A Senator Walks Into a Tattoo Parlor...
Moon wasn't against regulation, per se -- just the kind of regulation that bill called for. A statewide debate between tattooists erupted in the comments field of this blog last February, and that was the start of Moon's activism. The campaign apparently won him the respect of Sobel, who has consulted with Moon in crafting a bill that he and his new supporters across the state can support.
|Sen. Sobel, is that you?|
The bill that Sobel will introduce in the legislative session to come will add safety to the industry without discouraging newcomers. If passed it will create licensing guidelines for tattooists, similar to those for piercers. That is, required training in blood-borne pathogens, universal precautions and continuing education. Sobel will be talking about the bill at her appearance Monday.
But it's not just a publicity stunt -- or at least that's what Sobel has stressed to her new friend in the tattoo industry. "She told me, 'For me to do a bill, it's necessary for me to visit a tattoo studio,'" says Moon. "She really wants to be more informed."
Yes, but if Sobel really believes in this cause, she simply must get a tattoo. Preferably, two enormous angel wings on her back, befitting her new role as the Tattoo Angel.
"I've discussed a few options, and she hasn't settled on a final design," Moon says, facetiously, adding in a more serious tone, "I would be honored to put even the tiniest butterfly on her ankle, but I have a feeling we're not going in that direction."