No bikies here: Tattoo studio gets ok to operate
A GATTON tattoo studio is one of the only three across Queensland licensed to operate under the State Government's new anti-bikie laws.
The gradual roll-out of permits is finally starting to yield results after the crackdown on bikie gangs began last year.
Owners Ted and Delmae Saddo support the strict measures which compel studios to reapply every three years to ensure they have not affiliated with illegal gangs.
It is now against the law for unlicensed artists to tattoo anybody but themselves.
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"The industry needed to be cleaned up," he said.
"These 'backyarders' are buying stuff off eBay - ink that you really can't use because who knows what the Chinese are using to make it.
"When people are doing it on the sly, good people like us will report them.
Mr Saddo set-up shop in Gatton nine-and-a-half years ago after leaving Gladstone - a town which was rife with bikie gang activity at the time.
"It's always been like that. This is why the industry had to change," Mr Saddo said.
"Without mentioning any names, I know tattooists who have tried to open shops but were shut down straight away by standover tactics.
"That's why we moved out here. There were no tattoo shops out this way and no bike clubs."
Mrs Saddo said she backed the government's crackdown on the industry.
"It will bring consumer confidence with people knowing if they choose a studio, they are not going to be affiliated with bikies," she said.