Nyc Tattoo Artists Standing Against New Ink Law!!

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Across NYC tattoo artists are speaking out and rallying against a new bill and ink law set to go into effect on December 12th.

The bill would require all tattoo and piercing studios to use single-use ink and single-use needles which come in sealed and sterile packages. For the most part the needles are not the problem, it is the ink that artists have taken issue with. The usual disposable ink capsules are to be replaced with prepackaged "ink shots".

According to a number of tattoo artists the "ink shots" are costly, unnecessary and a lower quality than the inks currently used. A petition has begun to stop the changes to the ink in use at present, and the artists behind the petition are calling for the wording of the bill to be altered as to allow ink from larger bottles "to be poured into single use disposable receptacles, aka ink caps."

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    The petition further outlined how the current practice with ink in the industry is no way a contamination risk;

           The standard procedure by any properly trained tattoo artist involves purchasing large bottles of inks, and pouring them into small plastic, single use, disposable “ink caps”, just enough for the procedure, which are thrown away during clean up. The original large bottle is to be stored away from the client and the work station, and therefore away from any possibility of contamination.

    It also further reiterated the the lower quality of the ink and the problems this would cause for a number of artists working in New York;

      For many artists, switching to a lesser-quality ink, is just not an option...These single-use inks, are impractical and unnecessary, since standard precautions are designed to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination. 

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    When discussing the passing of the bill Gov. Cuomo explained its reasoning and significance;

    "Reusing tattooing or piercing needles poses potentially serious and life threatening health risks. This new law is an important step toward preventing the spread of infectious diseases and in holding accountable those who don’t take the proper precautions.” 

    Tattooing in New York has previously been illegal, between 1967 and 1997 tattooing was underground and a banned activity within the city. The ban was first implemented due to a Hepatitis B scare but after three decades was repealed. Of course as we all know any decent and self-respecting tattoo shop takes great care in using inks and preventing contamination!! NY Adorned's Brad Stevens has been one of the artists to speak out against the new bill and share the realities it brings for artists in New York City;

    Cheap, mass produced tattoo inks can contain plastics and many tend to fade or completely fall out of the skin eventually. To put it simply we would be tattooing with inferior products. It would make your tattoo worse.  

    When passed the bill will most likely change the tattoo scene in New York in a major way, and not necessarily for the better...You can find the petition against the new ink laws here!!


    @Robert Davies

    Tattoodo Staff Writer and tattoo enthusiast. Lover of all things traditional and blackwork!


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