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New laws have been passed in NY effective December 12th that will require the used of single use prepackaged ink cups instead of the usual disposable ink caps.



To: Senator Carlucci, NYS Department of Health, Governor Cuomo, Assemblyman Zebrowski and whomever else it may concern,

This petition is regarding the wording on the new tattoo laws that were passed, bill S1421-2015. The wording regarding single use inks is complicated and may lead to completely unnecessary and expensive measures.

The new bill (http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/s1421-2015) defines “SINGLE USE INK” SHALL MEAN A SEALED AND PRE-FILLED PACKAGE OF INK THAT IS ONLY INTENDED FOR A SINGLE USE”

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.

The way the law reads now, would not work with these proven safe, common-practice procedures. They have single use, prepackaged inks, but they are incredibly expensive and not offered by any of the better quality brands of ink (really just a couple brands), and only available in a limited palette. For many artists, switching to a lesser-quality ink, is just not an option. For permanent makeup pigments (which is very much tattooing as well) there are no brands packaged for single use. These single-use inks, are impractical and unnecessary, since standard precautions are designed to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination.

We would like to propose that better wording would be something that specifies that pigments  are required to be poured into single use disposable receptacles aka ink caps.

Example: “single use ink” shall mean all inks are poured into disposable single use containers, and disposed of after each procedure.

The key to safe tattooing is annual education requirements, teaching artists in the industry to use universal precautions and learn the newest and best practices to prevent cross-contamination and prevent the spread of dangerous infectious diseases. This is already a requirement through federal OSHA laws, which many other states have chosen to reiterate.

Rewrite NYS BILL S1421-2015 before it goes into effect!

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I’m seeing so many poor hand and finger tattoos online lately. Posted proudly by mediocre tattoo artists of course. I’m convinced that some tattoo artists just have horrible taste. That’s the only thing that would explain pride in poor work. I’m not a huge proponent of “street shop” quality hand tattoos. A hand tattoo is a very complicated job. It should only be attempted by a very experienced tattoo artist. Unfortunately, that advice seems to go out the window often. How about this…If you are going to make that kind of life decision, please go to an artist that is going to create an amazing piece of art on you. People will look at that hand the rest of your life. Like it or not. Get something awesome.

What do you think?

Is it the best or worst time for the tattoo industry?

“ It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period…”
—The opening paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens 1859
When Dickens wrote those words, did he believe that not much would change in 156 years? Maybe.

In my opinion, the message of that opening monolog is that our surroundings and situations haven’t changed all that much throughout history. Your life is your perspective. Where your mind goes, your life will follow.

Is it the “best of times”? Is it the “worst of times”?

What’s your perspective? Are you making a contribution to the BEST or the WORST of times in your world?

This blog focuses on tattoo artists. How does this message relate to the tattoo “industry”? Are we all part of an industry? Some of us are, and some of us aren’t. How do you know? It’s a good idea to know what the word means.

So…what does industry mean?

1 Canadian industry: manufacturing, production; construction.
2 the publishing industry: business, trade, field, line (of business); informal racket.
3 the kitchen was a hive of industry: activity, busyness, energy, vigor, productiveness; hard work, industriousness, diligence, application, dedication. ANTONYMS inactivity

It’s funny to see industry defined in black and white. Does the word apply to us? Some tattoo artists manufacture things, some produce content, some add value to people’s lives through the act of tattooing. Tattooing is a business for sure, and a trade when passed on in the traditional sense, but unfortunately, a lot of people treat it as an “informal racket” (but hey, that’s in the definition too right?).
When I read definition number 3 I’m filled with pride! Those are the words I would like to exemplify the industry I want to be part of. Active, busy, vigorous, productive, dedicated, hard working…

So what’s going on today with our industry (for lack of a better term)?

It certainly IS the best and worst of times…

The bar is raised by incredible tattoo artists who seem to take to the tools and techniques of the application of tattoos to new heights! Artists who spend their time away from tattooing studying art. Tattoo artists are also becoming painters, sculptors, graphic designers and creative entrepreneurs. This is a new and beautiful trend in our community. People who want to master their craft, and challenge themselves to set artistic goals beyond tattooing alone (not that tattooing alone doesn’t provide a lifetime of challenges).

The basement is lowered by amateurs who create complete garbage, ruin people’s bodies, pass on disease, and unfortunately have unlimited access to equipment and information (none of which seems to help them) like never before in tattoo history. It’s too late to stop that bleeding. Pun intended.

The brackets get wider and wider between the dedicated professionals and the home-spun hacks. The gray area in the middle gets larger too…the mediocre. They may be the worst of all in terms of “contribution” to industry. Quite the opposite in fact. They are the takers. Boring and uninspired. Taking shortcuts and appropriating other artists’ hard work. Discount pricing and “used car” sales tactics. Lowering the value of what we do. Shame on you.

There is an epidemic out there. So many untrained tattoo artists working in professional shops its terrifying. It may even be a bigger issue than the underground “scratcher”. These people are in “legitimate” street shops competing with us for our living. In my area the majority of the artists I compete with were just handed machines by other untrained artists and told to just learn by doing. Only about 10% have been properly trained, and make an effort to pass the traditions down to people they deem to have the most potential. I’ve personally witnessed artists with up to 10 years of experience who don’t even eye loupe their needles for damage. If you are a tattoo artist and you don’t know how to use an eye loupe to check your needles, ask your mentor. If he/she doesn’t know, consider a new mentor. If you don’t have a mentor, get one.

Be a responsible tattoo artist. Be accountable to someone you actually respect.
If that isn’t possible, at least hold YOURSELF accountable.

So, is it the BEST or WORST of times?

It’s all about what you’re thinking, and how it effects what you’re doing.
What is your perspective?

Be the Best!
Keith Ciaramello

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