What the fuck?

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Senator Destexhe (MR) wil dat tatoueerders en piercers verplicht worden zich in te schrijven in het handelsregisters. Volgens Destexhe zijn er aanwijzingen dat nogal wat jongeren een hepatitis C-besmetting oplopen door het laten aanbrengen van tatouages en piercings in ongecontroleerde omstandigheden. Met zijn wetsvoorstel wil Destexhe piercings en tatouages bij jongeren jonger dan 16 jaar verbieden.

De verplichte inschrijving zou een betere controle over de sector mogelijk maken. De senator zal een wetsvoorstel indienen waarvan hij verhoopt dat het door minister van volksgezondheid Tavernier wordt omgezet in een Koninklijk Besluit dat onmiddellijk in voege kan treden. Volgens Destexhe, die zelf arts is, werkt het ministerie van Volksgezondheid momenteel aan een "code van goed gedrag" voor de sector. Maar daarmee kunnen geen misbruiken uitgesloten worden

That's the text that appeared in a newspaper on november 15th. Apparently, some senator of whom I've never heard want to forbid people under the age of 16 to get tatooed or pierced. That would prevent them from "getting tatooed or pierced in uncontrolled environments, often leading to Hepatitis-C infections".

This discussion has be going on for a very long time on international sites (for instance on BME Zine) and now this wise ass thinks he can regulate everything swiftly? I do support the fact that in some cases it's not wise to get tattooed or pierced that young, but there is no way to let age alone be the deciding factor. Besides, strictly regulating shops and studios will only force under aged kids to explore other options - self piercing, self tattooing, or ended up in shops that don't take hygiene as serious as they should.

Tattoo!Tattoo!Tattoo!

In other words... it won't solve a damn thing - they are using the wrong arguments to get control over yet another community. Thus far, the community has been selfregulating, and it has worked well. If government starts interfering, it'll just result in good artists quitting because they cannot afford the extra costs that obviously will come along.

Next thing we know is that tattoos or piercings are illegal, or cannot be shown in public. I have tattoos and that's who I am. Should someone forbid those, they deny me my basic right of expressing myself. And that, I'll never let happen.

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Well,

I gotta comment on this one.. sorry

First of all , i do understand a tattoo is kinda a way of expression, it's a part that belongs to your body... it's part of you.

But imagine, someone who is not yet 16 years old, going into a tattoo shop getting tattoo's and piercing that will remain for the rest of their lives.

Getting a tattoo is not a decission you make in 5 minutes, it's something you have tyo think bout, think about the concequences....

Children younger as 16 do not have the mentallity, the life expirience you need to make that kinda descission.

Why not forbit ppl younger as 16/18tattoo's ?
Imo, thats a good step forward; although i know even ppl in their40's don't really think about concequences when getting tattoo's.

And about tattoo's in public:
A tattoo is something personal that you get for yourself, not for showing off, but for yourself.

Tattoo's should NOT be forbitten in public, but... if it's shocking, or whatever.. they should indeed be forbidden....

Quote: " Next thing we know is that tattoos or piercings are illegal, or cannot be shown in public. I have tattoos and that's who I am. Should someone forbid those, they deny me my basic right of expressing myself. And that, I'll never let happen."

Imagine i'm judish, and you have a tattoo telling me judish ppl should get killed, or you have a hitler sign tattoo'd on your arm and you show that in public.

Is that freedom of expression ? no.. it's a vioolation, cause if you would write that down on in a paper, you would get into trouble....

Anyway, i just felt like commenting... that's all...


freedom of expression: Oke... but withing certain limits of age, morality and ethics!

I rest my case

Joco

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