Savage Tattoo owner Grace Crossland.
Savage Tattoo owner Grace Crossland. Simon Young BUNCHI

Tattoo parlour says bikie laws will push industry underground

NEW Queensland laws targeting the connection between the tattoo industry and outlaw motorcycle gangs will push the tattoo industry underground and encourage backyard jobs, according to local tattoo artists.

Childers business owner Grace Crossland, of Savage Tattoo, raised concerns over the Queensland Tattoo Parlours Bill 2013, which was passed this month.

She said the introduction of a licensing regime for tattoo parlours and artists meant tattoo shop owners now had to screen clients and their tattoos would be photographed and filed with the government.

Ms Crossland said it would deter clients from getting a tattoo done professionally, which would "push the industry underground".

She said it would result in sub-standard backyard jobs.

"It's victimisation. They are creating fear amongst society," she said.

"They've just decided they're going to target this industry. What's next?"

A tattoo artists who did not want to be named said it wasn't just about tattooing, it was about civil liberties.

"We're not connected to any bikies so it doesn't matter to us, but the whole thing is you've got to submit to all these things," he said.

"The tattoo shop owner has to supply finger prints, palm prints, all sorts of information and all for what?"

The Attorney-General rejected Ms Crossland's claims, stating she was "misinformed".

Mr Bleijie said the Act did not require tattoos to be photographed or for clients to be screened.

"The Tattoo Parlours Act 2013 requires a license holder keep a tattoo procedures log," Mr Bleijie said.

"The log requires the date on which a procedure is performed, the name and license number of the artist, the amount charged for the tattoo, the method of payment and the receipt number."

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