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Want a free tat? Go to prison!

By johnboy - 26 November 2011 25

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The Canberra Times has an intriguing piece on musings by the Chief Minister on introducing a “safe tattooing” service to the prison, possibly as a reward for good behaviour, to reduce blood bourne infections.

If being covered in tats is once again a prison thing will this reduce their fashion appeal in wider society?

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Want a free tat? Go to prison!
I-filed 9:20 pm 27 Nov 11

Deref said :

Waiting For Godot said :

Free internet, free gym membership, free tattoos, where do I sign up?

Yep. This is getting out of hand.

And a Chief Minister who regularly advocates on behalf of hard drug users and people who flout the laws of the Territory! What’s not to attract more low-life druggie crims to the ACT?

Deref 10:47 am 27 Nov 11

Waiting For Godot said :

Free internet, free gym membership, free tattoos, where do I sign up?

Yep. This is getting out of hand.

Waiting For Godot 9:02 am 27 Nov 11

Free internet, free gym membership, free tattoos, where do I sign up?

James_Ryan 8:55 am 27 Nov 11

whitelaughter said :

After katy’s attempt to arm inmates with fresh needles, I can’t see her going along with it though.

I don’t agree with your first sentence’s portrayal of NSP. Regardless, an NSP in AMC is now very unlikely and the government will need to put something on the table instead. Odds-on this proposed tattooing service is that something.

whitelaughter 1:14 am 27 Nov 11

Henry82 said :

I-filed said :

I am so totally in favour of this. …Get the inmates tattoo-ed, make sure the tatts are large and are on an exposed part of the body, map the tatts in a database with the prisoner’s ID details, and the police will be very pleased..

+1 i think it’s rather clever

+2 This would actually be useful.

After katy’s attempt to arm inmates with fresh needles, I can’t see her going along with it though.

Would it kill our politicians to actually ask the prison guards/nurses/chaplains etc what needs to be done? rather than just condemning them for not being starry eyed romantics?

James_Ryan 11:34 pm 26 Nov 11

This signals the death of moves to introduce a prison-based needle exchange.

breda 10:21 pm 26 Nov 11

Great idea! That is, if the (cough) service providers did not get their establishments firebombed by commercial competitors in the interim.

I would love to see a list of ‘preferred providers’ for tendering on tattoo services.The probity checks should be a lot of fun. ‘Skull’ attests that his mate ‘Donger’ is a chap of the highest character. And if they don’t believe it, they can always ask ‘Cracko’ or ‘Fungus’, or perhaps the wealthy property owner who is the president of the MCC.

Brilliant.

Henry82 5:03 pm 26 Nov 11

I-filed said :

I am so totally in favour of this. …Get the inmates tattoo-ed, make sure the tatts are large and are on an exposed part of the body, map the tatts in a database with the prisoner’s ID details, and the police will be very pleased..

+1 i think it’s rather clever

Stevian 4:15 pm 26 Nov 11

It’s unlikely that it being part of prison culture would reduce a tattoos appeal. After all the “dacks at your knees, jocks at your armpits” look that is still so improbably popular originated in prison

alaninoz 4:00 pm 26 Nov 11

creative_canberran said :

Kinda wish people would stop being cynical about measures to stop infection. Guess who pays for the expensive health care and medication if they do get sick?

I admit my first sentence was facetious, but my second sentence doesn’t preclude infection control measures. Infection control shouldn’t be the main, or only, effort though.

I-filed 3:13 pm 26 Nov 11

creative_canberran said :

Kinda wish people would stop being cynical about measures to stop infection. Guess who pays for the expensive health care and medication if they do get sick?

It’s OK – they tend to die young.

creative_canberran 3:01 pm 26 Nov 11

Kinda wish people would stop being cynical about measures to stop infection. Guess who pays for the expensive health care and medication if they do get sick?

alaninoz 2:32 pm 26 Nov 11

Mix dope with the ink and get a tattoo and a hit with a safe needle – two birds with one stone(d)!

How about getting serious about stopping both the drugs and the tattoo guns?

Pork Hunt 2:16 pm 26 Nov 11

Will the money be coming from the public artworks budget?

I-filed 11:43 am 26 Nov 11

I am so totally in favour of this. Clever Katie – and straight out of the Third Reich!

Get the inmates tattoo-ed, make sure the tatts are large and are on an exposed part of the body, map the tatts in a database with the prisoner’s ID details, and the police will be very pleased.

Are there any nano-gps devices that could be implanted along with the ink? Better still …

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