Statewide standards for the tattoo industry are beginning to take effect in Florida immediately. The tattoo regulation law passed in 2010 and started being implemented in January 2012.
Under new rules, tattoo artists will have six months to obtain a license, which requires mandatory testing, hygiene standards, and instruction in the prevention of communicable diseases. The law also allows for state inspection of tattoo parlors and provides that licenses must be renewed yearly. The law also makes it illegal to tattoo anyone under 16 and increases the requirements needed for anyone under 18 to get a tattoo.
The Florida Professional Tattoo Artist Guild worked with legislators to pass the law because the professionals wanted to distinguish themselves from scratchers.
Any tattooer in Florida wanna comment on the new laws and how it is affecting you?