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Hotel Information


The Flamingo Las Vegas is located at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip since they started rolling dice in 1946. This self-contained casino and resort offers everything an adventurous vacationer could want; including a Wildlife Habitat and a 15-acre Caribbean-style water playground. Set on the famous four corners of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, this hotel provides you with all the Las Vegas excitement with hospitality and service that’s second to none. The Flamingo is just steps away from the most popular hotels and shopping, and conveniently located near the Monorail which provides easy access to the entire Strip. Don’t miss the fabulous Center Cut Steakhouse!

The Flamingo Las Vegas
3555 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
888-373-9855 or 702-733-3111

Registration for the Convention does not include hotel reservations. A block of upgraded “GO” rooms has been reserved at a special conference rate. They are available on a “first-come, first served” basis before March 5, 2019. Don’t delay; make your reservation today before it’s too late! Please support this event by only booking rooms at the host hotel.

Individual room reservations, cancellations and revisions can be made by calling:

888-373-9855 or 702-733-3111
Be sure to use group code “SFSPC9

for the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals
to ensure our group rate of

$114/night Sun-Thu and $156/night Fri-Sat
$29/night resort fee and 12.5 % tax is not included

Hotel check-in time should not be anticipated until after 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m. Valet parking is available at the hotel east entrance. Self-parking is available in the South Garage, located immediately east of the main entrance. Both are complimentary, but limited.

Special Entertainment Offers

Cirque du Soleil                                          

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to extend discounted show ticket rates for SPCP 2019 Convention attendees and guests. These exclusive rates are available at all six Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas shows, while supplies last. Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas shows include:

Mystère™ at Treasure Island
“O™” at Bellagio
Zumanity™ at New York-New York
KÀ™ at MGM Grand
The Beatles™ LOVE™ at The Mirage
Michael Jackson ONE™ at Mandalay Bay

CLICK HERE to Purchase Tickets.   Groups 10+ contact: and mention SPCP

Blue Man Group                                          

Rock. Laugh. Party.

Blue Man Group is pleased to extend discounted show ticket rates SPCP 2019 Convention attendees and guests. Blue Man Group will rock your world, blow your mind, and unleash your spirit. Leave your expectations at the door and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter and surprises. 35 million people of all ages, languages and cultures know what Blue Man Group is really about. Now it’s your turn.

Blue Man Group – Hard to Describe. Easy to Love.

CLICK HERE to Purchase Tickets.   Groups 10+ contact: and mention SPCP



Travel Information

McCarran International Airport serves many airlines, most with direct flights. Check with your travel agent or carrier for rates soon, as this is a favorite travel time and it is spring break for many. Timely and inexpensive airport transportation is available to and from the hotel by shuttle services from $11 plus gratuity each per person, each way. To find a shuttle service visit

Taxi fare is approximately $26.00. Uber as low as $10.

Roommate Requests

If you would like the SPCP to help you find a roommate for the Convention, please contact the SPCP with your check in and check out dates. It is hard to find roommates as the convention nears. Remember March 5th is the deadline for the SPCP room rates – it is better to cancel a reservation if you find a roommate than to be without a room altogether! Be sure both names are on the reservation.

Attendee Requirements

During all SPCP Presentations in consideration of and respect for speakers and other attendees:

  • Mobile phones or other electronic devices must be on silent with vibration turned off. Key strokes must also be on silent.
  • Videotaping or audio recording with any device is prohibited.
  • Photography with or without flash of presentations is not allowed with any camera, mobile phone, or other electronic devices, including screen shots of PowerPoints.
  • Use of mobile phones will be permitted during presentations only if the screens are kept flat or below the edge of the table with silent keystrokes for the purpose of: note taking, and/or texting, tweeting, or other social media posting. Keep in mind that fingernail tapping is extremely distracting.
  • Laptop or tablet use will be permitted for not taking purposes only if the attendee is seated in the small designated area in the back of the room in order to prevent glare and distraction for other attendees.

In consideration of our paid exhibitors, there is to be no sales or promotion of products or services outside the exhibitor room. No procedures of any kind may be conducted anywhere within the hotel before or during the convention dates.

A name badge is required for admittance to all functions. Loss of your badge will result in a $10.00 replacement charge. Please help us eliminate the embarrassment of having to remove non-paying friends or relatives accompanying you to the lectures. Badges will be checked.  An evaluation form is provided at each class. For attendees to obtain credit hours, the evaluation form needs to be turned in immediately after each class. If you arrive fifteen minutes late for a lecture or leave before a lecture is completed, you cannot receive continuing education credits for that particular lecture. Certificates will be mailed after the convention.

SPCP Booth

The SPCP runs a booth at every convention for products available exclusively to our members. Members may purchase items such as colorful client brochures, the SPCP photo album, vinyl logos, and many SPCP identifying products. Various publications are available such as the talk of the industry – the SPCP textbook by Marjorie Grimm: Permanent Cosmetics – The Foundation of Fundamental Applications, 2nd Edition. Be sure to pick up the most recent SPCP book, Principles of Infection Control for the Tattoo Industry by Shanan Zickefoose, BSN, RN, CPCP

Cancellation Policy

CANCELLATION POLICY: A refund less an $80 processing fee will be made upon written request prior to March 15, 2019. We appreciate your understanding that there cannot be any other exceptions as printing is paid for and food is ordered, etc. Mailed-in registrations must be sent prior to the March 15, 2019 postmark deadline. Refund requests must be written. Email

We will do everything possible to help you enjoy your convention.
If you have specific questions or concerns, contact the Administration Office
at 847-635-1330, Fax 847-635-1326 or email at
The SPCP reserves the right to change the schedule, topics, and speakers, if necessary

Pre-Convention Schedule

Thursday, March 28 – Friday, March 29, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday Half Day 9-12
Train the Trainer


This highly acclaimed program is presented by SPCP Former Director and Trainer Member, Shanan Zickefoose, CPCP. While a required class for those with a goal to become SPCP trainer members, this program is also required regularly for certified trainer members as a review. Attendees have the opportunity to network with one another and to speak on particular subjects to enrich the program with new ideas. This exchange of ideas casts the seeds of new educational concepts and program development. Attendees of this class must be CPCP certified or scheduled to take their certification exam during the convention. Please refer to the SPCP website for other trainer member requirements or contact the office for an application packet. Attending this class does not qualify the attendee as an SPCP trainer member; additional requirements must be met. Please refer to the SPCP website for other trainer member requirements or contact the office for a Trainer Application Packet. Attending this class alone does not make one an SPCP trainer member..
Shanan Zickefoose BSN, RN, CPCP
Shanan began her career in permanent cosmetics in 2006 and owns a medical spa practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she practices all areas of permanent cosmetics. She has been an active member of the SPCP since 2007, including serving on the Board of Directors. Always driven by a challenge, she pursued and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Tulsa. Through her nursing specialties and personal family medical issues, it became clear that wound care was a passion that complimented her career and personal goals. Shanan recently authored a popular SPCP book, Principles of Infection Control for the Tattoo Industry, a must-read for anyone in our industry.

Friday, March 29, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Class
Laurna Marika
This is by far the most comprehensive, industry specific bloodborne pathogens program available for permanent cosmetic professionals. The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard will be covered, with an emphasis on needlestick guidelines, Hepatitis B and C, information on MRSA, exposure control plan requirements, recordkeeping, and the latest interpretation covering these topics as they relate to the body modification industry. A bloodborne pathogens class is a requirement for the CPCP exam and renewal, and may be purchased separately for non-convention attendees.
  Laurna Marika
Laurna is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for 10-hour and 30-hour General Industry programs. She has over eight years’ experience as an instructor teaching Bloodborne Pathogens and the Principles of Infection Control for the body modification industry. Laurna has taught classes ranging from onsite small studios to larger convention seminars. As a tradi¬tional tattoo artist and co-owner of Mr. Shorty’s Tattoo Emporium, LLC in Lexington, South Carolina, Laurna brings to her classes real life experience in how to introduce Bloodborne Pathogens Standard compliance into a working studio environment.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Pre-Convention Specialty Class
An Afternoon with Selen: Natural Eyebrow Creation

We are most excited to feature Selen Shenalp for this Pre-Convention Specialty Class. Her specialty is creating beautiful, natural-looking eyebrows, by working within the natural growth direction of the eyebrow hairs. Learn how Selen has mastered her own technique of blending the finest hairstrokes with powdering, creating stunning brows. She will also explain how she uses different colors to achieve a 3D look to complement and enhance each individual’s face with her Interlockıng Haırstrokes technique. Discover the secrets as to why Selen’s work is requested by celebrities and shown at international venues.

Selen Shenalp
Selen is internationally recognized as a permanent cosmetic eyebrow expert. Born in Cyprus, she attended London College of Fashion and graduated with a higher BTEC diploma in Art and Design. Her passion has always been in creative art. Selen has over thirteen years of experience in our field and has developed her own worldwide recognized brand. She has been living and working in London since 2012, where she has established herself as one of the leading artists and educators in our industry through her business Selenbeauty.
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Exhibitor Room Set-Up (Exhibitors Only)
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Early Registration and Check-In

Convention Schedule


Saturday, March 30, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. First Time Attendee Orientation
Grab your breakfast and meet us in the Exhibitor Room where you will meet the SPCP Board of Directors and learn how to make the best of your convention experience!
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration and Check-In.
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening Announcements
Keynote Speaker – Marjorie Grimm, CPCP
Marjorie Grimm, CPCP
Marjorie Grimm, CPCP, began her permanent cosmetics career in 1993. She served on the SPCP Board of Directors for two years and later returned to complete her term serving as President from 2003–2005. Marjorie has also served as the SPCP’s publicist, legislative consultant, the assistant editor for the SPCP Quarterly and management. She is a certified trainer member, a subject matter expert (SME), and for many years the lead instructor for the SPCP Train the Trainer Class. She is well-known as the author of the SPCP textbook, Permanent Cosmetics: The Foundation of Fundamental Applications and its companion workbooks. The textbook has not only been republished as a second edition, but a Spanish version will be available at the convention. Marjorie is recognized throughout the industry as a color theory expert and has been a consultant and educational mentor to many successful technicians. She is also a proud recipient of the SPCP Industry Leader Award and is a lifetime member. We are honored to have her share her wit, wisdom, and maybe reveal some secrets as our Convention Keynote Speaker.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Room Open – Day 1 of 2
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. SPCP Silent Auction
The silent auction starts today and runs through 3:30 Sunday
Meet with President Melisa Ferriola, CPCP to learn of the wonderful changes the SPCP is going through along with ensuring all members take advantage of all that SPCP has to offer. Q & A and member input is welcome.
10:10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Exhibitor Presentations
Half-hour vendor presentations will run throughout the day. Learn about the latest products and services and how they can enhance your business.  For a list of presenters and times, click here.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. SPCP Product Sales Booth Open
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 pm – 3:30 p.m. CPCP Exam
Pre-registration is required for the Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional Exam by Friday, March 15.
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Networking Reception – Rockin’ the 80s
One cannot deny that the networking receptions are one of the most popular events the SPCP conventions offer. Dress attire is optional, but who can resist dressing to the 80s? An alternate suggestion is SPCP’d-up T-shirts! Add all your SPCP pins, or draw the logo and use whatever was trending like Puffy Paint. We are planning poolside, weather permitting. FUN is the theme, no matter what!
Cash bar

Sunday, March 31, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. SPCP Booth Open 
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. SPCP Silent Auction
8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. General Seating
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Announcements and FUN!
9:30 a.m. – l0:45 a.m. Permanent Cosmetics for the Modern Male
While microblading is maintaining its place in the permanent cosmetic industry, men’s services are ever-increasing. Men are becoming more aware of their appearance as they tend to stay longer in the workplace now. They are also more aware of permanent cosmetics and giving it a try, even if barely noticed. In this presentation, attendees will learn two hot male trends, microblading and eyelash enhancement, and how to market them to your future clients.
Tamara D. Ferrigno, CPCP
Tamara started in the medical field, then migrated to the beauty industry before she made a career change to permanent cosmetics. She trained internationally on all facets of the industry. She is the owner of the MMSalon in Henderson, Nevada, and has developed her skill set to a style all her own, which is known as the natural look. Tamara has shared her skills with aspiring artists as well servicing celebrity clientele. Her attention to detail allows her to achieve some of the most realistic permanent makeup services.
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Managing the Claims Risk: What Every Professional Should Know
Presented by a veteran claims professional with over thirty years of experience, including eight years handling permanent cosmetic claims, this presentation will discuss the types of claim risks that are inherent to the permanent cosmetic professional, tips on how to manage those risks, and what to do when if and when claims are made against you.
Stephanie Petras
Stephanie is a Claims Analyst in the London Claims Group at Phelps Dunbar, LLP located in New Orleans. She has handled casualty and professional liability claims of all types for over thirty years, including many claims involving permanent cosmetics and tattoos. She holds industry designations of Associate in Risk Management and Casualty Claims Law Associate. She has been a panel speaker/presenter on claims/risk management for the Women’s Defense Research Institute and the Mental Health Corporation of America.
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Room Open
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Needle Mapping – Map your way to needle choices
Jill’s fifteen-year accumulative manual/machine needle experience and applied research provide insight into a wealth of information for effective needle choices for our industry. As professionals, we need to have a deep understanding for our needle choices to make sense. Not unlike our color choices, a needle choice requires analysis. Jill shares her innovative Needle Map (provided as a handout) that gives artists a thorough understanding and knowledge base to make educated needle choices. Included in the program are technique video tips for magnum needle artistry and pointillism.
Jill Hoyer, CPCP
Jill’s quest for knowledge and determination has led to a successful fifteen-year career in permanent cosmetics as an artist and an educator. Committed the craft, she continues her education worldwide. Jill develops her own techniques and focuses on ever-changing tattoo needle configurations available to our industry. She is a contracted areola tattoo artist for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health plans comprising of hospitals and its subsidiaries. Jill is also an esteemed SPCP Lifetime Member.
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Tricks and Tools: Working Without Pain
Anyone in our industry who has spent a great deal of time performing procedures will understand why we need this presentation. Lynn’s expertise is in posture and pain management, specializing in joint injuries. Owning a day spa for twenty-two years, she has the knowledge to teach us how to prevent hand disorders and elevating back pain, and how to work on ourselves and take control of our own pain throughout our careers. Look forward to massive improvements in our well-being in an industry where working without pain is paramount.
Lynn Van Norman
Lynn is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in working with pain management. She has forty-seven years’ experience and has taught in all the Western United States, plus Alaska and Hawaii; she teaches adult education for Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Lynn also taught for Gate-key Massage in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently teaches for the Institute of Integral Health. She was on the board of the Pain Society of Oregon, a multidisciplinary organization specializing in sharing information on how to treat pain
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Panel of Experts – Moderator, Debra Guastella, CPCP
The day culminates with one of the most popular presentations of Convention. Get answers to those pressing industry-related questions.
Debra Guastella, CPCP
Debra brings undisputable and recognized talents to the permanent cosmetic industry. Her flair for pageantry and ability to make all feel welcome as the official Convention Emcee is enjoyed by all who attend. As an SPCP Trainer Member, her technical talents lend to much sought-after fundamental and advanced training, specializing in areola regimentation procedures. Debra is an industry leader, speaker, and educator offering permanent cosmetic services in New Orleans and is a recipient of the prestigious Industry Leader Award.

Monday April 1, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. SPCP Booth open until NOON
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. General Seating & Announcements
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. STOP the Spread of Infections – It’s on our hands.
Infection control in the workplace is vital as the rise of healthcare associated infections have risen at an alarming rate. Ray will take us on a journey to understand the rationale for infection control standards in the tattoo environment. Today, we are witnessing an epidemic that has not been seen since the early 80’s. It was at that time the HIV virus hit the United States. It was also the time when bloodborne pathogens, isolation precautions, and sharps containers were all introduced to the healthcare setting, many of which we are using in our businesses.
Raymond T. Ranger
Ray is the Vice President of Environmental Services for Jani-King Gulf Coast. As a pioneer in the plastic disposable industry, he helped develop and design the first sharps disposal system in the market. He owned the patented rights for the first disposable Operating Room Kick Bucket in the industry. He served as Owner/President of Specialty Waste Management, a medical waste disposal company based in Louisiana, and was appointed to the Louisiana State Department of Environmental Quality to draft guidelines for the handling, transportation and disposal of regulated medical waste. Today, Ray travels the country teaching new and innovative techniques of cleaning procedures, safety and OSHA guidelines. The American Hospital Association certifies him as a Professional Health Care Environmental Services Executive.
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Reclaiming Beauty
One in five women will experience hair loss in their lifetime. This condition affects their self-esteem, intimacy, well-being, and overall mental health. Scalp tattooing is one of the most cost-effective ways to battle thinning hair, while instantly creating the illusion of hair density, giving back confidence while reclaiming beauty. Shauna will share her experience to better understand hair loss, anatomy, anesthetic use, needle configurations, pigment selection, aftercare as well as various practice technique to better hone your skills, behind this life- changing service.
Shauna Magrath, CPCP
An SPCP Trainer Member, Shauna has shared her knowledge and ingenuity about scalp tattooing internationally since 2012 before the techniques were widely known. Shauna, an Emmy Honors Makeup FX Artist with 25 years’ experience in film, is also the innovator behind SPR™ – Scalp Pigment Restoration. She founded BeautyInk®️ in 2008, an award- winning boutique, to help others feel their best. A philanthropist at heart, Shauna contributes to the Huffington Post as well as mentoring hundreds of beauty professionals worldwide as giving back is her deepest passion.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Round Table Discussions
Mastermind for Growth
Being a permanent cosmetic artist and entrepreneur is challenging, but even more difficult when you are making decisions on your own without knowledgeable support. This Mastermind Session is a chance to ask a question for peer brainstorming and get feedback from fellow professionals on a current struggle or puzzling challenge you are facing. The Mastermind is a unique opportunity for valuable support in a group setting to provide critical insights for leveling up faster so that you can have the success you want in your beauty business.
April Meese, CPCP
April Meese has been a permanent cosmetic professional since 2005. Her co-existing skincare expertise led to a special appearance on the Dr. Oz Show in 2010. April was soon elected to the SPCP Board of Directors and later received the SPCP Ambassador Award in 2017 for her continued assistance. She is currently the owner of Enhancing Beauty in NYC. Putting her business degree and marketing minor to good use, April founded April Meese Inc., where she offers popular online marketing courses for industry artists.
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Corrections: Our Biggest Challenge
Some of the most difficult procedures we face on a regular basis involve corrective work. In this presentation, Sarah will show us how to reshape uneven eyebrows, whether previously tattooed or the client’s own asymmetry. Learn how to choose, and when to use, proper color correctors and how to layer with target colors. Sarah will also share how to get good color retention into scar tissue areas and how to treat the traumatized skin simultaneously.
Sarah Hummel, CPCP
Sarah owns Thirty3 Stones Permanent Cosmetics & Training Center in Hesperia & Rancho Cucamonga California. She started her career as an Esthetician/Cosmetologist/Makeup Artist in 2001, but quickly moved to the permanent cosmetics industry in 2006, tirelessly honing her skills. Sarah is now a highly respected SPCP Trainer Member with a specialty is color corrections and working with scar tissue. She believes that total knowledge of skin anatomy and bloodborne pathogens for permanent cosmetics is key and trains her students on those bases.
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Raffle Hosted by the Board of Directors


SPCP 28th Annual Convention and Trade Show Exhibitor List (Pending)

  • Atomy Korean Skin Care
  • Bellaire Industry
  • Center for Applied Esthetics, Biotek
  • Cosmetic Tattoo Supply by Terry
  • Daria Chuprys PMU Academy
  • Dermal Source
  • Designs for Vision, Inc
  • Ever After Pigments
  • Karen Betts Professional
  • Mei-Cha Int
  • Micro-Pigmentation Centre
  • Procell Therapies
  • Purebeau, USA
  • Regina C Gold
  • SofTap Inc
  • Touchstone Crystal


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