Police pressure on Gold Coast
tattoo parlours to ensure registration
Shaya Laughlin and Mackenzie Ravn
Gold Coast Bulletin
July 03, 201412:01AM
CHECK UP: Police yesterday started
checks on tattoo parlour registrations, including at
New Era Tattoo, 'King of Ink Tattoo', Parlour in
Southport. PICTURE: Jerad Williams
GOLD Coast tattoo parlours which have
not registered their business or staff are being pressured
by police to comply with new legislation.
Police started reinforcement tactics this week
and yesterday visited six tattoo studios which had not complied
with new legislation requiring an operating licence and police
background checks. Studios and tattooists had until Monday to
lodge paperwork for a licence to the Office of Fair Trading but
some still hadn’t completed it.
Superintendent Jim Keogh said police were
doing rounds visiting local studios whose paperwork had not yet
“We’re going around making sure that they’ve
complied,” he said.
“Those who haven’t, we’re asking them if they
are having difficulties in complying. We’re reinforcing the
message with them that they must comply with the registration of
the tattoo shop and tattoo artists.”
Supt Keogh said the objective was not to close
the studios down but rather a check-up.
“Some of the places we spoke to said ‘Look, we
have sent it away but we’ve only just sent it away’,” Supt Keogh
“Eventually, we’ll go through all the places
that haven’t complied and those without justification will be
The legislation provided an opportunity for
legitimate business operators in the industry to possibly extend
and take over companies that close in light of the legislation,
Tattoo businesses which don’t comply face
fines of up to $55,000 for a first offence and up to $110,000
and 18 months’ jail for subsequent offences.