MIRS News Services has reported that the Department of Health & Human Services are proposing new regulations for tattoo artists and piercers in Michigan. Some of the new regulations include new rules for jewelry and what kind of material the jewelry must be made out of.
Although MIRS News states that a lot of tattoo artists and piercers support these new rules, it is another example of government overreach.
Let’s be clear, the government should have no say over the type of jewelry that is used in tattoo parlors and piercing shops. Instead, why can’t we let the free markets work? If customers of the parlors and shops want a new type of jewelry, they will either make it clear to the workers or they will take their business elsewhere and force their old parlor to upgrade. It is not the government’s job to speak on behalf of us.
There seems to be a law for everything nowadays and there is no consistency. Hair braiders are subject to more regulations than hair dressers, certain types of fish can be caught while others cannot, and you can go mini golf past 1am in Lansing, Michigan, but you cannot play past 1am in Detroit, Michigan.
This is not to say that all regulations are bad, some are indeed good, but this is often a rare case. Numerous times, regulations hurt the people they are intended to protect, and in this case it is the regulations penalizing tattoo parlors and piercers.
Let’s work together to minimize the amount of regulations that are forced upon businesses and the average Michigander. We can put a stop to this with your help!