The days of hitting the tequila too hard and waking up with a mysterious surprise tattoo may be coming to to an end in some areas of the country. Washington D.C. is proposing a 24 hour waiting period on tattoos. If the city gets their way, tattoo artists will have to wait 24 hours before they can tattoo a client.
Understandably, many tattoo shops are up in arms about the proposed law, stating it will harm business and the industry is being over regulated. The potential new regulation is aimed at people that may not be in the right frame of mind to get a tattoo; those heavily under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The DC Health Department said the proposed regulation is also aimed at reducing the cases of Hepatitis B and other potential risks. Washington D.C. isn’t the only area considering this new law. South Florida and Indiana are also rumored to be entertaining this law, but as of now nothing is official.