Warning bogus tattooists target customers via Facebook & Twitter

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Warning bogus tattooists target customers via Facebook & Twitter

Owners of legitimate tattoo establishments are calling for a crackdown on illegal operators.

The licensed practitioners have to regularly correct substandard work and blame the bogus operators for bringing the industry into disrepute.

There is evidence of people setting up operations from private homes, pubs, clubs or by visiting people in their homes.

Social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter are also increasingly being used by illegal operators to promote their illegitimate business activities.

Stories from people duped by illegal operators include one woman attracted by cheap offers being promoted on Facebook.

Wishing to have a tattoo, she contacted the vendor who arranged to carry out the tattoo in his home.   The woman was duped into believing the vendor had a professional studio and counterfeit certificates were presented.   She suffered for several weeks after receiving the tattoo and was unhappy with the standard of artwork. She had to find the money to attend a legitimate studio to have the tattoo corrected where she was advised to report the illegal tattooist to the council.

People are warned not to be tempted by bargain prices, it can end up costing you more than you think.   I

f an unregistered tattooist is running as a business the Health and Safety at Work Act applies which carries a maximum penalty of £20,000 or imprisonment where harm or ill-health has been caused.   It is illegal for under-18s to be tattooed.

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