Industry News

August, 2014
Inks Used in Certain Tattoo Kits Cause Infections
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) became aware of a problem after testing inks in home use tattoo kits marketed by White and Blue Lion, Inc. FDA has confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened bottles of the company’s inks.
According to Linda Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director of FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors, using these inks for tattoos could cause infection. “FDA has confirmed one case of skin infection involving a consumer that used this company’s tattoo products,” Katz says, “and we are aware of other reports linked to tattoo products with similar packaging.”

July, 2014
White & Blue Lion recalling tattoo Inks and tattoo needles due to pathogenic bacterial contamination
July 11, 2014- White & Blue Lion, Inc. in the City of Industry, CA is recalling all lots of tattoo Inks and tattoo needles due to pathogenic bacterial contamination. Use of these products may cause bacterial infection and can lead to sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. The recall includes all tattoo inks, tattoo needles, and tattoo kits distributed by White & Blue Lion

May, 2014
Minnesota Bans Anti-Bacterial Chemical from Soaps
It’s widely used nationwide as a germ-killing ingredient in soaps, deodorants and even toothpaste, but it’s being banned in Minnesota.  Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products.

December, 2013
FDA: Anti-Bacterial Soaps May Not Curb Bacteria
After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks to consumers.

September, 2013
DC Proposes 24hr Waiting Period for Tattoos
The days of waking up with a hangover and a mysterious tattoo may be numbered in Washington D.C., thanks to a new regulation being proposed by the city’s Department of Health.

August, 2012
FDA: Risk of Infection from Contaminated Tattoo Inks
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting tattoo artists, ink and pigment manufacturers, public health officials, health care professionals, and consumers that some tattoo inks, and the pigments used to color them, can become contaminated by bacteria, mold, and fungus.  Contaminated inks are known to have caused serious infections in people in at least five states over the past year.

July, 2012
Philadelphia welcomes the SPCP Fall Conference 2012 Sept 22-23 to the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia
The Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals hosts the annual Fall Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 22-23, 2012 at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia. The SPCP will present an outstanding lineup of speakers and topics including an SPCP-style hands-on demonstration for permanent cosmetic lip liner and lip shading to provide kissable, colorful lips. Permanent cosmetic eyeliner is beneficial for almost every client; an industry leader will discuss options ranging from lash enhancement to a more dramatic appearance.

May, 2012
Considering a “Hair Tattoo?”  Pros and Cons to consider.
Almost a third of men are bald, and nearly 30 million women in America are losing their hair too.  A Good Morning America investigation looked into a new treatment to help the appearance of thinning hair.  But what should you know before giving a “Hair Tattoo” a try?

August, 2011
SPCP Hosts Permanent Cosmetics Fall Conference in Memphis
The Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals hosts the 20th Annual Fall Conference in Memphis, Tennessee on October 1-2, 2011 at the Memphis Marriott Downtown. The SPCP will present a lineup of speakers and topics including the industry specific Bloodborne Pathogens Course. As is standard at the SPCP conferences, the Train the Trainer class will be offered on Thursday and Friday before the main event.

August, 2011
Rare skin infection, tattoos linked
Two cases of otherwise healthy men acquiring a rare bacterial skin infection apparently after receiving tattoos at a Seattle parlor have prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend that tattoo artists use sterilized water in their procedures, Medical News Today reports.

January, 2011
20th Annual Permanent Cosmetics Convention & Trade Show
Join us in our 20th Annual Convention celebration! Attend the Saturday reception to share experiences with people who have a common goal – achieving excellence through education; and of course, have fun! All attendees receive a certificate for continuing education hours, appropriate for display and meeting regulatory requirements.

September, 2009
Navy Women Can Now Wear Permanent Makeup
Sailors will be able to wear new combinations of warfare pins — and women will be allowed to get certain types of permanent makeup — under new uniform rules approved recently. It’s all expected to be released soon in a fleetwide message, based on changes approved by the board July 30.

January, 2009
Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) Hosts 18th Annual Convention in Las Vegas
Permanent Makeup enters the future and endures the tough economy through the guidance of the SPCP. Permanent Cosmetic Professionals worldwide will convene for the always well attended annual convention hosted by the SPCP. This year the convention and trade show will be held March 14-16 in Las Vegas. The theme of the 2009 SPCP Convention is “Crystal Ball: A Look into the Future”. The event will be held at the Renaissance Hotel & Resort – a boutique hotel by Las Vegas standards with contemporary decor, impeccable service and high-tech amenities in a non-gaming, smoke-free atmosphere.

January 16, 2009
FDA Warning on Topical Anesthetics
FDA issued a public health advisory to remind patients, healthcare professionals, and caregivers about potentially serious hazards of using skin numbing products, also known as topical anesthetics, for relieving pain from mammography and other medical tests and conditions. FDA is concerned about the potential for these products to cause serious, life-threatening adverse effects, such as irregular heartbeat, seizures, breathing difficulties, coma and even death, when applied to a large area of skin or when the area of application is covered. FDA is working with healthcare professional organizations and other media that distribute healthcare information to spread the message about the potential hazards and safe use of topical anesthetics. The Advisory and the Dear Colleague letter provide recommendations to both doctors and patients on safe use of these products. 

August, 2008
Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals to Host European Training Event in Brussels
The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) is conducting its first European Workshop, which will be held in Brussels, Belgium October 12-14, 2008. This groundbreaking event is being held in consideration of hundreds of International SPCP members. The SPCP values and appreciates the support and attendance put forth by its European members at annual SPCP events in the U.S. and in concert with requests for a regional SPCP European workshop, the SPCP is delivering a three-day informational banner educational event!

August, 2008
Permanent Cosmetics the Foundation of Fundamental Applications
A long-awaited textbook on the subject of permanent cosmetics – Permanent Cosmetics – The Foundation of Fundamental Applications, by Marjorie Grimm, CPCP, past president of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) is now available for purchase and is due to ship in September. The culmination of this collaborative effort represents the quest to present long sought after facts, while dispelling many myths that have affected the permanent cosmetic industry for decades

July 17, 2008
SPCP Hosts Annual Fall Conference
Since its inception in 1990, the Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals (SPCP) remains the largest and most respected professional organization within the permanent cosmetics industry. The SPCP holds two events each year. The Annual Convention is held in March and the Fall Conference is held in September. The Fall Conference, this year is being held September 20-21 in Orlando Florida. This is a favorite event for many as it is limited to 100 attendees. Known as the permanent cosmetics “networking extravaganza” event, attendees have the unique opportunity to interface with other technicians and industry leaders in a professional but yet more social setting.

May 16, 2008
Permanent Cosmetics Industry Reacts to Misleading Information on Tyra Banks Show
On April 21, 2008, Tyra Banks hosted a live demonstration during what was stated to be a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure using vegetable dyes and minerals. Verika Seddick from the White Tea Spa in New York conducted the demonstration.
Vegetable dyes are never associated with tattooing. They are dyes used in the food industry to dye vegetables, fruits and meats.  Equally disturbing as Ms. Seddick’s and Ms. Banks’ obvious lack of knowledge of what the demonstration entailed, were their comments regarding tattooing and permanent cosmetics. Ms. Seddick stated that she wanted to make an important distinction, “This is not tattooing and you would never want permanent cosmetics on your face.” Tyra echoed her words. A contradiction was soon to follow; Ms. Seddick tattooed a member of the audience’s bottom eyeliner on one eye.  Click Here to read the Complete Article

April 30, 2008
Not Just Lip Service – Gloss Can Invite Skin Cancer
Right now, 23-year-old Laura Brown has at least six lip glosses on her. They’re in her backpack, her purse, her pocket, her makeup bag — and just in case, she keeps a couple of spares at her desk and in her bathroom.  Brown, who lives in College Station, Texas, assumes she takes very good care of her lips.  But some dermatologists say that slathering on shiny lip glosses can actually increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

April 25, 2008
New Type of Latex Gloves Cleared by the FDA
On April 23, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared for marketing the Yulex Patient Examination Glove.  The Yulex glove is made from latex that is derived from the guayule bush, a desert plant native to the southwestern United States. Gloves made from guayule latex may prove to be a safer alternative for some people with sensitivity to traditional latex.  Read More

April 17, 2008
FDA Urges Safer Usage of Eye Cosmetics
This FDA advisory covers cleanliness, storage, application safety, and ingredients concerns with eye cosmetics.  Read on for many more reasons to use Permanent Cosmetics instead of traditional cosmetics. February 28, 2008 FDA to Study Tattoos; SPCP Holds Tattoo Pigment Vendors to Strict Guidelines In response to the FDA’s announcement to study the pigments used for tattoos as reported by the Star Ledger on February 06, 2008, the SPCP Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) offers  information regarding the SPCP’s guidelines for its pigment vendors.

Dec 29, 2007
FDA Issues Advisory on Tattoos & Begins Pigment Research
As the popularity of tattoos continues to grow, so does the concern about potential risks. Some risks, such as the spread of infections through the use of unsterilized needles, have long been known. But what isn’t clear is the safety of tattoo inks.  Read More

Dec 19, 2006
New Ink Could Leave a Big Mark on Tattoo Business
You once adored Janie, but Laura is your honey now. That dragon circling your arm wowed your college buddies, but the executives in the office aren’t nearly as impressed. Just as the number of Americans sporting tattoos has soared in the past decade, so has membership in another group: people who want their bodywork removed. Only then do they come to know the truth — that laser tattoo removal is painful, expensive and may not do the job completely. Soon there may be a solution to the phenomenon of tattoo regret: removable tattoo ink. Please also note the SPCP Position on Semi Permanent Makeup.

Oct 3, 2006
New Tattoo Ink Will Allow Easy Removal
The decision to get or remove a tattoo will soon become much easier, thanks to researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brown University. Richard R. Anderson, a professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at MGH, was instrumental in the development and testing of a newly invented tattoo ink that is fully removable and completely safe. Please also note the SPCP Position on Semi Permanent Makeup.

Sept 27, 2006
World Hepatitis Awareness Day
Copenhagen, Denmark – Sir Bob Geldof today added his voice to that of hepatitis patient groups, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) by calling on governments around the world to prioritize hepatitis. Almost 600 million people worldwide are infected with either hepatitis B or C, both potentially life-threatening liver diseases.

October 26, 2005
House approves overriding governor’s veto on lower tattoo age
State lawmakers moved closer Wednesday to lowering the legal age for tattoos in Illinois despite the governor’s objections.  The House voted 91-24 for lowering the age for tattoos from 21 to 18.  The changes bring Illinois in line with 37 other states.

September 4, 2005
Waivers and Releases for Tattoo and Piercing Studios
Waivers can be a great tool for tattoo and piercing shops to protect themselves from customer’s with “buyer’s remorse” and even law suits, or at least limit their potential liability. Whether they’re worth the paper they’re on, however, basically comes down to the five things discussed in this article.

April 12, 2005
Nevada Assembly Debates New Permanent Cosmetics Legislation
Nevada’s permanent-makeup industry is largely unregulated and subject to minimal fees, but an Assembly bill now in committee would require technicians to obtain a license and professional certification, such as the CPCP offered by the SPCP.

Dec 9, 2004
High Court Rules on KP Permanent Make-Up v. Lasting Impression
Ruling in a closely watched intellectual property case, the Supreme Court gave both sides something to celebrate in disputes involving alleged consumer confusion over trademarks.

Nov 28, 2004
Premier Pigments Offering to Pay for Treatment of Allergic Reactions
Premier Pigments has offered to arrange medical care and financial support for anyone who has an allergic reaction to permanent cosmetics or tattoo pigments.

Nov 20, 2004
South Carolina Health Board Approves Tattoo License Draft Standards
The Board of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control last week approved draft standards for licensing tattoo facilities in South Carolina.
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Sep 24, 2004
SPCP Trainer Summit 2004
See pictures and read feedback from the SPCP Trainer Summit in Las Vegas in September, 2004.

Sep 13, 2004
Hepatitis B Vaccine May Be Linked to MS
The hepatitis B vaccine series has been administered to over 500 million people in the world. It is more than 95% effective in preventing an infection that kills millions annually. However anecdotal evidence has linked the vaccine to an increased risk for multiple sclerosis.

May 5, 2004
Jennifer Hartman Bonham from NitroLifestyle gives Permanent Makeup a try.
Have you ever been curious about permanent cosmetics?  NitroLifestyle’s Jennifer Hartman Bonham took the plunge, and shares her experience…

January 11, 2004
Jersey City’s First Legal Tattoo Parlor Opens
The first legal tattoo parlor opened in Jersey City last month, after the City Council voted to allow tattooing in August. The law was changed after a former underground tattoo artist who was arrested for tattooing illegally brought the issue before the City Council.

Dec 11, 2003
Who Can Tattoo in Wisconsin?
An interesting article on potential tattoo legislation under review in Wisconsin.  The article highlights the struggle between the tattoo industry, which has been largely self-regulating to date, and public health officials looking to add significant training requirements to tattoo artist certifications.

Dec 10, 2003
Arkansas Tattoo Law is Changing

Nov 15, 2003
Arkansas Toughens Tattoo Laws
Before August 2001, the only type of body modification covered by Arkansas law was tattooing and teens only needed a signature of a parent to get a tattoo. A new law has recently gone into effect that makes it harder for teens to get piercings or tattoos.

Sept 1, 2003
Permanent Cosmetics finds its way to Jamaica
A very nice introductory article to permanent cosmetics.  Good example of how Permanent Cosmetics is finding a world of interest.

July 22, 2003
Twin Falls Doctor Wants State Regulation Of Idaho Tattoo Shops
The barber or beautician who cuts your hair has to have a state license. But there’s no government oversight for people who punch holes through their customers’ skin.Idaho is only one of six states that doesn’t regulate tattoo or body piercing parlors. But there’s a movement to change that.

July 9, 2003
Bismarck, ND Beefs up Tattoo Regulations
The Bismarck City Commission made it harder to “swing ink on the fly” at its meeting Tuesday night by passing an ordinance establishing minimum operational and sanitation standards for tattooing-body art parlors as well as require the businesses to obtain an annual permit and subject them to annual inspections.

July 4-6, 2003 (3 articles)
Tattoo Torment  -  Infection fears at tattoo shopHIV scare at tattoo
A tattoo parlor in Scotland is the center of an AIDS scare.  The incident has many calling for the regulation of Scotland’s tattoo industry.

June 19, 2003
Texas Tattoo Removal Clinic Gives Youth a Second Chance at Earlier Mistakes

The tattoo removal program started several years ago with the Dallas County Health Department to remove tattoos from the hands, necks and faces of those 20 and younger.

June 13, 2003
Tattoo Vanishing Art for Some
Before laser treatments, people removed tattoos by sanding them off or cutting them off. (The medical assistant) began the laser removal when the technology became more widely available two years ago. The same laser also is used to remove scars.