Change NYS Bill S1421-2015 to allow the use of disposable ink caps in tattooing!!

 

ATTENTION NYS TATTOO ARTISTS AND SHOPS!

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8.27.15

New laws have been passed in NY effective December 12th that will require the used of single use prepackaged ink cups instead of the usual disposable ink caps.

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To: Senator Carlucci, NYS Department of Health, Governor Cuomo, Assemblyman Zebrowski and whomever else it may concern,

This petition is regarding the wording on the new tattoo laws that were passed, bill S1421-2015. The wording regarding single use inks is complicated and may lead to completely unnecessary and expensive measures.

The new bill (s1421-2015) defines “SINGLE USE INK” SHALL MEAN A SEALED AND PRE-FILLED PACKAGE OF INK THAT IS ONLY INTENDED FOR A SINGLE USE”

The standard procedure by any properly trained tattoo artist involves purchasing large bottles of inks, and pouring them into small plastic, single use, disposable “ink caps”, just enough for the procedure, which are thrown away during clean up. The original large bottle is to be stored away from the client and the work station, and therefore away from any possibility of contamination.

The way the law reads now, would not work with these proven safe, common-practice procedures. They have single use, prepackaged inks, but they are incredibly expensive and not offered by any of the better quality brands of ink (really just a couple brands), and only available in a limited palette. For many artists, switching to a lesser-quality ink, is just not an option. For permanent makeup pigments (which is very much tattooing as well) there are no brands packaged for single use. These single-use inks, are impractical and unnecessary, since standard precautions are designed to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination.

We would like to propose that better wording would be something that specifies that pigments are required to be poured into single use disposable receptacles aka ink caps.

Example: “single use ink” shall mean all inks are poured into disposable single use containers, and disposed of after each procedure.

The key to safe tattooing is annual education requirements, teaching artists in the industry to use universal precautions and learn the newest and best practices to prevent cross-contamination and prevent the spread of dangerous infectious diseases. This is already a requirement through federal OSHA laws, which many other states have chosen to reiterate.

Rewrite NYS BILL S1421-2015 before it goes into effect!

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Breast Cancer Survivors – Turning Tragedy Into Art

About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2014, there were more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the United States. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.

The majority of these women have already or will have to get mastectomies in order to combat this disease. A mastectomy is a surgery that involves removing all or part of the breast to treat or prevent breast cancer. Although this can be a live-saving procedure, the scars that are left behind can have a huge physical and psychological impact on the individual. As a result, many of these breast cancer survivors are choosing to reclaim their lives and their bodies with beautiful commemorative tattoos.

For some, these tattoos serve as a form of healing. For a lot of women, coming to terms with how their body look after treatment can be very difficult. The tattoo not only serves as a decorative piece for the scars, but it also plays a huge part in the recovery process.

P.ink (Personal Ink) is a charitable initiative, that connects mastectomy patients with qualified tattoo artists. Every year, they host P.ink Day events where they connect mastectomy patients with tattoo artists who donate their time and services for free. P.ink also accepts donations throughout the year to help pay for survivors to receive these tattoos.

David Allen, a tattoo artist connected with P.ink, describes this process best: “What was clinical became beautiful again… we turned sterile into sensual. We took back control.”

For more information or to donate, please visit P.ink.

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[Show Recap] Motor City Tattoo Expo

Attending the Motor City Expo in Detroit was a blast! Although it was a more intimate show, the turnout was still amazing. The energy in the place was off the wall and the art was even better. As always, we are extremely thankful to meet new faces and catch up with the familiar ones. Check our slideshow below to see if you can find yourself!

Detroit Motor City Expo Photos >>> 

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We hope to see all of you at our next conventions. Check back regularly for show updates and recaps!

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[Show Recap] Philadelphia Tattoo Convention

We kicked off our 2015 Show Tour with the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention and Phoenix Body Art Expo. The turnout was great and all the artists who participated were amazing. We appreciate each and everyone of you for stopping by and showing your support. It always a great pleasure to catch up with familiar faces and meeting new ones as well.

Philadelphia Tattoo Convention Photos >>>

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Phoenix Body Art Expo Photos >>>

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We hope to see all of you at our next conventions. Check back regularly for show updates and recaps!

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Woman Start Business to Tattoo Scars of Burn Victims

Basma Hameed was severely burned as a young child in a hot oil kitchen accident. The accident left permanent scarring and discoloration on parts of her face. After undergoing over 100 procedures, she was still not able to conceal the third-degree burns. It was not until she was getting her eyebrows tattooed that she had the idea to tattoo her entire face.

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“I saw the result immediately,” she told Mic.com of the procedure, which she underwent following failed eyebrow transplants. “I was so happy that I thought to myself — why not do the same procedure using skin tone pigments on my scar tissue, to camouflage the discoloration.”

Hameed put herself into school and received training on para-medical tattooing. This form of cosmetic tattooing is used to help restore features lost due to scars, vitiligo, hair loss, and breast reconstruction. Today, she has helped many people transformed their lives through her business and through her charity, The Basma Hameed Survivors Foundation.

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Some may say that tattoos are a form of social deviance. Others might say that they are a form of artistic expression. With the emergence of paramedical tattooing, there’s no denying that tattoos are now becoming a vehicle for personal healing.

“When I first meet my clients they can be so shy and insecure about their respective skin conditions, but once we do a few treatments they are like brand new people,” she told Mic.com. “They smile, they laugh, and most importantly they feel like they can live again.

To learn more about Basma Hameed and para-medical tattooing, please visit her website: http://basmahameed.com/
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2015 TATSoul Convention Schedule

UPDATE: 2015 TATSoul Convention Schedule

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention
Philadelphia, PA
February 13-15th

Phoenix Body Art Expo
Phoenix, AZ
February 13-15th

Motor City Tattoo Expo
Detroit, MI
March 6-8th

San Franciso Body Art Expo
Daly City, CA
March 13-15th

Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
Costa Mesa, CA
March 20-22nd

Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention
Rosemont, IL
March 20-22nd

Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention
Baltimore, MD
April 10-12th

Pomona Body Art Expo
Pomona, CA
July 17-19th

Seattle Tattoo Expo
Seattle, WA
August 14-16th

**Check back often for continual updates of upcoming shows and conventions!

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Thumb cobra tattoo with Erik Payne

From conception to fist biting to thumb cobra. Here’s Luke Holley getting tattooed by Erik Payne at Inkvision Tattoo in Boise, Idaho.

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TATSoul Blowout Holiday Sale

The TATSoul Holiday Sale is here! What better way to get into the holiday spirit than saving tons of money off our most popular products? This year, we’re bringing you one of our BIGGEST sale ever! Enjoy 10% Off: Wrath Tubes, Envy Needles, Pride Aftercare, In-House Coils, Valor Direct, Eternal Inks, and the Drifter Duffle Pack. Just enter in the coupon code: HOLIDAY14 at checkout.

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Sale starts on 11/17/2014 and ends on 1/5/2015. *Some exclusions may apply. **While supplies last.


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Tattoo artists in Brazil train to identify skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Brazil, where basking in the sun on the beach is practically a religion. Unfortunately, not enough young people think skin cancer can happen to them and don’t visit the dermatologist. Brazilian youth sunscreen company Sol de Janeiro is taking a stance with its ongoing campaign to train Brazilian tattoo artists to identify signs of skin cancer.

If you think about it, it makes sense. Tattoo artists look at a client’s skin for hours, sometimes days, paying great attention to every detail.

So far, hundreds of tattoo artists have been trained and some have already found early signs of skin cancer.

This is the first program of its kind we’ve seen, but frankly we think it should be everywhere.

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Highlights from the Seattle Tattoo Expo!

Hey everyone! The Seattle Tattoo Expo was a successful show and we got to see some great friends! We’re resting up before we head to the Boston Tattoo Convention, which starts this Friday at the Boston Bay Back Sheraton Hotel. (More info about the Boston Tattoo Convention here.)

Check out photos from the 3-day convention below.

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