Tattoos be gone: Removal grows among millennials

This headline caught my attention, but the article contained absolutely no data to back it up. It tells the story of one man who is removing a very small part of his tattoo that extends above the collar in order to meet military regulations. There is mention of a survey that found 86% of students polled felt that tattoos would hurt their chances of finding a job, but no mention of tattoo removal.

I find in very suspect that every article I read that makes claims about increasing tattoo removal always reads like an advertisement for a specific removal center.


Army To Announce Ban On Tattoos Below Elbows, Knees

The U.S. Army will announce new restrictions on tattoos in a forthcoming update to regulations on the appearance of soldiers.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler confirmed to Stars and Stripes over the weekend that ink visible below the elbows or knees, as well as tattoos visible above the neck, will soon be forbidden for soldiers. Existing tattoos in those areas may be grandfathered in, however.


D.C. Proposes 24-Hour Waiting Period For Tattoos And Piercings

Feeling an urge to get some body art in D.C.? You may soon have an extra day to mull it over.

A set of regulations for tattoo artists and body piercers unveiled today would mandate a 24-hour wait between when a customer requests a tattoo or piercing and when they can actually get it.

I don’t think it’s the governments place to step in and tell people how long they need to wait in order to get a tattoo, but I also think that getting a tattoo less than 24 hours after meeting your artist is probably not the best idea either. People are going to make a huge deal over this, but it will most likely stop a fair amount of people from making stupid tattoo decisions.


A year after adoption, tattoo shop representatives applaud county safety regulations

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.


Tattoo, Piercing Shops to Face New Regulations

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 safety standards.

“The fact is body artists are less regulated than the person who cuts you hair,” wrote Contra Costa County Environmental Health Director Marilyn Underwood in a statement. “Through this law, health departments can help protect the public’s health …”