If you want a new tattoo, you probably don’t want to go to Washington, DC to get it.
Politicians in DC have proposed a 24-hour “wait period” for all individuals hoping to get a new tattoo.
The proposal, which is being pushed by the District’s Health Department, says, “The licensee or operator of a body art establishment shall ensure that no tattoo artist applies any tattoo to a customer until after twenty-four hours have passed since the customer first requested the tattoo.”
The Health Department says the District needs their regulations, to make sure drunk people do not make stupid decisions.
A spokeswoman for the Department, Najma Roberts, said, “They can’t be responsible for themselves, as well as the person doing the work on them. We’re making sure when that decision is made that you’re in the right frame of mind, and you don’t wake up in the morning . . . saying, ‘Oh my God, what happened?’”
But as The Blaze points out, many disagree:
Paul Roe, who owns a D.C. based tattoo parlor called Britishink, told The Post the proposed rule is “honestly ridiculous.”
“Why not 24 hours’ waiting time before shaving your head?” he asked.
Another tattoo artist, Gilda Acosta, said the regulation would hurt her business.
“It would definitely be a direct hit to my income if I couldn’t tattoo people who come in and want work done on the same day,” she told The Post.
Do you think a forced waiting period for tattoos is fair? Or is it a mere power-grab by Washington bureaucrats? Let us know in the comment section below.