[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As many of you may already know, on November 20th, 2019 Coalition For Tattoo Safety had its first open meeting. As the tattoo industry is thousands strong, CTS asked for help from volunteers.
Four new committees were formed to include the following:
Outreach and Fundraising handling Public Relations, Social Media, Trade Shows, Creating partners with tattoo shows and Sponsors.
Regulatory tasked to write minimum standards for the tattoo industry and Supervise new regulations throughout the country.
Educational handling Seminars and Health & Safety Training.
Ink Manufacturing consisting of a group of Tattoo Ink manufacturers working on unified standards.
Volunteers signed up to help but as many could not make the trip to Las Vegas for the meeting we would like to extend this invitation to volunteers all over the country. Please sign up below to volunteer in a committee of your choice and we will get back to you with access to committee members forums.
We are individually small but when united our numbers are too big to miss. Any help from volunteers is greatly appreciated as great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
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October 2019 DC TRIP
In October members of the CTS traveled to DC to meet with House members in regard to the House Draft Bill relating to Cosmetic Reform. It was an important trip because a hearing is right around the corner. This made the trip extremely last minute and extremely important.
Last time we visited we focused on the Republican Party. This visit was focused on the Democratic Party.
We again had a former member join us and break the ice with the Congressmen/women.
During the trip we met with 5 Congressmen/women as well as multiple staff members.
The Representatives and staff belonging to the districts are as follows:
- Rep Schakowsky (D-IL)
- Rep Schrader (D-OR)
- Rep Welch (D-VT)
- Rep Cardenas (D-CA)
- Rep Dingell (D-MI)
- Rep Ruiz (D-CA)
- Rep Butterfield (D-NC)
If any of these are YOUR Congressman Please be sure to send them an email and/or letter.
During each meeting we helped to educate each member on modern day tattooing and the industry. We discussed the concerns that the industry have with the draft bill as it stands. A majority of the discussion was based on explaining how ingredients for topical cosmetics could be harmful when inserted into the skin. The difference in mode of application has not discussed among law makers or regulators. We took time to explain how our industry in not running from regulation but it needs to be understood that improper regulation could create a health crisis. We are an industry that has for the most part been “self regulated” for centuries so we asked for more time to comply with their demands. It’s going to take education and understanding on both sides of the fence.
We received great reactions from everyone we met with.
Not unlike our other visits, most of everyone we talked to did not know Tattooing has been added to the draft.
This visit we had a Representative from CA that has a son that was involved in tattooing. He was extremely curious about our position and began to offer up suggestion and his help.
Stay tuned for the next trip update. If there are any additional questions please feel free to email Sean Brown at [email protected][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1575322226897-c0569d9a-ea55-9″ include=”1003717,1003719,1003718″][/vc_column][/vc_row]
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]November 20th, 2019 at 10 am Coalition For Tattoo Safety had its first open meeting. Supporters of the tattoo industry, members and non-members alike were presented with a lot of information and were given an opportunity to ask as many questions as they needed to.
The meeting started with CTS board of directors addressing some frequently asked questions about the Coalition which will soon be posted on our website for all the public to read. After the audience was satisfied with the answers, information was handed out about the 2020 CTS World Trade Show. The date was officially announced and the outline of the Trade Show events was shared. More information can be found in the Trade Show section of our website.
Following a short lunch break, CTS treasurer Sean Brown gave an update on each of the 3 visits he had taken to the U.S. Congress representing the Coalition and the Tattoo Industry. Summary of all the visits can also be found in our previous News Posts with a more in depth report from Sean coming soon. Sean’s update was followed by our industry’s congressional lobbyist Jennifer Walsh who shared details about the Bills in the House and the Senate, as well as what’s happening on Capitol Hill. The floor was opened up to the audience and a long and productive session of questions and answers followed, until the room was silent and all were content with the information shared.
As the tattoo industry is thousands strong, CTS asked for help from volunteers. Four new committees were formed to include: Outreach and Fundraising, Regulatory, Educational, and Ink Manufacturing. Volunteers signed up to help but as many could not make the trip to Las Vegas for the meeting we would like to extend this invitation to volunteers all over the country. More information will follow soon with details on what each committee will be handling and how to sign up to volunteer.
We firmly believe that this meeting was a great success and plan to have another one in about 6 month. We hope to see even more people attend and get involved.
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Food and Drug Administration Warning Letters:
As many of you already know, on October 1st, 2019 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released warning letters on their website for several ink manufactures. What is important to know is that both letters were issued and dated in 2018. They are not new letters. What the FDA failed to provide was the corrective actions taken by both companies. Both Ink companies had corrected the issues that the FDA had identified well within the time limit proposed. These companies called out by the FDA as well as all our member companies are constantly working to meet current regulations, be prepared for future regulations and to ensure our industry standards are higher than both.
It is also important to know that the Coalition for Tattoo Safety strives to establish and enforce that all its manufacture members follow Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). Above that, the CTS pushes its members and the tattoo industry to self-regulate, develop best practices for our industry and continue education. We are a very unique industry and as we grow it is imperative that we go above and beyond what the outside world views us as by continuing to self-regulate at a higher level. After all, it is us tattooers and manufactures that know why and how tattoos actually work.
What’s happening in D.C.?
The U.S. House is set to have a preliminary hearing on the draft bill sometime at the end of this month or in November. During the hearing members of congress will be debating and hearing testimony from stakeholders. Following the hearing they would schedule what is known as a “mark-up”, during which they would make changes to the bill and then vote on it. The next step would be a vote on the bill on the House floor. The CTS is planning another trip to meet with Congress in preparation for the hearing. Stay tuned for updates on our next visit.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
In October of 2018, CTS presented the first World Tattoo Industry Trade Show to present and discuss these topics of concern. Since that time, we have witnessed many artists post to social media and spread fear across the tattoo artist community. We want to make clear that creating friction with the FDA or the government will not solve this issue. We need to bring into the light how underground tattooing has a negative effect on this industry and the general public. We need to expose the black market distributing unsafe counterfeit products to unqualified artists. To succeed, we must be on the same page and come to a workable compromise for all sides involved. The tattoo industry will not survive using inadequate products and misguided regulations.
On May 14th of 2019, members of the Coalition for Tattoo Safety (CTS), Mario Barth (Intenze Products), Terry Welker (Eternal Ink), Damian Guerin (Intenze Products), Sean Brown (Ever After Pigments), Liz Cook (Ever After Pigments), and Charles Dorrell (Eternal Ink), attended meetings with staffers in Washington D.C. to discuss a pending Senate and a House bill written to revise the current FDA Cosmetic Act of 1938.
On June 26th of 2019, Sean Brown and Charles Dorrell met with House Representatives and their staff. They were all very responsive and concerned as to why tattooing has been wrapped up in a draft bill if tattooing is not a HEALTH CRISIS. . Every Congressman they met with was genuine and receptive. They all cared about our rights as Americans, business owners, tattoo professionals and collectors.