Tattooist applicants are being asked to
reveal details about their associates,
including staff, business partners and
landlords. Picture: Gabriel Bouys
TWO central Queensland tattooists are the first
to have their applications for strict new licences
rejected by police.
The two were not considered “fit and
proper” people to hold a licence, sources said.
Police are vetting licence
applications to “clean up the tattoo industry’’ and
sever “possible ties to bikie gangs”.
Applicants are being asked to reveal
details about their associates, including staff,
business partners and landlords.
The Office of Fair Trading said
licences would be refused to applicants who were “not a
fit and proper person” or if “it is not in the public
interest” for them to continue working in the industry.
And it’s highly likely there will be
more knock-backs – with a senior member of the Rebels
bikie gang, Mick Kosenko, claiming he’ll be forced out
“I’ve lodged my paperwork, but I’m
expecting the police to come calling any day now,’’ he
said. “I’m going to have to move interstate or overseas
if I want to continue working.’’
Australian Tattooists Guild acting
president Josh Roelink said it would be “sad’ if
operators such as Mr Kosenko were forced out of the
A spokesman for the Office of Fair
Trading said that more than 100 of the state’s 340
estimated tattoo parlour operators had failed to apply
for new licences before Tuesday’s deadline.
Of the 239 operators who have lodged
paperwork, 10 had been granted licences with the rest
still being assessed.
Unsuccessful applicants can apply to
the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a