At some places the authorities are forcing tattoo parlors to hire doctors and make sure that they’re present when someone goes under the needle, whereas in Washington you can simply pick up your tattoo gun and go on a rampage as per whims.
Definitely Washington has failed to keep up with the times. Tattoo artists are not required to prove their potential and knowledge with respect to hygiene and precautionary measures. Unsafe tattoos can cause deadly infections and can spread diseases like Hepatitis B, in case disposable needles are not used. A bill that would have required inspections and licenses for all tattoo parlors died a cold death in the House, though approved by the state Senate.
Most of the tattoo artists are unlicensed and prove the failure of the whole system.