Resume Business for Tattoo and Body Art Facilities.

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Louisiana's Tattoo and Body Art Facilities are disproportionately economically affected by the effects of the current shut down do to COVID-19,  and are some of the best equipped facilities for dealing with preventing transmission of dangerous pathogens due to the already rigorous health and safety standards and practices established for regular business. Tattoo shop owners are having trouble qualifying for any kind of financial assistance and yet are still incurring expenses such as rent and licensure. Tattoo artists and body piercers are contract workers and are experiencing similar financial difficulties obtaining financial aid, and their families are suffering from the lack of income. Tattoo and Body Art Facilities in Louisiana were effectively shut down as of March 22, 2020, by order of the Governor and have been unable to operate since. Tattoo and Body Art Facilitieswere not included in Phase 1 of reopening Louisiana businesses. There are many businesses which were allowed to reopen in Phase 1 which are not nearly as well trained nor prepared in dealing with transmission of potentially deadly pathogens. The fact is that no industry is better equipped,  trained, and practiced for dealing with the current crisis or is as disproportionately affected economically. We are American citizens with rights and protections, and we should have the right to make the decision as to how to deal with the current crisis most effectively. Americans are amazing at innovation and overcoming adversity which is why we are the great nation we are. We are capable of putting our own policies and protections in place in order to protect the health and safety of our clients as well as the health and safety of the general public at large. Respect the rights of your citizens as enumerated in the Constitution and let us resume our work. Please show your support, and thank you.

Sincerely,
The Sinner's Luck Tattoo and Piercing Crew

 

Side Note: One of the few court decisions concerning the rights of citizens when facing pandemics ended with the Court ruling in favor of the state in the case of Jacobson v. Massachusetts, but even in our current situation though, the power of the government is limited. The Court warned that some restrictions may be so “arbitrary and oppressive in particular cases as to justify the interference of the courts to prevent wrong and oppression.” The Court added: “if a statute purporting to have been enacted to protect the public health, the public morals, or the public safety has no real or substantial relation to those objects, or is, beyond all question, a plain, palpable invasion of rights secured by the fundamental law, it is the duty of the courts to so adjudge, and thereby give effect to the Constitution.” It is clear when compared to the other industries being allowed to open under Phase 1 that the selection process is arbitrary at best and punitive at worst.

 

Update, May 14, 2020:

Our goal is to work with policy makers in order to create policies and practices that allow Tattoo and Body Art Facilities  to reopen safely and in a timely manner. 

Update, May 21, 2020:

Straight from the CDC. The reality we were originally presented out of an abundance of caution is not the actual situation we face. Its time to Reopen Louisiana.

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