Warning over unlicensed tattooists after fine for man who created illegal body art

Warning over unlicensed tattooists after fine for man who created illegal body art

ROMAN NUMERALS: Angela Lewis's tattoo. Picture: STUART BOULTON

ROMAN NUMERALS: Angela Lewis's tattoo. Picture: STUART BOULTON

First published in News

A WARNING has been issued over the use of unlicensed tattooists after a man was fined for creating illegal, unhygienic body art.

Jason Wilkinson, of Herbert Street, Darlington, appeared before magistrates in the town on Wednesday (July 2).

He admitted failing to protect the health and safety of clients when carrying out unregistered tattooing.

The case against him arose after former client Angela Lewis, who paid £30 for a tattoo of Roman numerals across her chest, complained about his work.

She had the tattoo done last year and cried when, after taking the bandages off a few days later, it did not look like she had hoped.

Ms Lewis, who turned to the back-street tattooist because she could not afford to pay full price, then approached a registered provider to obtain a quote for covering up the offending body art.

She was put off by the £200 asking price, but reported Wilkinson's unregistered practise to Darlington Borough Council.

Environmental health officers visited him at his home and it was revealed that he had neither applied for nor obtained a skin piercing registration for himself or his premises.

The court heard Ms Lewis alleged unsanitary conditions at the premises, including loose dogs in the room where the tattoo was applied and Wilkinson smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol during the work.

Wilkinson denied tattooing the complainant at his home, but agreed that he had provided numerous tattoos in the past.

He was fined £145, with £100 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Outstanding court fined are being deducted from his benefits and this fine will be consolidated with that.

Councillor Chris McEwan, the council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “The council’s enforcement officers will always take action to protect the health of the public.

"People need to be aware that all tattooists should operate from premises that are registered with the council.

"Enforcement officers work with the operators of these premises to protect human health.

"The council will take enforcement action against people who provide tattoos without first obtaining proper registration or those that are unable to demonstrate that they operate in a hygienic manner to minimise the risk of infection.”

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8:52am Mon 7 Jul 14

charliebrown1 says...

there is no way i would ever go to an unlicenced tattooist, especially at their home. If you cant afford the £200 then dont get it done, theres a reason why he was only charging £30 !!!!!
there is no way i would ever go to an unlicenced tattooist, especially at their home. If you cant afford the £200 then dont get it done, theres a reason why he was only charging £30 !!!!! charliebrown1
  • Score: 33

9:23am Mon 7 Jul 14

cromwell1599 says...

Should know better at her age.
Should know better at her age. cromwell1599
  • Score: 22

9:52am Mon 7 Jul 14

SirLance says...

She wouldn't need to buy the tattoo 'STUPID' would she???
She wouldn't need to buy the tattoo 'STUPID' would she??? SirLance
  • Score: 10

10:41am Mon 7 Jul 14

Tregeor says...

Who on earth would want a tatoo of Roman numerals accross their chest? Surely this stupid woman could think of something to spend £20 on rather than this?
Who on earth would want a tatoo of Roman numerals accross their chest? Surely this stupid woman could think of something to spend £20 on rather than this? Tregeor
  • Score: 11

11:16am Mon 7 Jul 14

JJ2000 says...

There's a lesson to be learned from this I think. That's right, her numbers are nonsense.

I = 1
X = 10
L = 50
C = 100
M = 1000

So XXX = 30 XMCMLX = 2170 (still incorrect, but at it's closest) and III = 3

I don't know what she intended, but that doesn't appear to be an accurate date of birth.
She was probably aiming for a 1963 date (MCMLXIII), but the tattoo is wrong. However she knows that now.
A registered tattooist would have been able to advise her with more accuracy, but seeing as she's saved £170 this woman can now buy another 5 / 6 bad tattoos.
Bargain!
There's a lesson to be learned from this I think. That's right, her numbers are nonsense. I = 1 X = 10 L = 50 C = 100 M = 1000 So XXX = 30 XMCMLX = 2170 (still incorrect, but at it's closest) and III = 3 I don't know what she intended, but that doesn't appear to be an accurate date of birth. She was probably aiming for a 1963 date (MCMLXIII), but the tattoo is wrong. However she knows that now. A registered tattooist would have been able to advise her with more accuracy, but seeing as she's saved £170 this woman can now buy another 5 / 6 bad tattoos. Bargain! JJ2000
  • Score: 12

11:24am Mon 7 Jul 14

69lou96 says...

you get what you pay for!
you get what you pay for! 69lou96
  • Score: 12

11:24am Mon 7 Jul 14

The Love Slug says...

she was quite happy to go there, and wasn't put off by the unsanitary conditions until she didn't get her own way.

Sounds to me like a bitter woman who has chucked her dummy out of the pram and has gone out of her way to 'get back' at the tattooist.

Pathetic
she was quite happy to go there, and wasn't put off by the unsanitary conditions until she didn't get her own way. Sounds to me like a bitter woman who has chucked her dummy out of the pram and has gone out of her way to 'get back' at the tattooist. Pathetic The Love Slug
  • Score: 28

11:26am Mon 7 Jul 14

hasanopinion says...

If dogs were running around, he was smoking and drinking. Why did she not run a mile?
Hey I own a tattoo kit that makes me a tattooist doesnt it? And im a professional photographer because I own a camera. I can ink your skin and photograph your wedding/christening!
In all seriousness though a tattoo is hardly a necessity if you can't afford it do without until you can. Harsh lesson learned I think
If dogs were running around, he was smoking and drinking. Why did she not run a mile? Hey I own a tattoo kit that makes me a tattooist doesnt it? And im a professional photographer because I own a camera. I can ink your skin and photograph your wedding/christening! In all seriousness though a tattoo is hardly a necessity if you can't afford it do without until you can. Harsh lesson learned I think hasanopinion
  • Score: 12

12:13pm Mon 7 Jul 14

daftass says...

My friends daughter & son in law have had tattoos done of this man & that is why I got mine done there. I asked the man to go halves with me to correct it as it was goin to cost £200 & he wouldn't so if that's being bitter then yes im a bitter woman
My friends daughter & son in law have had tattoos done of this man & that is why I got mine done there. I asked the man to go halves with me to correct it as it was goin to cost £200 & he wouldn't so if that's being bitter then yes im a bitter woman daftass
  • Score: -34

1:15pm Mon 7 Jul 14

grumpypops says...

daftass wrote:
My friends daughter & son in law have had tattoos done of this man & that is why I got mine done there. I asked the man to go halves with me to correct it as it was goin to cost £200 & he wouldn't so if that's being bitter then yes im a bitter woman
Their tattoos must have been ok or you wouldn't have gone there
2 things to say to you
you get what you pay for
you pays your money you takes your chance
[quote][p][bold]daftass[/bold] wrote: My friends daughter & son in law have had tattoos done of this man & that is why I got mine done there. I asked the man to go halves with me to correct it as it was goin to cost £200 & he wouldn't so if that's being bitter then yes im a bitter woman[/p][/quote]Their tattoos must have been ok or you wouldn't have gone there 2 things to say to you you get what you pay for you pays your money you takes your chance grumpypops
  • Score: 4

1:46pm Mon 7 Jul 14

hasanopinion says...

daftass wrote:
My friends daughter & son in law have had tattoos done of this man & that is why I got mine done there. I asked the man to go halves with me to correct it as it was goin to cost £200 & he wouldn't so if that's being bitter then yes im a bitter woman
I absolutely agree that he should have been reported weather it be out of revenge or not. The man was carrying out illegal work and not doing a very good job at it. Hopefully he will think twice before scarring someone without proper training and licences.
Really dont know why ppl think they are qualified to do certain jobs because they have the equipment
[quote][p][bold]daftass[/bold] wrote: My friends daughter & son in law have had tattoos done of this man & that is why I got mine done there. I asked the man to go halves with me to correct it as it was goin to cost £200 & he wouldn't so if that's being bitter then yes im a bitter woman[/p][/quote]I absolutely agree that he should have been reported weather it be out of revenge or not. The man was carrying out illegal work and not doing a very good job at it. Hopefully he will think twice before scarring someone without proper training and licences. Really dont know why ppl think they are qualified to do certain jobs because they have the equipment hasanopinion
  • Score: -1

2:07pm Mon 7 Jul 14

nigel d says...

There's and old saying, pay peanuts get monkeys.
I have no sympathy at all.
There's and old saying, pay peanuts get monkeys. I have no sympathy at all. nigel d
  • Score: 13

3:14pm Mon 7 Jul 14

jude666 says...

JJ2000 wrote:
There's a lesson to be learned from this I think. That's right, her numbers are nonsense.

I = 1
X = 10
L = 50
C = 100
M = 1000

So XXX = 30 XMCMLX = 2170 (still incorrect, but at it's closest) and III = 3

I don't know what she intended, but that doesn't appear to be an accurate date of birth.
She was probably aiming for a 1963 date (MCMLXIII), but the tattoo is wrong. However she knows that now.
A registered tattooist would have been able to advise her with more accuracy, but seeing as she's saved £170 this woman can now buy another 5 / 6 bad tattoos.
Bargain!
It is actually correct, XXX-30, X=10 the rest equal 1963. So I guess this lady was born on 30th October 1963 or that date has some significance to her. That aside it is absolutely awful, and as others have said if you are going to permanently disfigure yourself then at least get the job done by a decent qualified artist. I mean seriously 30 quid, that alone should tell you to run a mile.
[quote][p][bold]JJ2000[/bold] wrote: There's a lesson to be learned from this I think. That's right, her numbers are nonsense. I = 1 X = 10 L = 50 C = 100 M = 1000 So XXX = 30 XMCMLX = 2170 (still incorrect, but at it's closest) and III = 3 I don't know what she intended, but that doesn't appear to be an accurate date of birth. She was probably aiming for a 1963 date (MCMLXIII), but the tattoo is wrong. However she knows that now. A registered tattooist would have been able to advise her with more accuracy, but seeing as she's saved £170 this woman can now buy another 5 / 6 bad tattoos. Bargain![/p][/quote]It is actually correct, XXX-30, X=10 the rest equal 1963. So I guess this lady was born on 30th October 1963 or that date has some significance to her. That aside it is absolutely awful, and as others have said if you are going to permanently disfigure yourself then at least get the job done by a decent qualified artist. I mean seriously 30 quid, that alone should tell you to run a mile. jude666
  • Score: 3

8:25pm Mon 7 Jul 14

oneofthemasses says...

Would love to know what she paid for the rubbish feather with birds coming off it tattoo, as it seems this isn't her first experience with rubbish tattoo artists
Would love to know what she paid for the rubbish feather with birds coming off it tattoo, as it seems this isn't her first experience with rubbish tattoo artists oneofthemasses
  • Score: 4

10:02pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Border Terrier says...

Did he put it on with a felt tip pen?
Don't know who is dafter, her or him. I will settle for both!
Did he put it on with a felt tip pen? Don't know who is dafter, her or him. I will settle for both! Border Terrier
  • Score: 5

1:58pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Erasmus-0 says...

daftass wrote:
My friends daughter & son in law have had tattoos done of this man & that is why I got mine done there. I asked the man to go halves with me to correct it as it was goin to cost £200 & he wouldn't so if that's being bitter then yes im a bitter woman
You have a very appropriate user name.
[quote][p][bold]daftass[/bold] wrote: My friends daughter & son in law have had tattoos done of this man & that is why I got mine done there. I asked the man to go halves with me to correct it as it was goin to cost £200 & he wouldn't so if that's being bitter then yes im a bitter woman[/p][/quote]You have a very appropriate user name. Erasmus-0
  • Score: 14

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