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Rogue tattoo parlours will be ‘struck off’

Three world-class tattooists are demonstrating their skills at a festival hosted by Keith Butcher at the Dragon's Den tattoo parlour on Coronation Street in Blackpool.
Tattooist Przemyslaw Malachowski working on Kyle Thomson's back piece.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
8-4-2014

Three world-class tattooists are demonstrating their skills at a festival hosted by Keith Butcher at the Dragon's Den tattoo parlour on Coronation Street in Blackpool. Tattooist Przemyslaw Malachowski working on Kyle Thomson's back piece. PIC BY ROB LOCK 8-4-2014

Town hall chiefs are to publish a list of approved tattooists in a bid to clamp down on illegal operators.

Officers are responding to increased concerns including some from members of the public, particularly about the tattooing of children, as the practice becomes more commonplace and popular.

Legally people have to be aged at least 18 to have a tattoo.

Now Blackpool Council is looking to work with the industry to introduce a voluntary code of practice.

The method of appraisal of businesses is still being worked on, however the council intends to publish a list of approved tattooists who comply with regulations.

It will recommend that anyone considering having a tattoo should use only approved premises.

Any premises on the list which are found to be failing to comply will be struck off.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for public safety, said: “The tattooing of children is unacceptable and, as we’ve said previously, we would like to see stronger penalties and, if necessary, a change in legislation to heighten punishments.

“Regulation is very important for the protection of children and for public safety.

“We are working with the industry at present to try to create new proposals and will be able to make a further announcement soon.”

The scheme will also be applied to piercers. Anyone with any concerns about a Blackpool tattooist can call the council on (01253) 478315.

 

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