me it’s one big corporate party that leaves tax payers footing the bill long after the party ends.  Needless to say, I’m not very popular with a lot of people as a result of this opinion.  I get a lot of – What about the atheletes?  They train all their lives for this – comments from people.  And yes, the atheletes do train all their lives for this, but it’s unfortunate that what this has become is a shameless cash grab for the Olympic Committees and their corporate buddies.  If the Olympics and getting to the Olympics was truly about the spirit of sport and the atheletes themselves, then people like Claire Kelly wouldn’t have to do what she’s about to do.

Claire Kelly

Kelly, a pro beach volleyball player from Australia, has recently announced that she will be auctioning off space on her body for corporate tattoos.  I’m not talking about temporary tattoos either – I’m talking about real, permanent ink.  I find this ridiculous on two levels: one that she’s making a mockery of tattoo and two, that she’s making a mockery of sport by selling herself to the very corporations who make a killing off events like the Olympics.

‘For $10,000 you can have a 2cm x 2cm piece of Kelly’s toned and tanned left limb, while $50,000 buys 5cm x 5cm on her right arm or shoulder. There are other … um, packages, for between $10,000 and $50,000 and an eBay auction.

The money will pay for the Gold Coast athlete and Melbourne-based Kleverlaan to join the internationally televised world pro tour, on which the pair must play at least 12 events to qualify for London.’

Totally ridiculous.  It’s sad that an athelete has to reduce herself to this in order to get ahead and that talent alone isn’t enough.  That in itself should be enough to prove to anyone who’s paying attention what Olympic level competition is really all about: money.  I hate seeing this and I hate seeing tattoo reduced to a mere method to create commodity.  A cheap and sleazy advertising ploy.  Shame on everyone involved on this.  You all suck.

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