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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.