Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 2398

       S.D. 1




Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui

President of the Senate

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2012

State of Hawaii




     Your Committees on Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs and Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 2398 entitled:




beg leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to:


     (1)  Allow qualified licensed tattoo artists to demonstrate their skills at a tattoo trade show, tattoo convention, or other tattoo-related event, subject to the availability of the proper facilities and equipment necessary to perform their skills or work; and


     (2)  Allow the Department of Health to contract with professional testing services to prepare, administer, and grade an out-of-state examination for any applicant for a temporary tattoo license.


     Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from numerous individuals.  Testimony in opposition to this measure was received from the Department of Health, Kapu Tattoo Company, and twelve individuals.  Comments were received from five individuals.


     Your Committees find that this measure is intended to address the possible widespread adverse health effects of the transmission of disease by persons who are not licensed as tattoo artists in this State.


     Your Committees have amended this measure by deleting its contents and substituting provisions to:


     (1)  Prohibit the sale of tattoo supplies to any person under the age of eighteen years, any person not licensed in Hawaii as a tattoo artist, or any tattoo shop without a permit issued by the Department of Health;


     (2)  Beginning January 1, 2013, require every applicant for a tattoo artist license to pass a blood borne pathogen test developed specifically for the tattoo industry and approved by the Director of Health as a prerequisite to licensure, and to require passing the test every four years thereafter in order to continue licensure;


     (3)  Condition the granting of a temporary permit for locations other than a permitted tattoo shop for a trade show, product demonstration, or educational demonstration on a prohibition of the conducting of body piercing and body modifications; and


     (4)  Establish a tattoo artist task force to review administrative rules relating to the regulation and licensure of tattoo artists with the goal of enhancing regulation.


     Your Committees believe that this measure, as amended, addresses the most pressing present concerns about tattoo artists and the tattoo industry.


     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs and Health that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2398, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2398, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs and Health,