New Law Could Raise Tattoo Prices – Tattoo Artists Fire Back
An unfortunate bill has passed through by Governor Cuomo that has the livelihood of tattoo artists of New York City under a great deal of strain. Of course, these artists aren’t just sitting back and letting it happen without a little professional input.
But, what is this bill exactly and why does it have so many feathers ruffled in the tattoo industry? Well, while one section of the bill isn’t even under question, requiring the use of single use prepackaged needles that come in sterile packages, the other portion of the bill stretches way beyond the common sense aspect of tattooing. They have passed a bill that will systematically require all tattoo artists in New York City use pre-packaged single use ink shots instead of the traditional ink caps and ink bottles that they use on a daily basis.
This bill will go into effect as of December 12th 2015, and there are many artists who are trying to get a petition signed and sent in that explains why single use ink shots are not only costly and lower quality, but absolutely unnecessary in an industry that upholds the highest of safety standards when it comes to their clients. But, why is this a burden on tattoo artists and the industry as a whole? Well, let’s take a look at standard protocol when it comes to tattoo ink.
Tattoo artists will typically purchase larger bottles of ink (most of which have been sterilized) and will use disposable ink cups (ink caps) per client. The major fear with the wording of this bill is that they will no longer be able to purchase the more economical sized ink bottles and disposable caps, since ink shots are what the bill calls for. Unfortunately, if those who are passing the bill along have never been tattooed, they likely don’t understand just how tedious it will get to use individual ink shots. Not only will it slow down the process of tattooing, it will also cause much more waste in the long run.
The average cost of a large bottle of ink can run anywhere from $7 to $20, depending on the brand and size of the ink bottle purchased by the artist. Of course, each artist has to buy a significant amount of colors to be able to offer their clients the best possible work. Just think, if a company had to pre-package each individual color into small ink cups that were pre-sterilized and individually packaged, just how much the artists will be spending on a daily basis just to afford their work.
Of course, this cost has to go somewhere, and while tattoos are already quite spendy, though worth it, the artists would have to pass along the overhead costs to the clients in order to maintain business. No one wants their tattoo to go up in price; there is very little need for this change in tattoo law, especially when the industry is filled to the brim with artists who have been maintaining sterile practices of tattooing long before Governor Cuomo was in office.