Illegal Newport tattooist must pay £2,400

South Wales Argus: Illegal Newport tattooist must pay £2,400 Illegal Newport tattooist must pay £2,400

A MAN has been ordered to pay £2,484 in fines and costs for working as an illegal tattooist, or “scratcher”, out of a city home.

Brandon Watkins, of no fixed abode, was discovered to be tattooing out of a house in Kirby Lane, Pill, Newport, despite being unregistered, following an investigation by Newport Council Environmental health officers.

The 21-year-old was working in unregistered residential premises, where the room did not meet local authority by-laws, equipment was being reused without being properly sterilised and clinical waste was disposed of incorrectly.

Tattoo equipment was seized as it posed a public health risk.

Watkins failed to appear before Newport magistrates, but was found guilty in his absence of two offences of tattooing without being registered and in premises not registered with the council.

He was fined £500 on each offence and ordered to pay £1,434 costs plus a £50 victim surcharge.

Councillor Bob Poole, cabinet member for licensing and statutory functions, said: “Action will be taken against businesses operating illegally as in this case.”

This is the second prosecution by Newport council against an illegal tattooist this year.

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11:39am Wed 25 Jun 14

pwharley says...

Hmmm, no fixed abode, failed to appear in court......

What are the chances of this £2484 being paid?
Hmmm, no fixed abode, failed to appear in court...... What are the chances of this £2484 being paid? pwharley
  • Score: 24

2:49pm Wed 25 Jun 14

displayed says...

"Watkins failed to appear before Newport magistrates"

Too busy workin I expect!
"Watkins failed to appear before Newport magistrates" Too busy workin I expect! displayed
  • Score: 4

3:34pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Somehow I don't find it comforting to know that people can be licensed to put horrible indelible graffiti on the skin of those who, I should think, must regret it about 10 minutes later.
Somehow I don't find it comforting to know that people can be licensed to put horrible indelible graffiti on the skin of those who, I should think, must regret it about 10 minutes later. Dai Rear
  • Score: -12

6:50pm Wed 25 Jun 14

manager111 says...

I can not understand why people want to actually disfigure themselves by having tattoos it is almost the same as branding cows, with a hot iron.
I can not understand why people want to actually disfigure themselves by having tattoos it is almost the same as branding cows, with a hot iron. manager111
  • Score: -7

11:56pm Wed 25 Jun 14

I'm back xx says...

Dirty scratcher
Dirty scratcher I'm back xx
  • Score: 4

9:42am Thu 26 Jun 14

Evil Flanker says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Somehow I don't find it comforting to know that people can be licensed to put horrible indelible graffiti on the skin of those who, I should think, must regret it about 10 minutes later.
Tattoos are cultural and have been practised for thousands of years, what you call graffiti is some of the best artwork that can be found.

You could say anyone who hangs pictures in their home or paints the walls is defacing it's natural look, but that would be just as absurd as a pesonal opinion on a tattoo.

I have numerous tattoos and regret NONE of them, if I could afford it, I would get my entire body tattooed.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Somehow I don't find it comforting to know that people can be licensed to put horrible indelible graffiti on the skin of those who, I should think, must regret it about 10 minutes later.[/p][/quote]Tattoos are cultural and have been practised for thousands of years, what you call graffiti is some of the best artwork that can be found. You could say anyone who hangs pictures in their home or paints the walls is defacing it's natural look, but that would be just as absurd as a pesonal opinion on a tattoo. I have numerous tattoos and regret NONE of them, if I could afford it, I would get my entire body tattooed. Evil Flanker
  • Score: 5

10:44am Thu 26 Jun 14

Jimport says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Somehow I don't find it comforting to know that people can be licensed to put horrible indelible graffiti on the skin of those who, I should think, must regret it about 10 minutes later.
Somehow I don't find it comforting to know that there are people walking among us with narrow-minded, empirically nonsensical opinions which they can't control the urge to declare publicly on a local media comment thread.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Somehow I don't find it comforting to know that people can be licensed to put horrible indelible graffiti on the skin of those who, I should think, must regret it about 10 minutes later.[/p][/quote]Somehow I don't find it comforting to know that there are people walking among us with narrow-minded, empirically nonsensical opinions which they can't control the urge to declare publicly on a local media comment thread. Jimport
  • Score: 5

11:43pm Fri 27 Jun 14

10114736 says...

Listen nit 1 of you know brandon watkins hes a great tattooist he always used new needles the only thing he is guilty of is no liscence and disposal of equipment incorrectly i have a tattoo off him and i love it so all of you quit judging coz the press make things up
Listen nit 1 of you know brandon watkins hes a great tattooist he always used new needles the only thing he is guilty of is no liscence and disposal of equipment incorrectly i have a tattoo off him and i love it so all of you quit judging coz the press make things up 10114736
  • Score: -1

11:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

10114736 wrote:
Listen nit 1 of you know brandon watkins hes a great tattooist he always used new needles the only thing he is guilty of is no liscence and disposal of equipment incorrectly i have a tattoo off him and i love it so all of you quit judging coz the press make things up
So true. He wasn't prosecuted at all. The editor of this paper saw his name on a toilet wall (or it might have been a chav's armpit) and just decided to make a story up. And the hyena's bottom graffiti on your forehead is so you.
[quote][p][bold]10114736[/bold] wrote: Listen nit 1 of you know brandon watkins hes a great tattooist he always used new needles the only thing he is guilty of is no liscence and disposal of equipment incorrectly i have a tattoo off him and i love it so all of you quit judging coz the press make things up[/p][/quote]So true. He wasn't prosecuted at all. The editor of this paper saw his name on a toilet wall (or it might have been a chav's armpit) and just decided to make a story up. And the hyena's bottom graffiti on your forehead is so you. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

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