TPIU Tele conference 29.1.18

Those in attendence were:
Chris, Chic, Cilla, Rick, Marcus and Suzy.

1. B.S.I
Chris and Marcus attended a meeting regarding the final (ish) drafts on the forthcoming European Standard for Tattoo Studios. Expected completion is 12-18 months as guidance not legislation.
We were pleased that this was an opportunity for our members to reconnect with important contacts like Ian Grey, Alan Beswick and Peter Hoffman.
Ian Grey has expressed interest in liasing with us to update the Tattoo Toolkit. Rick to email him and start the ball rolling.

2. Finance
Payments have been made for the domain and upkeep of the website.
Union funds from the GMB are now updating regularly but money is still outstanding. It was suggested we need to meet with Warren Kenny to chase this up and insist on future regular and timely financial statements as they have been late regularly in the past.

3. Membership
One new member this month. We do appreciate we need a new membership drive but need specific areas to work in to attract members which is proving to be difficult. The usual apathy within the industry applies.

4. Four Star Rating Scheme
The Welsh 4 Star Rating Scheme has changed leadership and all seems to have gone quiet. The scheme was launched by CIEH Wales. Licensing is law in Wales now with a time limit of two years to implement it. It was suggested we contact Gavin Williams (Senior EHO).
Chic will email him to introduce himself and re-establish connections between the TPIU, as we think we could gain knowledge for future implications and to have updates on progress with licensing.

5. Advancing technology
Recent advances in machine technology have put into question if the bagging of machines is still necessary as the claims are that these machines can be autoclaved. It was suggested we gather data to find hard evidence to support this idea. Also to give up to date information to EHO’s as to whether this new technology needs to be assessed in different ways.

Next meeting to be arranged for a couple of months time

Annual General Meeting – 11 September 2017

The Annual General Meeting is coming up on 11 September 2017.

12 noon at the Karl Marx Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU.
It would be great to see as many members as possible this year.
Remember, this is your opportunity to meet the committee and air your views.
Invitations are being posted out to members so we hope to see you there!

Current Committee members are:
President: Rick Stevens
Vice President: Chic Child
Treasurer: Chris Bloomfield

Secretary: Nadine Kacprowicz

Chief Liaison: Marcus Henderson
Equalities officer & Social Media Monitor: Cilla North


Annual General Meeting – 28 Nov 2016 – Karl Marx Library

The Annual General Meeting is coming up on 28 November 2016. 12 noon at the Karl Marx Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU.
It would be great to see as many members as possible this year.
Remember, this is your opportunity to meet the committee and air your views.
Invitations are being posted out to members so we hope to see you there!

Current Committee members are:
President: Rick Stevens,
Vice President: Marcus Henderson,
Secretary: Chris Bloomfield
Press Officer: Chic Child
Equalities officer & Social Media Monitor: Cilla North

TPIU Meeting 11th April 2016 – GMB Euston

Minutes from TPIU Meeting 11th April 2016 – GMB Euston.

1. Union Funds report.

We were reminded that we receive only 10p in every £1 of union subs and only when the accounts are completed precisely to GMB rules, which has meant the TPIU not being paid in the past. This is an ongoing issue. The good news is we are being paid the four quarters we are owed, thanks to Rick’s efforts (although it’s not in our account as yet). Rick and Marcus have agreed to have another meeting at GMB nearer the end of the month, to give it more time. It was suggested we have more frequent statements and that it would be excellent to have them available online. Rick to email Julie Adamson to see how things are progressing.

2. Website. 

Chic has agreed to look after the website on a permanent basis. He will change the main page to highlight future meetings.

3. 4 Star Rating Scheme.

We discussed peoples experiences but there hasn’t been much of interest or uptake of this voluntary scheme so information is limited. What little feedback there is included one EHO mistakenly thinking it was to describe artistic ability, not hygiene…. Are the public not getting the message as the scheme wasn’t well publicised? Do the CIEH communicate enough? It was agreed we have an end of year review and see if take up is better and if there is more feedback.

4. Accredited Training.

It’s on it’s way! Should be available to members late summer this year based on CPD (Continuous Professional Development) and will be industry specific and CIEH accredited. This approved modular training will, of course, be in addition to an apprenticeship.

5. Conwy Bylaw consultation.

We have been in contact with Conwy regarding their bylaw update and had issues with the suggestion to use sterile ink, which as we know is not possible. They have sidestepped our request to not include ‘sterile ink’, so we have suggested we ask Alan Beswick to either respond directly or give an opinion on or off the record. Marcus to contact him.

6. Teleconference.

It was suggested we could use GMB facilities. Rick has offered to buy the necessary equipment to facilitate this.

7. Next meeting.

Suggested date is 11th July in Kent to catch up before the AGM in September.

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.