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Legislature considering regulation of tattoo shops

A bill requiring regulation of the tattoo industry has a chance to become law as the legislative session winds down, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
The legislation potentially could mandate minimum training periods and how far apart tattoo chairs

A bill requiring regulation of the tattoo industry has a chance to become law as the legislative session winds down, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The legislation potentially could mandate minimum training periods and how far apart tattoo chairs are set and require that sinks be located in the tattooing area, for example.

Sen. Yvonne Prettner-Solon, DFL-Duluth, said the proposal is under consideration for inclusion in the final health and human services omnibus bill but said she is not sure it would pass because of questions about the rules.

Some local governments, such as Minneapolis and Hennepin County, already regulate tattoo shops, but these rules would apply statewide.

Brian Carlson, who owns VIP Tattoo Studio in Duluth, isn’t crazy about the idea that “bureaucratic people without much knowledge can come in and affect my livelihood.”

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Carlson said he supports the overall concept but takes exception to such provisions as one requiring that bathroom doors must be able to self-close.

“All of that seems like an excessive factor,” Carlson said. “I don’t see how that has anything to do with the process [of tattooing].”

Carlson, who apprenticed for three years before starting his own shop, said the provisions don’t go far enough on training. He called for a two- to four-year apprenticeship program.