ORGANISED criminals will be booted out of the tattoo business, starting today.All tattoo shop owners and their staff now must apply for a three-year licence from NSW Police and Fair Trading.
Police Minister Michael Gallacher said anyone with criminal associations would be denied a licence, and would be fined if they continued to operate.
"It is about cleaning up that industry. It is about recognising that for far too long the tattoo industry has been a feeding ground, a rich ground for outlaw motorcycle gangs," he said.
Licences will cost $700 for tattooists, and more than $2000 for operators of a tattoo parlour.
Can you say revenue raising???
After October 1, every corporation operating a tattoo parlour without a licence will be fined $11,000 a day. Individual owners face fines of $5500 a day, and tattoo artists will receive a one-off fine of $5000.
So much for innocent until proven guilty.
Acting Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas said a third of the estimated 300 tattoo parlours in NSW were "influenced or directly controlled" by motorcycle gangs.
A common problem for police was parlours were commonly operated by "cleanskins"' - with no known criminal record
So it follows that - but behind the scenes they were run by members of, or associates of, outlaw motorcycle gangs.
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