Tattoo artists voice concerns, support on proposed regulations

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon-Bibb Health Department is proposing new regulations that, if approved, will make getting tattoos and piercings safer.  The health department hosted a public hearing Monday night to receive feedback from stakeholders. 

Some of the proposed changes would require all shops and artists to be licensed and workplaces to be disinfected. The new rules would also require tattoos and piercings to be done with sterilized needles from sealed packages.

Kevin Dixon, a local tattoo artist, said, "A lot of them [health department officials] are pushing things that will make it more expensive… to do our job." 

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Ray Carlisle, another local tattoo artist, told 41NBC he supports the proposed changes and hopes that, if they are implemented, big events from his industry would be drawn to our area, "I would love to see a tattoo convention come to Macon. It would draw a lot of money to our area," said Carlisle.

Health department leaders intend on talking to more tattoo shop owners about the plans. They have not set a date for voting on the proposed regulations.