Agenda for Monday 12th May 2014

The agenda for Monday’s meeting will include:

  • Inoculations for practitioners
  • Primary Authority partnership implementation and funding
  • Welsh Assembly’s consultation on the Public Health White Paper
  • Potential EU regulations affecting the industry and how we can influence them
  • TPIU training events

Next TPIU meeting

The next TPIU meeting will be held at 12 noon on Monday 12th May 2014 at the usual venue of the Marx Memorial Library in Farringdon, London. On the agenda so far, we have:

    • Primary authority partnerships
    • TPIU training events
    • Plans for the summer AGM

At the summer AGM, we will be including the annual vote on committee members, so start thinking about being involved? Maybe you want to stand for election? Start thinking and get involved.

Cross Contamination Training Event

The TPIU is holding a training event on best practice for dealing with cross contamination and the managing its risks in the studio. Attendance on the course is recommended for apprentices and anyone wanting to refresh their skills in line with the new tattoo and piercing toolkit. The course will be facilitated by former TPIU president Marcus Henderson and current TPIU vice-president Cilla North.

The training takes place at the village meeting hall in Teynham, Kent (a short train ride from Charing Cross and London Bridge train stations) on Wednesday 26 February 2014.

Morning – 1000-1300hrs

Afternoon – 1400-1700hrs

For TPIU members, the course costs £25 – which can be claimed back on your income tax as this counts as part of your continuous professional development. To reserve your place, please email stating your name, studio you work for, a preference for either the morning or afternoon session.

The next TPIU meeting

The next TPIU meeting is on Monday 2nd December at the Marx Memorial Library in Farringdon, London at 12 noon. On the agenda are:

  • Working with EHOs on the best practice guidance
  • The situation in France re. banning coloured tattoo inks
  • Working with an internet documentary maker on a short film

If you’d like to attend, please contact us via FB or Twitter to reserve your place.

How the TPIU supports members

The TPIU recently supported a member who wrote back to us with these very lovely words:

“A customer decided to take me to court as his expectations were not met in the tattoo cover-up I did for him. After 7-8 months of worry and NO support from the FSB [Federation of Small Businesses] or insurance companies, the TPIU were hugely supportive. If the case had not been thrown out of court, the TPIU would have accompanied me to court and provided professional support and expert witnesses. The feeling of having the support of my peers in my hour of need is priceless. Thank you TPI.”

The TPIU is here to help and support its members – and it is great that we not only helped professionally but were also able to help reduce the stress this person was under at the time.

TPIU Response to Underage Tattoo

The British tabloid paper The Daily Mail published this article on 24th August 2013 about a fourteen year old child who was tattooed by a scratcher who had bought a cheap tattoo kit from eBay. Ross Richardson was prosecuted and fined £40 plus costs. This was a very light punishment for someone breaking the Tattooing of Minors Act 1969.

The TPIU has previously approached eBay to ask them to ban the selling of cheap tattoo kits, as it leads to untrained scratchers tattooing underage children in unhygienic surroundings, reusing needles and caps which can lead to serious infections, including hepatitis and HIV. Management at eBay have so far refused to consider this – which can only lead to more incidents like this one.

Operator Guidance Document Launched Online

The Tattoo & Piercing Industry Union has been working closely with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Public Health England and the Health & Safety Laboratory to produce a document that gives practical help and advice for tattooists and piercers in running a safe and hygienic studio. It has taken several years of work across several public organisations (as well as the TPIU) as every piece of advice has been academically researched, cross referenced and validated.

This document will also be distributed to Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) so that they are aware of the standards required – and so that studios know what EHOs are looking for during inspections.

The Operator Guidance can be downloaded here for free, and includes the main toolkit, checklists and posters.

Next Meeting

The next TPIU meeting is at 12 noon on Monday 30th September at the Marx Memorial Library in Farringdon, London. If you’d like to attend, you can reserve your place by emailing

You can find directions to the Marx Memorial Library and details about its history here.

New Committee & Latest News

Hello all

The TPIU AGM happened on 29th July 2013 and a new committee was elected and is currently:

    • President: Rik Stevens
    • Vice President: Cilla North
    • Treasurer: Chris Bloomfield
    • Secretary: Caz Old
    • Press Officer: Chic Child

 A lot was also discussed, especially the new operator guidance, recruitment and membership communication. There’s a lot of changes coming and the update of this website is just the start! So stay tuned!

The website should be easier to navigate now, with clearly marked pages for downloads and links, the TPIU ‘about us’ and all sorts of useful information. The TPIU committee are going through the website page by page to make sure it is all as up-to-date and relevant as possible. We know that our communication has needed some work for a while now and are finally getting on top of it all. Our Twitter and Facebook pages are up and running too, so please check them out, and follow and like us there too!