Office of the General Council, Dept. of Health
899 North Capitol St. NE, Room 547
Washington, D.C. 20002
RE: Proposed action on body art regulations
I am a member of the body art community and/or a supporter of the basic American values of free speech and self determination. I am in favor of fair, concise, and enforceable body art regulations in our nation’s capital and support the decision of Washington, D.C. lawmakers to provide basic protections for consumers and practitioners of the body art industry. I have read the recent second draft of proposed Body Art Establishment Regulations. I do not feel that these proposed regulations meet any of this criteria and am writing to explain my strong opposition to them.
I can not support sloppily written regulations that betray a complete misunderstanding of the trade they intend to safeguard. The regulations that I oppose include, but are not limited to:
• The unfair requirement of signage that lists unsupported claims of health risks.
• The required use of tools that do not exist (hollow tattoo needles).
•The inclusion of building requirements that surpass what is already required by the city for a Certificate of Occupancy.
•The body art supply regulations that require practitioners to purchase only from suppliers registered in the District of Columbia despite the fact that no such supplier exists.
•The provisions in the proposed regulations would create crippling financial burdens on tax paying business owners and body art practitioners, would unintentionally prohibit all tattooing, and would most certainly lead to the closing of several businesses.
As a supporter of body art and free speech, I hope that the D.C. Department of Health will abandon the second draft of proposed body art regulations and seek assistance and education on body art practices from professional body artists before proposing further regulations.
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