The state of Washington has taken initiative to stiffen laws surrounding the tattooing and piercing industry. The government passed a regulation that forces tattoo artists to become licensed by the state. This comes on the wake of many states in the US taking action towards tougher laws. Some have deployed mandates that force parental permission, while some workplaces have been telling employees to hide visible tattoos. The Seattle Times said, "Body art, body piercing, and tattooing are not currently regulated in Washington state. Under the new law, people and businesses which pierce or tattoo would need a license. The measure also requires the state Health Department to adopt rules about the sterilization of needles and other instruments and jewelry used in body piercing or body art, which includes the use of branding and scarification." But even with all these regulations the tattoo industry is still booming, as is the removal field.