New licensing for tattooists begins on Monday.
The Newman Government's continuing war on criminal motorcycle gangs officially moves to tattoo parlours on Monday.
Licensing for Queensland's tattooists opens on Monday and the state's body art practitioners have just six months to apply.
Those found operating without a license after July 1 face fines of up to $55,000 for a first offence and up to $110,000 and 18 months jail time for subsequent offences.
The licences will only be granted if a police check clears tattooists of any association with criminal motorcycle gangs, Queensland's Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said.
“When you apply for a licence, you will also need to provide details about your close associates, such as your staff, business partners and landlord," he said.
“Your finger and palm prints will be collected as part of the process to determine if you are suitable to hold a licence.”
And they won't come cheap.
Tattoo licences valid for Queensland alone will cost $1150 for one year or $1990 for three years.
Australian Tattooists Guild spokesperson Josh Roelink said the licensing requirements disadvantaged the vast majority of tattooists and tattoo parlour owners who did the right thing, for the sake of political point scoring.
"Bikies are generally a small percentage of the tattoo population in Australia," he said.
"It's a myth promulgated by the media and government and now the government can be seen to be stepping in and doing something without doing anything."
Mr Roelink described the new Queensland laws, which almost mirror those introduced last year in New South Wales, as "a sham".
He said the tattoo industry was badly in need of reglulation for health and safety purposes, not for thinly veiled attacks on a minority.
"At the end of the day its not a tattoo licence, call it what it is: a non-affliated citizen licence," he said.
"They are claiming the whole basis of the regulation is to show the government is looking after the best interests of the public but every day, every studio in Australia is having kids come in as young as 14 years old with tattoos done by people buying machines off ebay and working out of a garage.
"In terms of public health it's doing far more damage.
"They are the real problems we are facing every day in