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The British Tattoo Artists Federation is currently working on:


· Reviewing the existing BTAF guidelines and environmental health requirements consolidate then and update them as required so that all our professional tattooists work safely


· Developing a Code of Practice for our members, covering our policies on various aspects of tattooing and its related business


· Public awareness—  using this website, leaflets, the press and other means to explain to the public what to look for in a safe studio and explaining the dangers (cosmetic AND health risks) of using unqualified amateurs


· Working with the relevant bodies to tackle illegal unregistered “tattooists”.




Currently we are contacting local councils across Britain to gather a centralized list of all registered tattooists and studios so that we can contact as many as possible and promote safe tattooing within our trade.


We are also asking councils what councils are currently doing to enforce the law against illegal, dangerous amateurs and what challenges they face in doing so.  We would ask for councils’ co-operation in providing this information as we share the aim of protecting the public from rogue traders.




There is a plethora of other issues facing the modern tattoo artist and we could easily make our aims and objectives list much longer, but these are the chosen priorities and will be updated as we succeed in our aims. Some of them will be ongoing.

Please click on the link above or below to download our current guidelines.


Disclaimer—All content within BTAF documents including this website is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. The BTAF is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of the BTAF website. The BTAF is not liable for the contents of any external internet sites listed, nor does it endorse any commercial product or service mentioned or advised on any of the sites. Always consult your own GP if you're in any way concerned about your health.

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