Have your say

If you have any issues to discuss or projects that you would like to put forward to us, then we’re all ears!
Remember this Union was created for you, the workers within the industry, and you all have a voice, an opinion and ideas.
We’re always happy to hear from you, so don’t be shy, contact us here: info@tpiu.org.uk

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Committee Meeting Minutes – 15 February 2016

1. Waiting (again) for The GMB to tell us how we can get the money owed to us.
Rick has contacted Linda and is waiting for a response.

2. We have agreed to have at least two face to face meetings a year to enable a better exchange of ideas and comments.

3. There are some issues regarding the 4 Star rating scheme. Namely there terms & conditions makes it difficult for part time workers and apprentices to operate. We plan to contact Julie Barratt (CIEH Wales) to discuss these and other problems with her.

4. Continuing problems with membership issues and payments from GMB.
Chris and Rick will schedule a meeting at Hendon.

5. TPIU membership certificates to be sent out on 01/12/16.

6. Chic to put note on web site notifying members that it is there responsibility to update the GMB about any change of address etc.

7. Any members with any issues or projects that the think the TPIU should be getting involved with please forward to the committee.

8. Next first Aid course is scheduled for April (Dates to follow)

9. Cilla to contact Rhonda Valley EHO re: assisting them in changes to by-laws.

10. Rick to follow up on inquiry from a tv production company to see what they propose and to report back to the committee.

Other Business

1. It was decided that it is not for the Union to encourage or discourage members from taking Treatment Insurance.

2. Chris proposed that he joins the CIEH. As a member of the same body that EHO’s belong to, this may assist in future cooperation.

3. Next meeting will be in London, in April, either 11th/12th or 25th. (Date to be confirmed)

Minutes from Committee Meeting – 16 November 2015

• Should the TPI except membership from a cosmetic only tattooist?
The meeting decided unanimously that only mainstream tattooists are welcome as members. However, every case will be taken on its merits.
The main concern in this case was the use of anaesthetics together with no permanent address for the business.

• New membership certificates are at the printers and should be posted this week.
If any member does not receive the certificate please contact the number on the website.

• The TPI have been contacted by various large business concerns who are trying to syndicate and franchise tattoo and piercing studios.
They were told franchising is not possible, we are not interested, the industry isn’t interested and to go away and have nothing to do us in the future.

• The Welsh assembly are changing tattooing and piercing to licensing in the near future.
The Welsh based CIH four star rating scale, partially supported by TPI is been taken up by many councils across the UK. We would like to hear members feedback as to how the scheme is working, so we can steer it in a more professional, industry based direction for the future.

• It is hoped the next National TPIU meeting will be in London on Monday 16 February 2016.
However, this will depend on venue availability and the commitment of members to travel to London.

• Members are advised to comment on the TPI Facebook page and via the TPI website as to their ability to attend the meeting.


The meeting was attended by two reps from the GMB Anna May political officer and Dan Shears head of health and safety. They very kindly bought us up too speed regarding changes in the law that will affect our industry. They were also helpful in directing us as to where we should be putting our resources to change legislation and laws affecting us.

Officer elections went as follows: Staying as president Rick Stevens, vice president Marcus Henderson, Chris Bloomfield takes over as secretary Chic Child press officer and Cilla North Equalities officer and social media monitor.

New Date for AGM

The TPIU annual general meeting will happen on Monday 7th September at 12 noon at the Marx Memorial Library in Farringdon, London (nr Farringdon tube and between Kings Cross and Liverpool Street mainline stations).

All members must have proof of current membership to attend. Please email info@tpiu.org.uk if your require the agenda.

Your VOTE matters….

The TPIU wants your opinion on the Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme.
This was developed by the Welsh Chartered Institute for Environmental Health and is being implemented by councils across the UK. This system will give partaking tattoo studios a rating of one to four stars on hygiene, as long as certain criteria are met.
The executive committee are fundamentally in favour of the TPIU officially supporting this scheme, but want members to vote on it.
YES to support it or NO to not support it.

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TPIU Annual General Meeting

The TPIU annual general meeting will happen on Monday 1st September at 12 noon at the Marx Memorial Library in Farringdon, London (nr Farringdon tube and between Kings Cross and Liverpool Street mainline stations).

As well as executive committee re-elections (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Press Officer and Secretary), there will be presentations on the work achieved by the TPIU in the last year, the Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme, media interest in us and the industry, and training courses events for members’ continuing professional development.

We hope to see you there – to reserve your place, please email tattoopiercingindustry@gmail.com.

Legal support for members

The TPIU is part of the GMB, and they have just launched UnionLine, the UK’s first wholly trade union owned law firm. Union Line provides every legal and accident service you need, when you need it. TPIU members can call UnionLine on 0300 333 0303.