Is the APT changing your Tattoo Regulations?

Here they come, and they’re telling us they’re coming.

Mike Martin VP, from the “Alliance of Professional Tattooists” has published an official APT statement in the Nov, 2011 #114 issue of Pain Magazine.
First off, Unless Mr Martin is talking about those Tattooers working off their kitchen table, or their Convention Tables. Mr. Martin’s innuendo that Tattooing is a high risk environment, is an exaggeration, is misleading and harmful to the Profession of Tattooing.

If Professional Tattooing is High Risk, then how do you classify home style tattooing and the risk associated with traveling Gypsies? The Compliance of Health Department Regulations reduces the actual risk to Minor Level. That is why it is so important to comply with reasonable regulations. Compliance reduces the risk to a low risk/manageable level.

Professional Tattooing is low risk. Professional Piercing is high risk that is not related to professional tattooing in any way. For Mr. Martin to discuss professional tattooing as though it is high risk, is dangerous to the tattoo profession, and irresponsible as a Professional Tattoo Association Leader.
This is carless rhetoric.
If Education is APT’s main objective, they need to state the facts, not innuendos.

The regulations he mentions about professional Piercers now being required by the Missouri Health regulations, to be a Member of a Private Association aka- the APP, that was put on the regulations more than ten years ago, but is just now being enforced, is indeed, regulation trickery.

If public enforcement of the regulations have not been needed thus far, and have not been enforced until now, the regulations are most likely unconstitutional. And will be reexamined, you can bet your tattoo machine on it.

Mr Martin seems to imply, that because the Missouri Piercers overlooked the installation of those Regulations, those regulations are now deserved, and somehow, ten years after the fact, become valid.

This is a very good example of why the writing of GOOD public regulations do not include mandates from Private corporations and Private Associations like the APP or the APT.

I have witnessed this my self. The APT regulations are designed to take away your right(s) to self regulation. Mr Martin is absolutely right when he says if we don’t watch our local Health Dept. regulations a little closer, you can bet on the APT being involved in the regulation rewrite the next time your local regulations are updated.
With Mr Martin’s notice being given, We better watch our Professional Associations involvement in our local Health Departments.
I am referring to the statement published in Pain Magazine were Mr Martin says the APT is working with Missouri and several other States on writing regulations that are going to require that Professional Tattooers become Members of the Alliance of Professional Tattooing in order to stay recognized as a Professional.

Did you catch that. Mr. Martin said the APT is a good thing for most of us, but not all of us.

My words; Some of us are not “JOINERS” for a very good reason.

He said it is fine for us none “joiners”, not to be involved. But his real message is; If you don’t like what were are doing, to bad, because, if you don’t protect yourself and your Profession and if you don’t get involved and stop us from influencing your Health Dept., We (the APT) are going to take over the rewrite of those regulations and make you become a APT Member if you want to remain a Professional.

He said If you don’t like surprises, or political trickery, get involved. In other words if you don’t join us voluntarily, you’ll join us through our coercion of your local Health Dept. regulations.

I have pointed out this agenda of the APT many times. Several years ago when I had a Studio in Reno, and a Health permit in Washoe County , Nv. The APT had a Representative, that was not a local Tattooer, come to a Health Department meeting and try to influence the Washoe Co. HD to require our participation/membership in the APT Association, and to require local tattooers to abide by the APT Regulations.
It was good that we already had a good working relationship with our local Health Dept. Authorities at the Washoe Co. Health Department, It was also good that the Washoe Co. HD Authorities were smart enough to see through the APT smoke screen, and not listen to that APT Representative. They sent him packing after we reveled the APT’s real objectives.

I have pointed out this mounting problem to the Tattoo Profession several times. Unfortunately, the Editors of the trade magazines won’t publish this information. As a matter of fact, these Editors are actually enabling the leaders of The APT, and giving them the ability to over whelms the Tattoo Profession by not publishing contradictory opinions.

These Editors seem to be Traitors to the Tattoo Profession. Ask Pain Editor, R. Cantu why he won’t publish this (my) letter(s).
I have sent R. Cantu a copy of this letter. Pain Magazine Management knows what I am saying. They just won’t let me talk. Neither will Tattoo Magazine, International Tattoo Magazine, Prick Magazine, Skin and Ink. They are all afraid to publish counter opinions.

Here is what Professional Tattooers need to know.

The APT association, under this type of leadership, is a man made cancer in The Tattoo Profession. True to the profession Professionals should not support the APT organization as it is currently being managed.

They are not doing what you think, they are not trying to inspire the art of tattooing.
They are trying to Control the profession and Promote the Elite.
Their entire agenda seems to be to defeat the independent tattooer, using the Local and State Health Department regulations to do it.

This is a dangerous situation for the entire Tattoo Profession. If we allow our local Health Departments to be used as Pawns, and we (professionals) allow the local Health Departments to adopt regulations that will allow a Private Association (the APT) the right to regulate the public activity of tattooing and free speech, we are in for a serious change in how professional tattooing is regulated. The cost to be a professional will greatly increase.

This is not the best or most right method of getting rid of the competition. There are other, more effective methods. It starts with better Association Leadership.

If we allow the APT to instigate the rewrite of our local regulations, a serious uptick in underground Tattooers and underground studios will continue to take place. We already have a serious up tick in traveling Gypsy following the Con-man-vention circuit. See read Tattoo Hostels and see for your self the details that are starting to come out.

This “Controlling Disease” has been growing in the APT for several years. If we (Professionals) allow for these enhanced regulations to be implemented locally, as suggested by the Leaders of APT, the Tattoo Profession is in risk to suffer irreparable harm.

Limiting the competition through the Health Department Regulations is very unprofessional.
This type of rhetoric from the Leaders of the APT is no different from, and is actually the same as one Studio owner calling the local Health Department on the Shop down the street in an attempt to regulate them out of business.
This is very dangerous. Some areas/cities will regress back to a time where public/professional tattooing will be banned. Not just banned to the industrial area of town, but banned entirely from city limits.

The manipulations of local H-Departments by the APTis absolutely unprofessional behavior by a a poorly managed Professional Association. The entire Tattoo Profession needs to take this leadership of the APT seriously. If the APT regulations are adopted anywhere in the USA, we will all suffer serious repercussions.

If you are a Professional, Stand up for self regulation of the Tattoo Profession. PROFESSIONAL TATTOOING IS NOT DANGEROUS. We do not need more regulations than is in place currently.

We do not need an APT Nanny.

If you are a Professional, talk to your Local Health Department Agent and help them understand the difference between the Real and the imagined risks of the Tattoo Profession.

Do not support this attempt by the Leadership of the Alliance of Professional Tattoo Association, at regulating Your (professional) Future.
APT does not need to be involved in the actual operation of, or writing of reasonable regulations.

This is a serious situation for the Tattoo Profession. We need to get together and discuss these types of facts and details. The real Truth needs to be told and commonsense needs to be understood by the Leaders of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, and the rest of the Profession.

If there is any real value of the APT sponsoring a Convention, It would be to address the Problems plaguing the Profession. A Sit Down Round Table Discussion would do the Tattoo Profession tremendous good.
If you are a Member of the APT, or a NTA Member tell your Association Representative the Profession wants a round table discussion, open to all professionals, to address these profession wide Problems.

Here is the opportunity to help the Tattoo Profession both the the APT and the NTA has been looking for.

Provide the Education without the Domination.

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Conventions- good conditions vs bad

One of the most important aspects of a well run convention is wether or not the convention is set up to promote the art of TATTOOING, or wether it was set up to promote the ART of tattooing

If the event is geared for the promotion of the tattooers that are tattooing at the convention, the convention is not for the promotion of the art, it is a job Fair for gypsies.
It is a job fair that promotes the art of money making. ( being able to work on 6-8 hr tattoos and make 3 times their normal fee is pure corporate greed)
This type of event harms, not only the local market, but the entire profession. But in different ways.

If the event promotes already completed tattoo work and the Artist that did it, then the event promotes the ART of tattooing and all the ARTISTS will benefit as much as the event organizer will, with out harming the local tattooers or their market.
The local Tattooers are not harmed when local events promote already completed work, rather than the tattooing skills of traveling gypsies.

When a Convention comes to your area and promotes the Local Artists and THEIR work. And only -Allows- out the area Tattooers to SHOW their work, rather than come in and take over the local clients, the entire Profession will grow.

But the way it currently is, only the Con-man-vention Organizers and the Gypsies that support those events, benefit. And they are setting low standards that are going to have a very negative effect on Professional Tattooing for a long time if things don’t change soon.

When the traveling Tattooers are promoted, only the Gypsies work. And the art becomes simple, unimpressive and the promotes beginners.

This opens the door to the unethical Con-vention organizers and the traveling Gypsies to be able to work under the table through organizing and supporting these events.

When the ART is promoted and protected, everyone works, everyone wins. Even the gypsies can work when it is fair, and the pursuit of money is not the driving force.

When the gypsies and Con-men control the profession we all lose. When artist control the Profession the Artists and Craftsmen win.

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Letter to; Bob Tyrrell, Jeff Gougé, Shawn Barber, Chris Dingwell and Durb,

Dear Bob Tyrrell, Jeff Gougé, Shawn Barber, Chris Dingwell and Durb,
You Guys are getting more arrangant every Con-vention.

I recently read a blog from Big Gus,
he was proud to have been invited to attend a seminar at Paradise Tattoo Gathering.

Gus said “I headed down to do the opening discussion panel with some great guys, Bob Tyrrell, Jeff Gougé, Shawn Barber, Chris Dingwell and Durb. It was based on ‘What It Takes’ to be an artist at our level. Hmmm… Our level? I just love to draw all the time! But the panel turned out great.”

My words; I don’t want to be the party pooper, but I am already Hated Worldwide (ask Henky Panky about that), but I am tired of the “Best Tattooers in the World” being so arrogant and out right disrespectful to the other Professional Colleagues.

I am going to set You Guys straight right here and now.
You guys are not the best at anything you are doing, good, but not the best. Look at your work, some of it is over black or over deatailed and incomplete.
There are plenty of other Tattoo Artists out there doing just as good, sometimes better work than you, they just don’t brag so much, and they stay home working on their local Clients rather than going town to town working at Gypsy Rates on poor people that can’t afford to come to you. For you guys to start a piece to big to finish, and then walk away bragging about it, is not only totally disrepectfull to your Client, but also to Professional Standards.

Let me tell you what you gypsies are really doing. You are setting a very poor example for the want-a-bee tattooers, you make it very easy for the scratchers, street shop tattooers and other Gypsies to follow your talent and skills by going from place to place doing 6-8 hour portraits and 20 hour chest pieces.
20 hours on a Chest piece is a good start, but not a good finish. If you can start and finish a chest piece in twenty hours, your artistic stands need to be raised. A 20 hour chest piece that is done on a guy that lives 3000 miles away from the tattooers shop is despicable, and should not be done on such a casual basis. Know your limits and what is good for everyone, not just yourself.

This type of example of your work skills is not a good example of high end skills of the highly skilled Tattooers. It is an example of mid level skills of good tattooers, designed to impress the lower skilled craftsmen. More and more (gypsy) Tattooers like your self, are able to do 20 hour tattoos. The standards of a well done tattoo is not very high, and dropping more every year.

You guys are the Leaders of low skilled tattooers, scratchers and traveling Gypsies. Thanks to you guys, nowadays, everyone setting at the kitchen table can do a good 6-8 hour portrait Tattoo. You have taught them well.
Now go home and do some truly impressive tattooing, then support a convention by showing your already completed work, not you tattooing skills. We already know you’re good.

The challenge I am making you Guys, is to see if you can stay home, or, in one place long enough to do a large Tattoo, working on it until it is actually finished to your -real- skill level. Then bring the piece to the Best Convention designed to promote tattoos, (not tattooing), and show off your already completed piece.

Support Professional Tattooing – Buy Professional – Buy Local

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Seminar will help local Tattooers understand

Dear Colleagues,
If you are a NTA Member, please send Flo a message that you would like to hear my Seminar.
Thank you, see you in Cincinnati.
Kelly Miller

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What’s your Faith
Pass this Test and you could Christian.
Book Of Kelly; 9-16-11
Copyright 2011 Kelly Miller all rights reserved

When I walk with Him, My skin, will be as pure as His.

The Book of Revelations 19:11-16 tells us that Jesus was a marked man. It happened at the Last Supper. I wasn’t actually there but I know what happened, because I believe the dudes that were there. As the meal was being prepared, Jesus, Mary and the 12 Disciples where contemplating what was about to happen to Jesus when the Romans took Him to the Cross. Every one knew there would be kayos and turmoil and that bodies would be mutilated and desecrated beyond recognition.

While this discussion was going on Mary Mixed a solution of charcoal and red wine to the consistence of Blood. Being that Mary was a woman of the modern times and very street wise, with the anticipation of this event, earlier in the day Mary had gone to a nearby river bank and collected a few canes of Bamboo and a pot of water. She knew that splintered bamboo made the best sewing needles of the time and would make a good needle to sew Jehovah’s name onto the robe he would wear to his crucifixion. As the discussion progressed and the meal prepared, Jehovah’s robe was washed and his name sewn into the boarder.

The meal was wonderful and everyone was pleased with the plans as they were agreed on to recover the body of Jesus body when the Crucifixion ritual was over. As the meal was served, they rejoiced, and the camaraderie was celebrated. As the meal progressed, and the table was cleared, wine began flowing and every one relaxed and continued to celebrate.

After the table was cleared and a new cloth and pillow was put in place, Jesus laid down and exposed his upper thigh. The Tattools and pigment Mary had gathered and mixed earlier were brought to the table. His skin was cleaned with white wine and clean water.

The Bamboo was blessed before being splintered into a shard more than a foot long. A sheath of Fine Purple Silk was tightly wrapped around the length of the needle, then wrapped seven times with seven layers with pure white silk thread, one half stone, from the sharp end of the Tattool needle. The Silk thread let the pigment flow evenly to the sharp end of the needle, and until His name was completely written, on his upper thigh, meaning King of Kings – Lord of Lords.

To recognize His body after the carnage, the name on his thigh, and their word, was the guarantee by all but one of his Brothers and of Mary, that It was true,
the – Body of Jesus – was placed into the Tomb of the Resurrection.

Three days later when Christ rose and walked the earth the Second time,
Christianity was Born.

To Witness this mark, validates the Art of Tattoo.

And through the Faith of the Tattoo we all walk the walk of the
King of Kings – Lord of Lords

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Tattoo Gypsies – Draining the Blood out of the Tattoo Profession

Modern day Vampires are draining the life out of the Tattoo profession. Hundreds of blood money hungry Gypsies are going to converge on a town (maybe your town), and drain the life from your clients and friends through the Blood Money they make/take at these TATTOO JOB FAIR events that are being clocked in the name of Professional Tattoo Conventions.

These Conventioneers design their BLOOD for MONEY Event so the maximum damage is done to the local market. In other words the con-ventions are designed so the Gypsies and Con men make/take the most money possible from the area, with no regard to the financial, opportunity and advertising loss to the local Professionals.

Gypsies have never shown concern for the welfare of local people, it is their greed and disrespectful attitude that makes a gypsy a gypsy. Always has been always will be, Gypsies are Gypsies. If that comment makes you mad, you are probably one of them.

I have talked with a hell of a lot of Convention Organizers and they all have the same response. None show any respect for the Local Professionals. Ya, they sound respectful to the tattooers when they are talking to YOUR face about booth space, but when I talk to them about the same thing, they have an entirely different response.

Believe me, most Conmenvention Organizers have very little respect for the local Professional Tattooers or the local Enthusiasts. Their interest is in the money. These Con men are only interested in taking over yours, mine, and every one elses business opportunities that we spend the rest of the year nurturing.
Almost every Convention organizer I have talked with makes a mockery about the situation and then moves right into an new city and over whelms the most vulnerable markets.

I can name a Hundred examples, but The Salt Lake Tattoo Convention Organized by Cj Starkey, Flaco Productions, is a perfect example of the convention organizers that have Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Already Invested in taking money out of the your local areas and ruining the advertisement opportunities for local Tattooers where these Job Fairs for Gypsies are scheduled to be.
Starkey, for example will devalue your art work by using unauthorized art work for the promotion of his Salt Lake City event.Go to and see for yourself. The Flaco Produced Salt Lake Tattoo Con-vention has been stealing copyrights from artist since the beginning of their event. Even when asked to remove the unauthorized photographs, CJ Starkey refuses to recognize the artists personal property.

Each event will take out of the local tattoo market approximately $350-500.000 dollars, that’s a half a million dollars taken out of the legitimate market, that will not trickle down to the local Professional. All this money will leave town in the pockets of the Gypsies and Con-men. And that does not even include the value of the copyright infringements that happen at unscrupulous events.

If you’re an Enthusiast of Professional Tattooing and believe the convention circuit has over whelmed the market, you can help reduce maybe even eliminate the problem of the Gypsies and Con-men running the tattoo Profession and over whelming your local market by Joining a professional Association. There are several Professional association worthy of supporting, join them as soon as possible.
Support a – NOT FOR PROFIT – PROFESSIONAL TATTOO ASSOCIATION and help reestablish the Camaraderie and dignity that belongs to Professional Tattoo Artists and Craftsmen.
Support only those Tattoo Conventions that are Sponsored by a – not for profit, unbiased – Professional Associations.

Boycotting the Tattoo Con-men-vention Circuit for a couple of years is the next best thing you can do to help the tattoo Artist and Craftsmen regain control of our selves and OUR PROFESSION.

FYI; There are three basic types of conventions;
1 -Small local events put together by the local Tattooers. These localized events are the best for the area and the over all profession. These types of events draws people from out side the area to come into an area where they may not come too otherwise or often. This stimulates the local Market and most of the money, and advertisement and the experience generated stays local.
All of the tattoo work being done at these events, become the walking advertisements necessary for the local tattooers to build their reputations.
These types of Tattoo events can be very good for the local tattooers and the over all profession. These types of events contribute to healthy competition between local tattooers and keeps the Scratchers and Gypsies to a minimum.
Everything is good.

2 -The other type of Tattoo event that can be good for everyone, is something like the event the National Tattoo Association puts on. See Don’t get me wrong. I do not advocate for a “FAMILY” type association convention. I am advocating a Professional environment where Professional Camaraderie actually happens.
When the event is a not for profit and is advertised amongst professionals that are encouraged to bring several companions to the event to show off the tattoo work they have done through out the year, the money comes into the local area where the event is held and the local enthusiasts that get tattooed are diluted by all the outsiders that also get tattooed at these types of events. When the event is over, the local enthusiasts are stimulated and the local market thrives.
Everyone remains friends and the profession grows when the event is in another town the next time. When there are only two or three events per year the profession grows and the art work is impressive. And everyone travels to the show to see the artwork. The Gypsies are not the only people to benefit.

3 – The negative type of Private party JOB FAIR type of convention brings into the area a couple of hundred out of state Skilled semi-skilled tattooers. The Con-organizers then advertises to the local Enthusiasts and everyone else, that only the best Tattooers in the world are going to be there, and the best local Tattooers are usually blocked from participating.
This type of unscrupulous advertising sends a message to the local enthusiasts that the local tattoo talent is not as good as the out of town tattooers, when that is not necessarily true.
This type of hype from the Promoters divides the local professionals. This type of manipulation of the tattoo profession is an unfair business tactic used by con-men to control the Gypsies and overwhelm the local market and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for their pocket.

This tactic of overwhelming of the local talent creates an unfair business environment for the local Professionals and ruins the relationship the local tattooers have worked hard to build with the local Enthusiasts and other Professionals.

This type of Con-vention circuit is destroying the reputation of hundreds of tattooers every year that have spent their entire life Tattooing in their home towns and keeps the rest of the profession in a perpetual financial recession.

The Gypsies that are being encouraged to participate in these conmanvention probably do not understand the harm to the local economy, but then maybe they do, maybe they just don’t care. Either way these types of events leave turmoil and grief and never give back to the local environment What they take out.
If you’re a Gypsy that doesn’t understand the harm you are causing, well, understand you’re causing harm to the entire tattoo profession and stop supporting these types of events. If you need more help understanding the issues, please call me direct, I’ll be happy to talk with you.

These For Profit Tattoo related Events are actually JOB FAIRS that are designed to look like Professional Tattoo Conventions. They are not good for the Tattoo Profession and should be stopped as soon as possible. DO NOT SUPPORT ANY FOR PROFIT EVENTS.

Something is going to change for the better sooner or later. I am trying to help it happen sooner than later. I am asking you to help, me help you, help the Tattoo Profession move in a new and better direction.

Gypsies are to the Tattoo Profession, what Scratchers are to the Local Markets.
Gypsies are the new experienced Scratchers that travel from town to town working both sides of the street. They work your town over, then they go home and work their town over.

Join a Professional Tattoo Association
Support Local Tattooer Artists and Craftsmen.
Buy Professional – Buy Local

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Tattoos, and Controlling the infection of the Mouth

Dear Colleagues,
I have recently been asked to share a little more information on the problem the tattoo profession has been having for a long time. And that problem is the over stating of infection problems running rampant through out the profession, that do not actually exist.

This problem has been blamed on the selling of tattoo equipment over the counter to any one that wants it. And blamed on the Scratchers that wont/don’t try hard enough to become a good street shop tattooer. Let me tell you, the people taking the heat are not the problem.
There is not an Infection Problem. That is the problem, No problem really exists. Saying the sky is falling when it really isn’t is very stupid, and has hurt the advancement of modern tattooing techniques.

Let me tell you once and for all. Tattoo equipment sellers have never infected anyone. There is not any recognizable Problem with the selling of Tattools…. Grow the fuck up, Get over the fact that your competition can buy Tattools every where. Just do better tattoo work and shut up about infections unless you actually have one. If you have an infection, deal with it.

Infection sometime do happen to freshly tattooed skin. But if you actually know the truth about Blood born Pathogens, and you should know, you will know that infection that do accrue in a person that has been recently tattooed almost exclusively comes from the hygene of the tattooed, not the Tattooer, and especially the Manufacturer/Seller of the Tattools.

In my 30 years of experience, Scratchers do not cause infections any better or any more than professionals do. I would bet that 99% of all tattoo related infections come from the results of inadequate aftercare.
This may be attributed to poor advice from the Tattooer, but that is not the same as blaming the tattoo procedure or the Tattool equipment.

This is a letter I wrote to the Editor of Pain Magazine last year in response to a “Rants and Rave” article Published in the August 2010 issue of Pain Mag. See for more information and a look at the actual article. The article I am responding to, was originally written by Mace Arnold, who was at the time, was a (not very good) representative of Alliance of Professional Tattooing.

The following is unedited, and is in response to the article written by Mace Arnold.

Atten; Mace Arnold and J. Beck,
Re; Rants and Rave article, #99 pain magazine, Aug. 2010

You sure let the worms lose with the rants and rave Comments in issue #99 Aug 2010 by Mace Arnold , Representative for the Alliance of Professional Tattooist, and followed up with some real
thoughtful – thoughtless comments by J. Beck, North Carolina.
The comments by the APT Rep. Mace Arnold on Hepatitis C being spread around Kansas by the – “SCRATCHERS” – was unprofessional, irresponsible, and dereliction of his duty as a representative of the APT and a general Member of the Tattoo Profession. No true to the art professional tattooer should ever bring this much negative attention to the profession with out positive proof consisting of a name and date his allegation occurred. Show me the documented evidence that a Hepatitis C infection actually occurred, and was absolutely traced back to a specific tattooer, or a specific tattooing event.

I say this never happened, and that Mace Arnold is only blowing smoke up every ones ass, just like those other Bigshots did 10-11 years ago, saying the same crap. The people spuing the crap this time, just like last time are just trying to make a bigger deal out of the selling of tattoo equipment than it really is. I say all these rumormongers are really just afraid of the up coming competition. Even if someone did contact Hep C in Kansas, we still need to see the positive proof to make these comments legitimate, including the prosecution results of the tattooer at fault.

Tell me, Mr. Arnold and J. Beck. Besides the operation expense and the permit requirements. Just what is the difference between a “scratcher”, and a tattooer working out of a street shop? NOTHING, is the correct answer. They are both trying to tattoo for fun or money, or both, just like you. Well wait a second, there is several minor differences.

The Street-Shop tattooers I know are arrogant and narrow minded. They are totally afraid to learn anything new, and generally tend to be very limited on imagination and drive, so, generally speaking street shops operators don’t contribute much to the improvement of the profession.

On the other hand; Through my experience selling equipment to all types of people interested in tattooing, I have found it is more likely that the dedicated scratcher that is buying my state of the art equipment is more artistically inclined, and willing to learn new to the industry techniques. Techniques that the common street-shop tattooers (or old timers) don’t have the drive to learn.
So, in my experience, those scratchers you guys are complaining about are the next generation tattoo Masters. And I am sorry to say to you Mr Mace Arnold, you are not a “Master Tattooer,” under any stretch of the word you are not a master. But the people that I have been teaching how to tattoo with my tattool equipment are the new to the industry leaders and next generation Masters. You just wait and see.

If J Beck is talking about the street shops that sell import equipment to both scratchers and other cheap street-shop operators, being responsible for some of the street shop quality work walking the streets, I couldn’t agree with him more.
And when machine manufacturers whose machines sell for several hundred dollars more than the imports, because of high quality craftsmanship and/or present technical abilities other machine can’t provide are not allowed to show their style of equipment at tattoo conventions because some BIG name Tattoo equipment importer has a monopoly on the convention floor, makes it so only the cheap imports are available to the cheap people that buy them.
Cheap is what cheap does. Sell cheap machines and you get cheap work. Cheap Con-men run conventions that allow cheap imports to be sold is one of the biggest problems with all of the con-men running the convention circuit. Mr J Beck is right on this one. Cheap machines should not be sold at professional grade shops, or professional conventions, or any where else. But you, Mr J Beck shouldn’t lump all equipment manufacturers/sellers in the same category as the cheap imports trouble makers. If you do, you won’t see any new techniques, ever, and you’ll prove to be just another cheap impostor like so many others..

And, Not all working tattooers, not working in a licensed shop are bums. Even part time professionals know how to sterilize their equipment and sanitize their work area. I actually know several part time tattooers that tattoo better than both you do. They work from their house and maintain the same type of work environment that you are supposed to keep. I don’t think working out of the house is good business practice and I certainly think they don’t respect the legitimate frame work of local commerce.
And I also don’t think a convention (somewhere) every week is good business for the local professionals, or the over all profession ether, and for the same reasons.

FYI; Con-men take about $500,000.00 out of your local market every convention, without having any local responsibilities. Scratchers and part time professionals never take this much money out of a local market per year, let alone per event.
Gypsies and Con-men of all types are bad for our business, and our way of life. I understand your frustrations Mr J Beck, any time there is disrespectful intruders, they suck, and cause legitimate business people grief.
But you must not let your frustrations over whelm your common sense, we still need to be able to stay legitimate for our own survival. Don’t bring more attention to our selves than is actually needed. Fight the real problems.

Another FYI; I sell equipment to everyone that wants my equipment. is an equal opportunity Supplier, and proud of it. And we are not cheap. We are doing everything we can to help advance real true to the art professional tattoo artists into the future. If I followed ether of you two Dudes advice and refused to sell to people of less experience than my self, I wouldn’t be selling any thing to ether of you, or any other new skool tattooer for that matter.

And further more Mr. J Beck; Every single tattoo supply company in America sells equipment and supplies to every skill level tattooer every day, on a whim. I think it would be very good for the rest of the profession if you actually did what you said you would do, when you said you would not patronize any supplier that sold to scratchers, do what you said you would do, Mr J Beck and quit buying supplies from any of the known suppliers. That way you will have to develop your own line of equipment, or you will have to quit tattooing, which is what I think is most appropriate. And please, J Beck, stop spreading vicious proofless rumors about people spreading infection(s). You are killing us all slowly.

If ether Mr. Arnold or Mr. J. Beck really wants to limit the actual number, or the quality of scratchers in their neighborhood, they should be talking to all of the flash sellers, traveling gypsies, and other con-men infecting the profession over the past 20 plus years. Not the equipment and machine manufactures.

If it weren’t for all the Jack Rudy’s (pieces of flash) on the market, the tattooer down the street from you may not be able to teach themselves what a basic tattoo should look like, or how to do it. And there would be no need for a machine. When Jack Rudy (or anyone else) sells your competition down the street a jackrudy (piece of flash), he is giving your competition a cheap $3.00 lesson in fifteen minutes.

And three attempts later your competition is as good at doing a Jackrudy as Jack Rudy is. Jack Rudy is now your competition. Jack is a damn good tattooer, that is why it is so imperative he not become your close competition, it’s only good business sense.
If, like you say you’re really a 15+ year old tattooer, you should be able to see the grief caused by the jackrudy (piece of flash) sold to the new shop owner that isn’t even a tattooer, that just hired all the first year fucks with a convention purchased import machine. This Dude (any dude) now has enough jackrudys on the wall to compete with all of the established shops and artists that have developed the local area into a respectable area to be tattooed. Both of YOU might be either of these two groups of people. I don’t know.
It is all of the gypsies selling flash, and the self appointed leaders like your self, spuing bullshit, that are the real PROBLEMS in the profession. In the past, most of these problem people were “one and the same”, but, nowadays and with all the internet flash selling going on, there seems to be a separation forming of the people causing the professions grief. We’ll just have to wait and see, but it shouldn’t take to long.

Let me bring you up to date on the situation, with a few facts that I know you are not aware of;
Tattooers Jack Rudy and Gill Montie, and Bob Baxter former Editor of Skin & Ink Magazine held a -private – debate one day in late 1998, and nobody else from the profession was allowed to talk or participate.
Baxter then published an article in the January 1999 issue of Skin & Ink titled,- The Great Supplier Debate. The article was on the merits of selling tattoo equipment to the same type of people Mace Arnold and J Beck condemns.

Both Jack and Gill ( and a lot of their followers) was screaming out loud that scratchers were spreading all kinds of communicable diseases. And that the only way to stop the spread of Hep C and AIDs, was to blame the spread of disease on the selling of equipment. Same story different big mouth(s).

Bob Baxter had an opportunity to save the day and bring this bullshit to a head, and let the rest of the profession in on the problem, and the solution. But Bob was in bed with the screamers, and didn’t have the balls to break away from the click. He was to limp (weak) to do the right thing and support the professional artists. Even though he was very much aware of the grief he was letting happen, and in some cases was actually and knowingly contributing too.

Well, let me tell you what the results of all their screaming was. The local Health Departments all over the country heard what Jack and Gill and the others were saying. And because these two guys were supposed to be the highly respected leaders of the tattoo profession, the health department listened, intently. (You can bet they’re doing the same thing right now).

The Health Departments everywhere started rewriting the local health regulation trying to combat the scourge that Jack and Gill was saying was infecting the tattoo profession. Before Jack and Gill started spruing this bullshit, California did not even have regulations for tattooing. Not that regulations are a bad thing. But after the publication of the great supplier debate published by Skin & Ink, it didn’t take long before it became a Felony, that’s right, a Felony to tattoo in Los Angles County without a permit.
But, after the LA County Health Dept. was asked by the United Tattoo Artists Association to prove what was being said about the dangers of tattooing, the (felony) law was repelled after it became known that there was no (provable) transmission of Hepatitis C or AIDs known to have occurred in Los Angeles County by any tattooer or related event. But, initially the (felony) law was passed on the rumors and hearsay, published in various tattoo trade magazines, particularly in Skin and Inks great supplier debate.
The damage to the profession was done. From that point on every legitimate tattooer every where in the USA has had to deal with an increase in local regulations, and the reputation of the profession to police our selves has been lost for good. The future of the Respectable Profession of Tattooing is compromised every time someone says this type of stupid crap, especially if the person saying this shit, claims to be a Leader in a Professional Association like the Alliance of Professional Tattooers.

I have been aware of the APT since their inception, this type of irresponsible talk, is just another example of a Member of the APT who’s activity enforces my belief that this association (APT) should not be supported by any professional tattooer, young or old. And every tattoo artist whose health Department is revamping the regulation should beware that the APT can become involved in the rewriting of your regulations, even if you’re not aware.It happend to us in Reno.

I say, all true to the art professionals should boycott the up coming APT Convention on the grounds they do not have the best interest in the advancement of the ARTISTS in mind. The motive of the APT seems to be the empowerment of the Association and their Representatives, with a divide and conquer agenda to be the reason for their existence. Not the advancement of ether the Art of tattooing, or the art of Tattooing.

I say Mr. Mace Arnold and J Beck should rethink their position and correct it quickly. Otherwise I think we, the true to the art professionals, should prepare for another overhaul of our Health Regulation.

If these Dudes don’t retract their comments they should be banned from making public comments in all respectable trade magazines.

Please Boycott all APT conventions and help send a message that this kind of talk and rhetoric, and their attitude towards up coming tattooers and machine manufacturers is way out of line and unprofessional in every way.

Thanks for reading this commentary.
Kelly Miller
President – UTAA
Interesting foot notes;
And get this; All the time Jack and Gill and a lot of other gypsies were screaming about the selling of tattoo equipment, they were selling their snake oil (tattoo flash) to the same people they were crying about getting equipment. Who in the fuck sells a jackrudy (piece of flash) to anyone, and then doesn’t expect it to be used by someone to teach themselves how
to tattoo?
And Second; Are all these flash sellers so stupid that they don’t realize these flash buyers need a tattoo machine to do the design. Come on, these people aren’t that stupid, are they?

Another FYI; In the olden days before flash became commercial, flash was traded, or given away as a way to show respect to another tattoo artist. The exchange of artistic ideas was still very effective in helping spread the art around, all the while keeping your style private. It was also a natural way to limit who was able to get into the profession, and who was the respected artist, as the finest artist(s) of the time. Jack Rudy was that person at one time, but he blew it for every one, when he started selling his jackrudys (flash) at conventions.
In fact Jack Rudy has sold so much flash, we renamed “Tattoo Flash” after Jack, from this point
on a piece of common flash is to be known through the tattoo profession a “Jackrudy”, In his Honor, because We have also declared Jack
to be the King Gypsy. For now and ever more.

Raise the common standard of tattooing, Stop buying/selling flash, and the problem(s) solves them self.
Otherwise, learn to live with the problems the selling of flash has created.

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National Tattoo Association – Tattooer wants Seminar Time

Dear Brian, President National Tattoo Association.
And all My NTA Colleagues, Oct. 7, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I sent Flo a request that I be able to get my NTA Membership updated, and a Tattoo Booth and Seminar Time at the next convention in Cincinnati. I don’t know if you are aware of my request, but, because I have not received any response, I am asking you to look into the situation and see if you can help me get what I am requesting.
I don’t think I am being unreasonable in my request, your assistance will be appreciated very much and your courage to support me will be a welcome change to the other Members of the National Tattoo Association.

You can find a copy of my request titled; To all My National Tattoo Association Colleagues – Posted on my blog page at; I posted my letter here, asking the other NTA Members to speak up for me when I realized I wasn’t getting a response from the NTA Leadership.

At this point I don’t believe there is much hope that my request is granted, but I am asking you for a comment on the situation, so I know where I really stand with my opinions. The official National Tattoo Associations opinion on this situation (Gypsies and over population of Conventions) is very important. Knowing what the Official NTA opinion actually is will help develop the strategy needed so the true to the Profession Tattoo Artists can regain a little control of our Profession.

The tattoo profession started into a “Professional Recession” in 2003. Did you know Brian, that in 2003, 18% of all 18-25 year old people in the USA were being tattooed. By 2009, that number had dropped to 8%. That is over a 50% decline in popularity. This is an indication the Professional recession started long before the financial recession started.
The main cause of this decline in popularity in tattooing, is the over abundance of
Con-ventions and the Traveling Gypsies that support these events. Gypsies are to the tattoo profession, what Scratchers are to the local markets. The only way we are going to stop the greed of these people is to talk about it.

Please help me get Seminar time at the Convention in Cincinnati so we can get the situation turned around.

I have described 3 different types of Conventions. See these descriptions at and see for your self that I am not being critical of the National Tattoo Convention, I am actually trying to help you and the NTA become strong like you once was.
I can help if you guys would just let me!

The Tattoo Profession is in a perpetual “Professional” recession until we do something.
Don’t be afraid Brian, to help us do something to get our profession turned in a better direction.

Don’t be afraid, I’ll do all the talking, and you don’t have to agree. Just listen and then figure out what needs to be done. As a group of Professionals, the Members Of the National Tattoo Association deserve to hear this information. And they will, one way or the other. If we work together You, Me, and the National Tattoo Association will be the Leaders in the industry. Other wise the Gypsies will continue to Rule and Destroy.

Hated Worldwide, for a reason, just not the reason everyone believes.
Your Friend,
Kelly Miller

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Tattoo Hostels and the Damage being done

I just talked with a good friend of mine who knows, and had recently talked with one of the leading Gypsy in the SLC area. Let me introduce you to a few of the local Gypsies,

They are; Strap, Jock, Pud and Mofo.

Now don’t get me wrong, these Gypsies are not scratchers like the old school scratchers are. These people are the modern day Scratchers, these dudes are highly skilled, very accomplished Tattooers. They are not run of the mill street shop tattooers. (And they did not buy their Tattools from me).
They appear to be Professional in many ways, but their Business Ethics is way out of balance and they work by the creed of Gypsies. They take advantage of everyone that come their way. Their names have been changed to minimize the publicity they may get from this blog.

Mofo, is a transplanted gypsy, I don’t know where he is from but he is not from Utah, he is only in SLC for a short time, works cheap under the table at the iconic Hostel. Mofo needs to make some traveling money before he moves on to another Tattoo Hostel in the City where the next Con-man-vention is being help.

Pud, is a transplanted local dude who has no respect for any one that I know of. He berates every one in the area trying to make himself feel better. You know this guy, he’s an eccentric foreign made asshole that doesn’t want to help anyone, but wanted to be helped when he got it. He apprenticed at the prime local studio at the time but won’t admit it. He cares about nothing long term, he cares nothing about the harm his business ethics are causing the local market. His only interest, out side his own work, is helping his Gypsy brothers get to the next Con-man-vention.

Jock, is the quiet Guy, at least that is how I know him so far. But he is still a traveling gypsy that is supporting and participating in the con-man-vention and Gypsy circuit. He has no problem working real cheap while at home, and charging inflated prices when he’s working out of town skimming the cream from the local market wherever the con-man-ventions are held. Even though he is quiet, He lives by the creed of the Gypsies.

Strap, is the Guy that is holding everything together and thinks he is solid as a rock. He owns the joint, and the Business license for the Tattoo Hostel is in his name. He won’t tell us if anyone that works in his Hostel is licensed or even holds a Health Permit.
Strap, doesn’t want his Hostel, or the people that work there to listed in any Historical Registry, and actually demands to be anonymous, which, to his dismay is impossible. Being a Professional and being Anonymous, is much like Temporary and Tattoo. They’re are both oxymoron. Professional and Anonymous can’t happen both at the same time. The demand to remain Anonymous is a very good indication that these people are not Professionals in the true sense.
They are professional scratchers that do not want to be recognized in Public. In other words Gypsies that have very little respect for the rest of the Tattoo Profession.

The image is quickly forming, that Strap, and other Tattoo Hostel operators, are forming a tight net CLICK , much like other underground transportation railroads of the past. The Hostel Operators are in contact with other Tattoo Hostel Operators and Con-vention Organizers, they work together making the arraignments for the other travailing Mofo’s of the tattoo profession to get another place (hostel) to work under the table while they wait for the next Con-man-vention.

Not like at the Con-man-ventions, these Gypsies work cheap while at the Hostel. Even though these dudes can do nice work, and they know how to charge 2-3 times the local rate at the Con-man-ventions, they are happy to cut the local Tattooers throats, and do cheap single setting designs while at the hostel. This lowers the local professional standards to those of beginners and scratchers and helps keep the profession wages in perpetual state of recession.

And that is how they lower the standards everywhere. This has been going on for many years, we are just now putting all of the pieces together that forms the Picture of the State the Tattoo Profession is in. This needs to be stopped.

These Hostel operators and Con -Vention organizers have created an unfair business environment that effecting the entire Tattoo Profession, Not just here in the USA, but all around the world.

These guys say some stupid stuff, so I don’t know if they realize what they are doing or what the harm actually is that they are contributing too. But I must assume they do know and understand because they described to my friend too much detail of their operation for them not to understand what they are doing to the local tattoo communities where they live, and the communities where they go to pillage. These dudes are smart enough to know what they are doing.

My BIG question for the rest of the Tattoo Profession is. Are we smart enough to know how to shut these Gypsies down?

We have been in a perpetuate recession/depression for more than 8 years. It is time to do something about it. The only answer there is, is to Boycott these tattoo con-man-ventions. All of them for a couple of years.
Only support those Conventions that are not sponsored by for profit Corporations.

Only support Events that are Sponsored by NOT FOR PROFIT Professional sponsored Conventions. And only thoughs that have more than 80% local Tattoo Artists on the floor.

If you are an Tattoo Enthusiast thinking of getting a new tattoo, Please do not support any Tattoo Studio or Con-ventions that host or otherwise supports these traveling Gypsies. These traveling Gypsies and Con-man-ventions are killing the Tattoo Profession.

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General questions answered about jared Preslar push for tighter health controls

This post is forward from a comments found elsewhere, and is my response to a series of questions.

Hey Jim, Please tell me first, what is not sufficient with the current regs. and why they need to be changed.

Just because jared says we he is seeing an infection rate out of control does not mean it is so. He will need to prove his position in the health department meetings. Does he actually have that evidence? if so, Why have we not seen it before?

Improvements for no reason are not necessary improvements. According to the Constitution “The law” of the land cannot be more stringent than necessary. And cannot be made more stringent unless a just and obvious need is present. That is why a Impact Study must be done before any changes are actually made any way. All this crying is premature. Any way
My comments will be heard in the public meetings The Health Authority is required to hold. Jared won’t be able to hide from my comments there.

Improvements are not worthless, but sometime as in this case are not needed. The only improvement to the current regs I can see would be to require disposable tubes and tips, and health permit every tattooer like food service workers are.
But, having a regulation that would indorse my Plastic K Model Tubes, would go against what Jared is teaching Darrell and Christina, he says My professional quality (plastic-single use) Tattools are for Scratchers. He does not know what current professional quality tattools really are.
Jared talks out of both sides of his mouth and is a pathetic hypocrite.

I am trying to organize locally, so local professionals that have the best interest in the Profession are, in fact, in control of our local Profession. One person, like Jared Preslar cannot decide for the entire local profession, what our needs actually are. And he cannot be allowed to over run the locals, unchecked. All I am doing is checking his mud.

Because tattooing involves a free speech issue that does not apply to hair, massage, and many other personal services. It is a little more complicated than just that, but that is why the Board of Cosmetology does not want the responsibility of regulation the tattoo profession.

My 30 years experience should qualify for some credit. Until you see something I say or do that would discredit me, Believe me. Just ask more questions

Neither do I. I can articulate my entire tattoo profession philosophy with any intelligent person.The big problem with dealing with tattooers is. 95% of all professional tattooers cannot read very well or understand what they are reading. Tattooers are usually uneducated, unemployed, drop-outs when they get into the tattoo Profession, and it doesn’t get any better after that.
Ignorance and Disrespect is the most difficult thing I have to deal with getting my message out to the literate professionals that care. Finding tattooers that read and care, now that is a difficult circumstance to find.

Jared is trying to be the Leader of the people that cannot form a question, and is afraid of those that can.
Where I am trying to get the support of the intellectual Tattooers that can read and understand the danger of being over run by corporate greed. The real danger from Jared Preslar (and Cj Starkey, Flaco Productions) is the Gypsies they brings into the area.

Here is a question for every one. If health regulations are adopted to include a health permit for every professional tattooer working in Davis County, will Jared ask for a travelers exemption, that will give the green light to keep his gypsies working under the Table without a health permit or business license? That is my main point.
Understand that problem and you understand the entire problem.

After 20 con-ventions within 2 miles of one of my studios or my other. I can tell everyone with my absolute first hand experience, that Gypsies and Con-ventions generally ruin both the financial market the locals have worked hard to established. And the traveling Gypsies destroy the word of mouth advertising that normally follows the local market.


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Boycott all Tattoo Con-ventions and Job Fairs in Utah 2012

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Tattoo Profession- Public Notice

The problem exists because at this time in history there are so many gypsy tattooers traveling around the country, working under the table at international Job-Fairs, that are being disguised as professional conventions and gatherings, that they are both uncountable and unaccountable.

We find the situation the Tattoo Profession and Local Markets are in, demands the attention of the local Enthusiasts and Clients because the Gypsies and Con-man-ventions (Job fairs) are destroying local markets, and they need to be stopped.
And we can’t stop the Gypsies or the Con-men without the help of our Clients and local Enthusiasts.

On the surface it doesn’t look like much problem.
But these gypsies are working under the table, over charging our local Clients, or not charging them at all. Ether extreme causes unbalanced markets, and destroys word of mouth advertising for the local tattooers.

There are two types of Conventions.
The proper Convention brings into an area experienced Tattooers and their Clients to show off their accomplishments of completed work to the local Enthusiasts and Collectors, and other Professional Colleagues.
This Event is approximately 80% local Tattooers and 20% traveling Tattooers working the floor.
This event puts more emphasis in generating interest in the completed work that is there to show off, and the local tattooers working the floor, rather than the emphasis on making money for the Traveling tattooers.
This type of event also generates more local interest in famous Tattooers. This event generates money for all participating Tattooers working the floor not just the gypsies. And stimulates public interest in good tattooing for the local area long after the Convention is gone.

This type of event does not harm the local market by taking revenue, and word of mouth advertising, out of the local area.

The Wrong type of event, that quickly turns into a Con-vention is when the opposite happens. When more than 20% traveling Tattooer are allowed to occupy the con-vention floor, local tattoo markets start losing revenue and Advertisement opportunities.
When traveling tattooers are the majority, the quality and size of tattooing declines, while the cost of those tattoos done at the event is quit often three times the local rate one would normally pay.
This drains the profit from the local area for the near future.
And destroys the word of mouth advertising that generally follows the local Client, the word of mouth advertising no longer exists.
Any word of mouth advertising that does exist, goes to the out of town tattooer, even they don’t really benefit much.
This loss of advertising the local professionals, greatly harms the local markets.

Right now, the Gypsies are traveling all around the country following the con-man-vention Circuit, this is destroying local tattooers reputations and advertising markets everywhere.

Traveling Tattooers really are destroying the local tattoo markets where (job fairs) – the wrong type of con-ventions, are held.

Right here in Utah, the Salt Lake City International Tattoo con-vention is a perfect example of the wrong type of convention. This con-vention is set up to benefit and support the traveling tattooer, it is a job fair for Gypsies.

The Salt Lake City International Tattoo Job Fair Does not support or represent the Local Tattoo Art Market.

Here are some things Our Clients and local Enthusiasts need to know;
There is very little actual benefit to being tattooed by the traveling Tattooers that travel the tattoo convention circuit.
Sure, you can get a nice single sitting design at a job fair-Convention, but most high quality tattooing requires that you go back to the Artist for the finishing touch. This doesn’t happen when the gypsy that did the work is gone.

Standard fees for a traveling gypsy working a con-vention are usually 2-3 times higher than local rates.
These exaggerated rates are bad enough, but when the gypsies are gone, the word of mouth advertisements goes with them.

This loss of word of mouth advertisements to local market is detrimental to the survival of local professional Tattooers, detrimental to the local markets, and detrimental to Professional tattooing every where.

At the best Professional Conventions, You can hear talk about skills and techniques and see the local talent preform and show their work. The out of town Traveling Tattooers come to show off their already completed works. The Competition is fierce but everyone benefits, no one loses.

Our professional Creed should be – “Mark everyone, Harm no one”.

Professional Conventions Do not highlight the skills of traveling gypsies as a reason for the event. To do so is as disrespectful to the local Tattoo Profession as a Promoter can be.

Respectful Traveling Tattooers do not disrespect local Tattoo Colleagues by supporting Con-man-ventions or Tattoo Hostels.

Until things change, the only thing we can do is to help the Profession, and support the Local Professionals the Best we can.

Boycott Con-man-ventions, Don’t support Tattoo Hostels.

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Tattoo Profession Definitions

Professional Tattoo Convention;
An Event produced, for the Promotion and Advancement of the Art and Business produced by the Tattoo Profession; Not for financial gain by any private Person or Business.
An Event that is supported by more than 80% local Professional Tattooers.
An Event that requires consent forms be signed before professional Photographs are captured.
An Event that protects Artists Copyrights.
An Event that does not have size limits on the art work being shown.
An Event designed to bring business into the local area, not designed to benefit the Traveling tattooers.
An Event designed to promote participation in a Professional Tattoo Association that supports the advancement of ‘Standards and Techniques’ of Professional Tattooing.

Con-man-vention Event;
Any event organized solely for profit by any private Person or Business.
Any event organized primarily for the financial gain of the traveling Tattooers.
Any Event that uses unauthorized Photographs to promote the event.
Any Event that allows more than 20% of the total number of participating tattooers from out of town.
Any Event that allows Tattooers to work under the table and not pay their fair share of local business expense.
Any Event that has a size limit on the work being shown.
Any Event that allows a biased Judge, or any Judgement of participants own work.
Any Event designed to be a fish in a barrel situation for Trade magazine Photographers to “SHOOT” the tattoo work, but does not require a consent Form be signed by the artists for the art work being photographed.
Any Event that sponsors, or gives traveling tattooers free endorsements and/or free access to local enthusiasts.

Professional Tattooer; Experienced, works in a Licensed Studio. Advertises their Service. Understands Blood born Pathogens and how to prevent contamination and cross contamination. Works with modern equipment and tattools.
Protects the Profession and adheres to professional and commercial standards and ethics.
Respects Professional Colleagues. Does not intentionally invade or support any event that intentionally invades any other market for the (profit) financial gain of the event organizer or the traveling tattooers.

Gypsy Tattooer; Gypsies – also known as; Professional Scratchers.
Professional Experience. May own their own studio, but generally works the floor at Con-man-ventions, or from a hotel room, or as a “Guest” in a professional Tattoo Hostel. Gypsies travel town to town working through the Tattoo Hostels and the Convention Circuit. Gypsies generally work under the table and broadcast (advertise) their Travel Schedule and Professional Service like they are local upstanding Professionals.
Works with modern equipment and tattools but does not Protect the Profession. Has many standards. May not have a local Health Permit. May or may not Understand Blood born Pathogens, or how to prevent contamination and cross contamination. Generally ignores professional, legal, and commercial standards and ethics.
Any Professional Tattooer that does not respect local markets, and uses Tattoo Hostels to go from town to town, Con-man-vention to Con-man-vention taking advantage of the healthy local markets.

Amateur Tattooer;
Unprofessional, Self taught Tattooer working from a house or unlicensed location for artistic or commercial gain. May work with primitive, inferior tools in unsanitary conditions. Any tattooer that does not adhere to Professional Standards. Does not have a local Health Permit, work from word of mouth. Does not advertise their service.

Scratcher Tattooer;
Unprofessional, generally a self taught Tattooer working from a house or unlicensed location for artistic and commercial gain. May work with primitive, inferior tools in unsanitary conditions. Any tattooer that does not adhere to Professional Standards. Does not have a local Health Permit but still advertises their service like they are profession.

Tattoo Hostel;
Any Tattoo Studio that allows or encourages out of town Tattooer(s) to come to their establishment and work while they are awaiting the next Con-man-vention to take place.
Any Studio that undercuts the local market by not charging a fair fee to the traveling tattooers for the work they do.
Any Studio that undercuts the local market by not making the traveling tattooer(s) pay their fair share of local business expense.
Any Studio that undercuts the local market by supporting the growing Chain of Tattoo Hostels

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