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Bill Would Require More Training For Tattoo And Body Piercing Artists

— California's tattoo and body piercing artists would be subject to new regulations under a bill approved by the state legislature. The measure would impose tighter safety rules and more training.

The bill would require all body artists in California to get certified training in blood-borne pathogens.

They would also have to get vaccinated against hepatitis B, and take a first aid and CPR class.

John O'Connor runs Apogee Body Piercing in Ocean Beach. He thinks CPR training might be a bit much.

"However, by providing every opportunity for ourselves as practitioners to gain as much knowledge as possible, that can never be a bad thing," O'Connor says.

O'Connor believes the new regulations could force disreputable operators out of business. He says that would be good for the body art industry.

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Avatar for user 'Xander'

Xander | September 11, 2009 at 1:12 p.m. ― 7 years, 6 months ago

I think it’s a good idea I have gotten 3 tattoos in the past 2 year and feel that not all tattoo artists know what they are doing. My thoughts are that if California passes the bill we might have better tattoo artist than what we have now. I have seen many of my friends get really bad tattoos from tattoo artist who said they knew what they are doing. I am a youth mentor and have worked with a kid who was 18 years old and a shop starts letting them tattoo but he don’t know almost anything about blood-borne pathogens. I know that this does not happen a lot but maybe this bill might lower the number of times it does

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MFitzwater | October 4, 2009 at 9:37 a.m. ― 7 years, 5 months ago

From the consumer side, we are launching a new "Be Smart with Body Art" educational campaign on college campuses that focuses on five questions to ask before getting a tattoo to prevent against acquiring a viral blood disease such as hepatitis C. We are all for tattoos, we just want folks to be safe. Any ideas on how to promote the program to reach the most people? We will be launching the Web site, soon. Please visit the site.

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