Tattoo Artists Spur Change In New York Ink Law

By Jessica Paige - 
Tattoo Artists Spur Change In New York Ink Law

New York Tattoo Artists win battle over unnecessary Bill passed in Albany...

Looks like we've won... for now.

A few months ago you might have seen your New York friends posting about a new tattoo bill, that had been turned over to city legislation. 

The bill stated that disposable ink caps would be replaced with pre-packaged, single use "ink-shots" in an effort to protect against cross-contamination and blood-bourne illnesses.

Single use ink caps.

This conversation spurred instant backlash from the community, many of whom had expressed that the "ink shots" in question are not manufactured by the industry's leading pigment brands, and are inferior products. For these artists, switching to poor-quality ink was just not an option.

The industry standard procedure involves purchasing bulk bottles of ink, to pour into single use ink caps that are disposed of (along with most station materials) after a tattoo is finished. After the ink is poured, the bottles are to be stored away from an artists work station, in order to prevent the possibility of cross-contamination. 

The Solid Ink, an industry leading pigment company. Image Source: Luke Wessman.

Though in theory this bill may have some merit to the safety of tattooing practices, there has been much speculation among tattooers regarding the manufacturer of these "ink shots" being a prime suspect in this push to reform.

Shortly after the bill was passed, an online petition went out that garnered nearly 50,000 electronic signatures against the movement.

This Friday, Governor Cuomo signed a bill striking down the packaging requirement, instead leaving it up to the health department to make the calls for safely handling ink.

Crisis averted. Thank you New York.

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