Saturday, September 7, 2013

Big Brother: 24-hour waiting period proposed for D.C. tattoos, piercings

Some popular impulse purchases — tattoos and body piercings — could soon become less impulsive if District health regulators have their way.

A mandatory 24-hour waiting period is among the provisions included in a 66-page package of draft regulations governing the “body art” industry released by the city Health Department on Friday.

City officials insist that the rule will protect the public. Najma Roberts, a spokeswoman for the Health Department, said the new regulations were mandated by a law the council approved last year and are mainly intended to prevent “serious health risks.”

“That’s stupid. I think you shouldn’t tell people what to do,” Onyango said. “We’re all adults. It’s not their business.”

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