By Mike DeBonis and Victoria St. Martin
Reblogged from: www.washingtonpost.com
Some popular impulse purchases — tattoos and body piercings — could soon become less impulsive if District health regulators have their way.
A mandatory 24-hour waiting period is among the provisions included in a 66-page package of draft regulations governing the “body art” industry released by the city Health Department on Friday.
If the waiting period is adopted, D.C. will become one of a very few places in the nation where a person cannot walk into a tattoo parlor and walk out with a tattoo.
That’s exactly what Marcela Onyango did Friday afternoon, when she got her mother’s birth year — 1961 — tattooed on her rib cage at Fatty’s Custom Tattooz. It’s something the 25-year-old has been thinking about since her mom died three years ago, and she said she doesn’t think the government should make her wait another…
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