So now we need a ‘cooling off’ period for tattoos? Does this apply to all tattoos and piercings, or just high capacity ‘assault’ tattoos and piercings?


City officials insist that the rule will protect the public. Najma Roberts, a spokeswoman for the Health Department, said the new regulations were mandated by a law the council approved last year and are mainly intended to prevent “serious health risks.”

The rules include mandatory hepatitis B vaccinations and biohazard training for all artists and body-piercers as well as strict requirements on the use of needles, inks, gloves and other equipment. With the exception of certain ear piercings, tattoos and piercings would be banned for those younger than 18.

Reason continues, because that doesn’t explain the .

None of that has anything to do with a waiting period, clearly. The waiting period is getting the most attention, but the draft regulations also run 66 pages long and include everything from the aforementioned health safety management rules but also typical government regulatory mandates about permits and licenses, bathroom rules, and even what sort of walls they should have (easily cleaned).

Then there’s this gem:

“They can’t be responsible for themselves, as well as the person doing the work on them,” she said. “We’re making sure when that decision is made that you’re in the right frame of mind, and you don’t wake up in the morning . . . saying, ‘Oh my God, what happened?’ ”

So, should everyone get a 24 hour waiting period when they’ve been drinking to ensure they don’t wake up the next morning having made a mistake? Like … Say … DUI? If you’re saying people can’t be held responsible for their actions while drinking, then you can’t punish them for things they’ve done while drinking right? I know that’s a stretch, but they are saying you don’t have basic control of your decision making while intoxicated here.

Exit question:

So you have to wait 24 hours to cool off to get a tattoo to ensure you don’t make a mistake, but proposing the same thing for abortion is a sexist violation of women’s health?