Some cities considering tattoo waiting periodFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Lawmakers in the nation’s capital are looking at a law that would make people wait 24 hours before getting a tattoo or piercing.
By: Katie Lange, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Lawmakers in the nation’s capital are looking at a law that would make people wait 24 hours before getting a tattoo or piercing.
Will it save people from an impulsive decision, or is it taking away a form of self-expression?
Surprisingly, many people I spoke with at the Dead Rockstar are in favor of the proposal, especially one man in the process of covering an old tattoo.
Samantha Gaulrapp- Client: "I have seven and I'm getting my eighth today."
Being in the hot seat of a tattoo parlor isn't out of the ordinary for Samantha Gaulrapp.
Gaulrapp: "It took me a year to plan out my first tattoo exactly where I wanted it, what colors and everything."
In fact, her latest tattoo took even longer to plan.
Gaulrapp: "I've been planning to get a lily and a rose for probably two years now."
But that isn't always the case.
Gaulrapp: "My piercings have been sporadic; kind of like I want to get one… Let’s go get one today."
Gaulrapp knows all too well that sometimes hasty decisions can backfire. Her fiancé is proof.
Aaron Vannett- Client: "My first tattoo was spur of the moment: Thought about it, went in and got it done, and now six years later, I'm getting it covered up."
Just 18 years old, he'd tattoo the name of his fiancé. Six years later, the nuptials would end.
Vannett: "I would definitely agree putting a 24-hour hold on it."
Chuck Kesler, owner of Dead Rockstar is in agreement.
Chuck Kesler- Owner of Dead Rockstar: "People getting a tattoo: It's something you should think about. You shouldn't just dive into it and say ‘OK, I want this,’ or ‘I want this’ and wake up the next day and think, ‘This is horrible, why did I do that?'"
Yet, at the same time, to each their own…
Kesler: "Just for someone to come in and say, ‘You can't have this year because we don't think you're ready.’ I think that should be up to the person to say when they're ready for it."
Josh Anderson- Tattoo Artist: "It's up to us as artists to educate the client and make sure the client isn't making that mistake."
Tattoo parlors aren't supposed to allow anyone to get a tattoo if they believe they're under the influence.
D.C. residents have a month to comment on the proposal.