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.
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.
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.
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 …”
“We have to jump though all these hoops — which we do anyway — for all these fees. But to me if there’s no enforcement of the people that aren’t following these regulations, then what’s the point?” Forrester said.