September 9, 2013

It was near infuriating to read The Post’s Sept. 7 front-page article, “D.C. tattoo-seekers may soon have to wait a day,” on the effort backed by D.C. Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) to install a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before one can get a tattoo.

Such a regulation would hurt hardworking tattoo artists and needlessly restrict the freedom of District residents to make choices about their own bodies. Ms. Alexander asked, “If you really want to get it, then what’s 24 hours?” I ask: If a D.C. resident desires a tattoo, then what business is it of hers?  

John W. Britten, Washington