Cedar­town up­dates tat­too or­di­nance for mi­crob­lad­ing

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

Cedar­town Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved an up­date to the city’s tat­too or­di­nance that brings it in line with state law, and reg­u­lates a grow­ing trend in eye­brows.

City Man­ager Bill Fann ex­plained that up­dates to the leg­isla­tive code and health depart­ment reg­u­la­tions re­quired the City of Cedar­town to also up­date their or­di­nance to en­sure it matches with what is be­ing done on state level when it comes to reg­u­la­tion of mi­crob­lad­ing.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the or­di­nance was up­dated lo­cally to en­sure that ad­di­tional al­lowances for the prac­tice to be al­lowed in busi­nesses zoned C-1, and re­moves a por­tion of the lo­cal code re­quir­ing li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance, which was a re­peat of what was al­ready re­quired un­der health depart­ment reg­u­la­tions.

Fann wasn’t ex­actly sure what mi­crob­lad­ing is, and that also prob­a­bly in­cludes a lot of other peo­ple in Polk County as well.

The prac­tice known as mi­crob­lad­ing, or mi­crochan­nel­ing, is es­sen­tially us­ing tat­too­ing tech­niques to cre­ate eye­brows that are per­fectly shaped for a long pe­riod of time, but it isn’t all per­ma­nent.

Hair­like in­ci­sion strokes are cre­ated along the eye­brow to en­hance the look and shape of the eye­brows. Those who per­form mi­crob­lad­ing use a nanoblade that has been dipped in pig­ment to match the color the cus­tomer wants, or is most like their own natural brow col­ors.

They do have to be touched up over time, just like a reg­u­lar tat­too, and re­sults can vary de­pend­ing on who is per­form­ing the mi­crob­lad­ing, and how much ex­pe­ri­ence they have.

Com­mis­sion­ers didn’t have a prob­lem with ap­prov­ing the change to the or­di­nance, vot­ing unan­i­mously as a group dur­ing their July 9 ses­sion.

Fann said the tat­too in­dus­try, where it once had a neg­a­tive per­cep­tion had grown over the years to be­come more main­stream, and with pro­ce­dures like mi­crob­lad­ing be­ing reg­u­lated un­der state code gov­ern­ing tat­too par­lors, up­dat­ing the or­di­nance to al­low mi­crob­lad­ing was just one way to pro­mote newer tech­niques.

Along with lan­guage speFL¿F WR UHJXODWLQJ PLFURblad­ing, the or­di­nance up­date also un­der­took to change zon­ing pro­ce­dures for tat­too par­lors and for any­one want­ing to open shops in a C-1 com­mer­cial zone.

/ Kevin Myrick

Com­mis­sion­ers raised their hands in ap­proval of changes to the tat­too or­di­nance in Cedar­town, which al­lows for changes in state law reg­u­lat­ing mi­crob­lad­ing.

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