Unformatted text preview: s current minimal level of
government regulation. Given the mushrooming of this
niche industry, we recommend a larger degree of
standardisation targeted at marrying the standards of
O, P and S. Setting a legal minimum age which
businesses must adhere to will help dispel society’s
increasing worries on immature youth making
With reference to the stakeholder model, an
unhappy society could attract extensive and, possibly,
excessive government regulation. Hence, it is more
41 Refer to Appendix C2 Q7
Refer to Appendix C2 Q9 beneficial for the industry players, especially the
prominent firms, to proactively set guidelines which all
firms in the industry must follow. Firms could consider
tying up with the Ministry of Health to place a health
advisory in every tattoo parlour, providing customers
with on-hand information and clearing doubts
regarding the tattooing process. Not only would this
earn a greater sense of customer assurance, industry
standards would also be raised.
These recommendations are mere guidelines.
One must recognise that O, P and S each have their
own interests and clout, making it difficult to close the
performance-expectations gap. In the dilemma
between survival and ethics, firms may not want or be
able to take these steps to bridge the gap between
practices and expectations. On the other hand,
stakeholders may be excessively demanding in their
ideal business standards which are not practical in the
real world. Conclusion
In recent years, the tattoo industry has grown from
strength to strength. However, tattoos still invoke
negative connotations in our relatively conservative
Asian context. We learnt this firsthand upon
experimenting with temporary tattoos – peers and
family labelled us “Ah Lian”, “Ah Beng”, while the
general public often glared wide-eyed at our body art.
Tattoo parlours have been catering to a very niche
market for decades, with no strong opposition to
business practices. Possibly, firms are aware that they
are constantly moving into larger social settings with
changing environmental influences. We see that
businesses have consistently taken note of changing
societal expectations and thus self-regulate to bring
their standards closer to the prevailing norms of
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