It’s hard to imagine a scenario more absurd than a new state law requiring everyone in the state to get a tattoo on their body.
And while the state’s governor is probably not in the business of making laws, that doesn’t stop him from signing the legislation.
“We have some really tough laws, and that’s what we’ve got here,” Gov.
John Hickenlooper said at a recent press conference.
“And I want to say this: If you’re thinking about getting your body tattooed, you’ve got to do it now.
If you don’t do it in the next few days, then you’ll regret it.
If it happens in the month or two weeks, then it’s done.”
A number of states have similar laws, but few require tattoo artists to provide patients with proof of their age or a medical history.
As the law becomes more common, more states are following suit, requiring all adult tattoo artists in their states to submit their photos to the state for approval.
But while many tattoo shops have become reluctant to serve the new law, some have been quick to take advantage of the situation.
“I thought this was going to be a big issue.
This is a state where people are going to have tattoos, and I thought this might be a little strange,” said Nick Lohse, owner of Tittymag, a tattoo parlor in Springfield, Missouri.
“I just didn’t know it would be so popular, so quickly.”
Tattooed adults who aren’t a licensed health care provider will not be required to have a medical certificate or undergo the procedures required under the new laws.
Instead, they can obtain a personal health record and get the necessary licenses to carry out their work.
“This is something that is actually being implemented,” said Dr. Matthew Renn, a professor of medicine and public health at the University of Pennsylvania.
“This is the kind of thing that’s going to become part of a broader public health approach to the issue of tattooing.”
“There’s really no reason to have someone who’s not a licensed medical professional on the roster,” Renn added.
While tattooing is illegal under federal law, the practice has been legal in other states, including Massachusetts, where a group of doctors from the University Hospital of Medicine and Dentistry recently recommended that all adult patients have the option of getting an “intact” tattoo on the arm or leg.
The new law doesn’t make it clear whether the tattooing process can be performed by licensed health providers or by private individuals, which means a new tattoo shop could have trouble getting approval from the state.
But, Renn says, the risk of a public health catastrophe is low.
“The risk is not there,” Rene Rieff, director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, said in a statement.
“We don’t know how to get people to get tattooed without them getting their tattoos and then being sued for all sorts of things, but that’s something we’ve been trying to work on for a number of years.”
“I think this is a good first step in making sure that everyone in this state has access to tattooing,” said Amy Johnson, executive director of tattooed youth organization the Tattoo Project.
“The tattooed population is very active, and it’s important to know that the process is safe and that there’s no reason not to do so.”