License needed to braid hair, not for tattoos

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New legislation signed this week by Gov. Ed Rendell requires licenses for mortgage brokers.
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Rock You Out

Chesterfield, MO

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Jul 11, 2008
 
Very Good Paul. Just remember those 99% of foul mouthed people didn't really understand your first story. They just took it personally and most likely should eat more fruit and relax.
I have to small tattoos. I read your story. I understood it. And could not complain. There were probably alot of people that had tattoos that read it and just let it go.
At first when people were commenting it wasn't too bad....but then it started getting repetitive and people starting turning into sheep.....I was starting to read what cities they were coming from because I swear it was one person just changing their name.
And I bet the majority of those people crying about you hating them for tattoos are probably being "reverent" witht he Dali Lama right now. It's funny how people put on a show for others. It takes time for peopel to learn who they are be happy with that. Just let it go. Live your life and just smile at the people that are living their lives for others.

A 28 year old Vikette from Allentown (born and raised)
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Los Angeles, CA

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Jul 11, 2008
 
I don't see the difference between the government telling me I need to wear a helmet when I ride a motorcycle and the government telling me which tattoo artist I can use. Both are public safety issues, but Paul seems to have conflicting stances on these issues. I wish he would take the time to reconcile his random thoughts and beliefs before writing his next column.
no gnus

Nazareth, PA

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Jul 11, 2008
 

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Tatoos and body piecings are a stupid fad. Most people will grow tired of them at some point in thier lives. Unfortunately, unlike other stupid fads(platform shoes, swallowing goldfish etc) the current trend will leave you with a permannet reminder of your stupidity. Tatoos are trashy, but as an American, I respect your right to look like crap.
Rock You Out

Chesterfield, MO

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Jul 11, 2008
 

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no gnus wrote:
Tatoos and body piecings are a stupid fad. Most people will grow tired of them at some point in thier lives. Unfortunately, unlike other stupid fads(platform shoes, swallowing goldfish etc) the current trend will leave you with a permannet reminder of your stupidity. Tatoos are trashy, but as an American, I respect your right to look like crap.
Well said. Styles come and go. Do you hear the elderly complaining. They probably think we are silly...but then again....they aren't stressed out and just accept people for who they are. Just sit back and laugh. That's all.

“Allergic to stupid people”

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Jul 11, 2008
 
The sad thing is the legitimate tattoo parlors want to be licensed, they want that piece of paper to put on their wall to distinguish them from the "back alley" group. Problem is every time the licensing issue goes to legislation, it gets shot down for one reason or another.
jimpr

Owatonna, MN

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Jul 11, 2008
 
Speaking of stupid fads that come and go, does anyone remember that one from the seventies? You know the one where people actually wore mustaches. Man that was one crazy bunch of coked out disco loving freaks pulling that one off. I mean think of it, imagine walking down the street today and seeing some guy with a mustache! You'd be like, "hey John Holmes? where is KC playin?" I mean what a bunch of maroons those people were. Well thank god that ones over, I mean cops don't even do it anymore because they now how stupid it looks. Well, I got to get back to work now. For you see I work for a living, in fact I work for an international renown manufacturing company that hired me with Dreadlocks and Tattoos, based strictly on my abiltiy and not some stereotype of how I looked. Amazing!...forward thinking positive open minded people running business's in America land of the free.
PS- Mr. Carpenter, I believe the Taliban is re-establsihing a foothold in Afghanistan and will be looking for people of your narrow minded caliber....please do apply good sir.
hal

Walnutport, PA

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Jul 11, 2008
 
Not all tattoed people are dirtballs, but all dirtballs are tattooed.
KJP

Bronx, NY

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Jul 11, 2008
 
Perhaps PA should take the lead from NYC here. We have a thriving body art community here and studios are licensed by the state and are subject to inspection by the dept. of health. Same goes for piercers and other body modification professionals, including plastic surgeons. That industry welcomes it because it weeds out the chaff from the wheat as it were and protects the community from biased accusations of spreading disease that are based on conjecture, not facts. The report you're citing has been blasted by the AMA for their faulty methodology and free wheeling manipulation of data.
That said, there IS a risk associated with any procedure that breaks the skin from ear piercing to tattoos to surgery and its only common sense to make sure that the instruments are sterile.
One last point, since you claim to have ink, are you a tattoo freak too, just like the rest of us?
Tat Boy

Easton, PA

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Jul 11, 2008
 
jimpr wrote:
For you see I work for a living, in fact I work for an international renown manufacturing company that hired me with Dreadlocks and Tattoos, based strictly on my abiltiy and not some stereotype of how I looked. Amazing!...forward thinking positive open minded people running business's in America land of the free.
I highly doubt though you have a visible position in your company. dreadlocks are great on black Rasta dudes, but on white boys they equal dirty (actually filthy) hair. I have tattoos too but I have the good sense to get them where they can be covered up to appear professional.
fed up

Allentown, PA

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Jul 11, 2008
 
can somebody PLEASE tell Paul to drop this issue?? you can't tell me that there's nothing else better to talk about. Oh, that's right. He knows that people are upset with him and he's doing this for attention and more people buying this low class paper. In the end, he's just sitting back with a HUGE smile..... And, no, I do not have any tattoos.
Next

Greenville, MS

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Jul 12, 2008
 
I know the more I am insulted, the more papers I want to buy!
amanda

Philadelphia, PA

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Jul 12, 2008
 
fed up wrote:
can somebody PLEASE tell Paul to drop this issue?? you can't tell me that there's nothing else better to talk about. Oh, that's right. He knows that people are upset with him and he's doing this for attention and more people buying this low class paper. In the end, he's just sitting back with a HUGE smile..... And, no, I do not have any tattoos.
So why are you letting it bother you so much? He is surely winning the battle if your panties are getting so bunched up. Calm down and don't read the column if you are so annoyed.
Opus

Allentown, PA

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Jul 13, 2008
 
I don't know what to do .
I went out for a hamburger, they talked me into a hot dog and told me I'd like it.
Well I got home opened it up and I cannot eat the thing.
It's long , skinny and has alittle hole in the end. It looks way too much like a sex toy.
I'm going to taco bell and see if I can pay my phone bill while I'm there.
anybody want my one eyed dragon sandwich?
Kaitie

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Jul 13, 2008
 
What I don't understand about this column is that Mr. Carpenter uses these (faulty) statistics to seemingly justify his outrageous and unsubstantiated accusations a few weeks past. What is confusing is that Mr. Carpenter views this as legitimate.
The people that are not passing these regulating laws are the very "high" society he praised just weeks ago (Assuming, of course, that there are classes of people more worthy of culture than others...high culture versus low "freaks"). They refuse to pas legislation to weed the corrupt (and there has never been corruption in any other field of American life *sarcasm*) from the legitimate. How is that a mark aganist people who wish to wear art on their body (whether "good" or not)? Wouldn't this article be more derogatory against the very conservative, tattoo-free, suit wielding men Mr. Carpenter himself tries to emulate?
Big Brown

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Jul 21, 2008
 
Carpenter should add "ignorant" to his list of words describing tattooed people. If you have them, how can you not agree with this article. I know I would want to go to a parlor where a license was required. How can you possibly argue against that?
Then again, I guess all you "tough guys" aren't afraid of some stupid disease like Hepatitus.

Unbelievable.
Big Brown

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Jul 21, 2008
 
no gnus wrote:
Tatoos and body piecings are a stupid fad. Most people will grow tired of them at some point in thier lives. Unfortunately, unlike other stupid fads(platform shoes, swallowing goldfish etc) the current trend will leave you with a permannet reminder of your stupidity. Tatoos are trashy, but as an American, I respect your right to look like crap.
Well said. Sheep following sheep.
PA man

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Sep 17, 2008
 
I think the idea of licensure for braiding is completely used as a tool for PA to gain extra money... Think about it... how much do they charge for the test and the extra licensure fee for all of this.... And the idea is that this licensure PROTECTS the braiders from getting fined,,, that makes sense... Now, say you have a real profession like a doctor or lawyer....yes, you are dealing with peoples lives and their future (not their hair).... thus require licensure.... idiots
Joe NYC

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Oct 31, 2008
 
no gnus wrote:
Tatoos and body piecings are a stupid fad. Most people will grow tired of them at some point in thier lives. Unfortunately, unlike other stupid fads(platform shoes, swallowing goldfish etc) the current trend will leave you with a permannet reminder of your stupidity. Tatoos are trashy, but as an American, I respect your right to look like crap.
a simple question.... how can something be a fad that been around for over 100 years? plarform shoes don't date back to the 1840's. disco wasn't around in world war 2. but tattoos were. i always chuckle when i hear someone say tattoos are a fad. thats either a bad stab at irony or announcing how much you don't know about what you're opening your mouth about.
ivory dove

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Oct 31, 2008
 
If you're not sure you want the tattoo for life, would you use a magic
marker?
walt

Nazareth, PA

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Nov 30, 2008
 
Joe NYC wrote:
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a simple question.... how can something be a fad that been around for over 100 years? plarform shoes don't date back to the 1840's. disco wasn't around in world war 2. but tattoos were. i always chuckle when i hear someone say tattoos are a fad. thats either a bad stab at irony or announcing how much you don't know about what you're opening your mouth about.
Stupid response, you have no life experience. Tatoos have been around for years, true, but only a select group had them during the last 200 years. That group was predominently miliatry MEN and MALE prisoners. Now every ding bat who blindly follows the crowd has a tatoo.

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