Should South Florida Impose a One-Day Waiting Period on Tattoos?

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Courtesy of Ken Cardonne from X ink in South Beach.
The deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean is in the Puerto Rican Trench, at 28,374 feet.
A distinguished, handsome Italian gentleman saunters into a Miami Beach tattoo shop that's drenched in purple neon light. He's out of place in multiple ways. First off, it's a hot July evening, and he's bundled up in a long beige scarf. Second, he's dressed straight out of GQ with his leather boat shoes and matching fedora. Not exactly the place's typical clientele.

Suku Rivera, the manager of Salvation Tattoo on Washington Avenue, will never forget the guy, who will forever be referred to as the protagonist of "the Tom story" among Rivera's co-workers.

"I want to make a tattoo for my wife," the European tourist says, referring to an equally gorgeous woman in her mid-50s.

So the woman lifts the hem of her elegant gold dress and bends over the tattoo table. She then gets T and M inked onto her buttocks, one letter per cheek.

In South Florida, tourists looking for a spur-of-the-moment memento can hit up dozens of walk-in tattoo parlors in South Beach and Fort Lauderdale. In the smartphone age, apps such as Yelp aid impulsive decisions by providing GPS coordinates of the nearest place to get inked. But in Washington, D.C., health officials are proposing a new set of regulations that could temper regrettable body art. "Think Before You Ink" would require people to wait at least 24 hours before turning their bodies into canvasses.

Were the law to pass here, places in Wynwood and midtown would go relatively unaffected, parlor owners say. It's the walk-in places that dot the Beach (and sate the masses' desire for infinity-symbol and Chinese-letter tattoos) that would likely lose business. So employees there are uniformly opposed to the law, and a mere mention of it tends to draw expletives.

"If people have to wait 24 hours to get tattoos, they won't get them," says Jesus from Circus Tattoo on Washington Avenue. "It's like telling people to wait 24 hours to go to the bar." In his 20 years as an artist, he's aided young women in their quests to ink measuring tapes on their thighs that say "measure before you enter." He's also etched helpful reminders onto women's stomachs, such as "cash only."

Fort Lauderdale's tourists aren't any different when it comes to treating their bodies as temples. J.D. at Bulldog Tattoo recalls four Army buddies who got tattoos of characters from the kids' show My Little Pony. To make it worse, the colorful cartoon horses were all vomiting.

"That's who's serving our country," he laments outside his workplace on Sunrise Boulevard near A1A.

The common sentiment is that tattoo artists can police themselves. There's an industry ethic against inking the visibly inebriated.

"I'm a co-owner of this business," Rivera says. "Every time I give someone a tattoo, I'm putting Salvation's name on the line. It's in my best interest not to give someone a terrible tattoo."

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Joe Van
Joe Van

Maybe we should do this with Restaurants also. I feel hungry, but damn I have to wait 24 hours because by eating now, I could be making a mistake because My Fitness Pal app on my phone said that I've already eaten my alloted calories for the day and I might become over-weight. BULLSHIT ! Our government is out of control, and we the people allow this bullshit!

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Najsoj Osnola
Najsoj Osnola

just what we need...more government interference into our personal lives

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Seán Schauseil
Seán Schauseil

How about a Mandatory spelling and grammar check?? Would have been a good idea for my cousin Stephanie

boneleetadpole
boneleetadpole

Hahahahahahaha.....!!!!!!!     Nanny State.....

Christine King
Christine King

NO! Does anyone realize many of our local tattoo shops make a living of tourists? Way to kill off yet another small business, sheesh.

mandelamancha
mandelamancha

"The common sentiment is that tattoo artists can police themselves. There's an industry ethic against inking the visibly inebriated."  HAH!  Not on miami beach!  I got my first Miami Beach tatto while I was fairly inebriated.  Did they attempt to stop me or talk me out of it?  Yeah right.  Money talks!

latincurvs
latincurvs

Why don't they inforce more cell phone/ driving laws first before they try to tell us what we should do with our own bodies.  What's next beheading if your too thin or too heavy?  BPLP!


Juan Santana
Juan Santana

That's a volition of the first amendment rights

Sharon Wilson Dass
Sharon Wilson Dass

for 21 years and younger, yes. Once you're over 21 and you want to get it WHEREVER, then it's on you.

Kyle Brea-Stevens
Kyle Brea-Stevens

I didn't know there was a black hole in the Atlantic Ocean, that must be where the Bermuda Triangle is.

Jackie Fernandez
Jackie Fernandez

I would say Yes if its an important part of your body like your face.

YubiOre
YubiOre

No, it wouldn't make much of a difference anyway? How does one day stop someone from getting a dumb tattoo? You're enacting laws that don't mean anything.

Yubi Orengo
Yubi Orengo

No, it wouldn't make much of a difference anyway? How does one day stop someone from getting a dumb tattoo? You're enacting laws that don't mean anything.

Aileen Diaz
Aileen Diaz

No no no. Government should stay out of MY business. MY decision to make. MY consequences to bear.

Sandi Kreisberg
Sandi Kreisberg

why?? spontaneous is half the fun !!! if someone gets a dumb tattoo...its their own fault !!!

erikace
erikace

waiting period?! smh we live in america and its not like a drug or a weapon! DC stay out of my ink! 

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

@Aileen Diaz But the government should be there for assistance. Right?

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