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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 February 12, 2018. 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 “SFSPC8
for the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals to ensure our group rate of
$109/night Sun-Thu and $149/night Fri-Sat
$29/night resort fee and 12% 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 p.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.

Group Entertainment Options

Cirque du Soleil® is pleased to offer exclusive discount ticket rates for Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals convention attendees. Show tickets can be purchased online through the links below or in-person at any Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas Theatre Ticket Office by presenting your SPCP credentials.


Cirque du Soleil® also recommends
Blue Man Group at Luxor in Las Vegas
Nightly at 7:00pm and 9:30pm


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 $8-$10 plus gratuity each per person, each way. To find a shuttle a service visit
They are also located at the west side of the baggage claim at McCarran Airport, outside door exits 7-12. Taxi fare is approximately $26.00.

Roommate Requests

If you would like the SPCP to help you find a roommate for the Convention, you must fill out the Roommate Request Form and return it with your registration as soon as possible or if you are registering online, please write in the notes that you need a roommate and what your check in and check out dates are. It is hard to find roommates as the convention nears. Remember February 12th 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!

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, our Client Forms Pack, 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 the Fundamental Application.

Cancellation Policy

CANCELLATION POLICY: A refund less an $80 processing fee will be made upon written request prior to March 2, 2018. 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 2, 2018 postmark deadline.

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 15 – Friday, April 16, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday Half Day 9-12
Train the Trainer
Shanan Zickefoose, CPCP
This highly acclaimed program is presented by past SPCP Director Shanan Zickefoose, BSC, RN, 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 will 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 facilitates new educational concepts and program development.

Attendees of this class must be CPCP certified or scheduled to take their certification exam during the conference. 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. There is no separate certificate awarded for attending this class.

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 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.

Friday, March 16, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 1:00 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 traditional 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.


Creating Form and Correcting Anatomy
Kelly Mabel, MA

Many have expressed an interest in advancing their skills in designing procedure work, especially areolas. Kelly Mabel – Visual Arts Department Chair and AP Studio Art Instructor of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts will be your guide. Participants will complete multiple graphite and pen exercises to gain an understanding of how to realistically shade the sphere, which is the basic form and building block for recreating organic human anatomy. Attendants will apply this knowledge to advanced drawings that are directly applicable to complex shading of the nipple/areola, eyes, and mouth.

  Kelly Mabel, MA
A graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education and Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, Kelly is currently the Visual Arts Department Chair and AP Studio Art Instructor of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. In 2011, she initiated the National Art Honor Society LVA Chapter, and began community partnerships with local galleries and major art sponsors. Her Las Vegas Academy AP students have ranked in the top 5% in the nation for over 17 years. She is the Managing Director of the “VOICE” art competition, a member of the Showgirl Legacy Art Competition Board of Directors, and was selected to be part of the CCSD AP Studio Art Teacher Cadre.
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 17, 2018

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 Vendor 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. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Room Open – Day 1 of 2
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. SPCP Silent Auction
The silent auction starts today and runs through 1:30 Sunday
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 am Town Hall Meeting
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. There will be plenty of time for Q & A and member input.
10:45 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.
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 2nd.
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Networking Reception
The Masquerade Ball
One cannot deny that the networking receptions are one of the most popular events the SPCP conventions offer. Dress attire is optional, but don’t miss the opportunity to show off your beautiful homemade mask (or purchased… a few will be available onsite.)
Cash bar

Sunday, March 18, 2018

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. – 1:30 p.m. SPCP Silent Auction
8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. General Seating
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Official Welcome and Announcements
9:30 a.m. – l0:45 a.m. Digging Up the Dirt: Organic and Inorganic Pigments
Pigments are a fundamental ingredient of a technician’s garden. Get the dirt on pigment ingredients, colorants, powders, inks, formulas, and why there is confusion over iron oxides and organics. Pat will shed light on the most common misconceptions, the hard facts on colorant exemptions and permissions, and understanding how to read labels and Safety Data Sheets. What are color index numbers? How are tattoo pigments formulated? How do I know when, what, and why to use certain pigments? Feel confident in making educated choices for your needle and get all of your questions answered in this comprehensive lecture.
  Pat Shibley-Gauthier, CPCP
Pat is celebrating her 38th year in the permanent makeup industry. A past SPCP board member, an SPCP trainer member, international educator and speaker, she is based in Toronto, Canada and owns MicroPigmentation Centre, Inc. Her passion and history in the industry has awarded her with the success of many graduates becoming part of the A-list artists in cosmetic tattooing. Her service into the industry has been fully accomplished with manufacturing and providing pigment formulations to the industry for 25 years.
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Room Open Day 2 of 2
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Where Do I Go From Here?
Whether you are just starting out or an old seasoned pro, Aaron and Hayley Gabriel will provide helpful marketing tools, insights, and ideas to ignite a new spark in your business. They will be going over the different ways to utilize Facebook and Instagram back end advertising tools, and show you the importance of Google Adwords. You will learn how to use Google analytics, and much more. Be prepared to take notes – they are dedicated to help our industry and will hold nothing back!
Aaron and Haley Gabriel
Aaron and Hayley Gabriel are a dynamic duo. Aaron, founder of Permanent Cosmetics Marketing, has done marketing for industry titans like Nickelodeon and AT&T while his wife, Hayley Gabriel, CPCP, founder of True Life Canvas Permanent Cosmetics, is a successful SPCP trainer member and permanent cosmetic artist. Together they have a unique perspective with incredible insight into our industry. Over the past five years they have worked with many cosmetic tattoo artists who are considered icons in the industry. They have a true passion to help others succeed and grow a healthy business.
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Skin Gene-yus: The secret to young skin is in your genes
Keep Skin young with your DNA analysis – You can be the fifty year-old, looking thirty. DNA 16 main genes determine how your skin ages and what you can do to help halt that progression!
Knowing your client’s skin DNA type will give the permanent cosmetic professional a better knowledge of why skin is what it is and how to best handle each client.
Kelly Burkenstock, MD
Dr. Burkenstock is an internal medicine specialist with extensive training in anti-aging and skin rejuvenation. As the founding director of Skin Body Health, her goal is to use fewer prescription medications and more natural solutions to health conditions pertaining to the skin and body. She is a longstanding member of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology, and continued to study with luminaries, most recently throughout Europe, bringing back the latest cross-cultural techniques and advances in skin rejuvenation, vitality, and longevity.
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Confused About Pigment Removal?
In the world of permanent cosmetics we can find ourselves, as the old saying goes, painted into a corner. In that corner might be a migration, pigment out of line, bad color selection, or a minor or major mistake. We may not have created the problem; but, now it is ours to solve. What does it involve? Learn about removal processes such as laser, saline, acid, or magnesium products. Dixie will provide information on the science behind these processes in order to make competent recommendation and/or train to perform these procedures.
  Dixie Medford, CPCP
Dixie began her permanent cosmetic career in the late 1980’s and has served the SPCP Board of Directors as president. Dixie is a published author and public speaker; has been featured on ABC, 20/20, Fox 4 and NBC News. She is the founder of the Regina-C skin care line and Regina-C Gold TattX pigment remover, through which she has been seeking effective pigment removal processes with effective results and minimal scarring since 2003. She is a highly regarded trainer in removal as well as all permanent cosmetic techniques.
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 event Coordinator/Emcee is enjoyed by all who attend. Her technical talents lend to much sought-after fundamental and advanced training, specializing in areola regimentation procedures. Debra is an industry leader, speaker, and industry trainer offering permanent cosmetic services in New Orleans and is a recipient of the prestigious Industry Leader Award.

Monday March 19, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. General Seating & Announcements
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The World of Permanent Cosmetic Lip Color
Karen Betts, CPCP
Will take you on a worldwide tour of how we use permanent cosmetic lip tattooing to enhance the client’s natural lips and provide new dimensions. Your tour will include the most subtle of blushed lip liners, redefining the natural lip vermilion border for symmetry, and the restoration of diminished natural color. Along the way, Karen will address important information about tattooing lips for people of color, and medical tattooing of cleft lips and survivors of injuries.
  Karen Betts, CPCP
Karen serves the SPCP as a Director and the Education and International Outreach Chair. She is a highly regarded SPCP trainer and supplier member, having spoken at several SPCP events over her twenty years in the industry. Alongside being the Managing Director of K.B Pro and Nouveau Beauty Group, one of the UK’s leading academies for beauty and permanent cosmetics training, Karen has won many awards which pay great testament to her hard work and contribution to the permanent cosmetics industry. These include the SPCP Industry Leader Award 2015 and being crowned ‘Woman of the Year’ at the prestigious 2014 Natwest Every Woman Awards, amongst many other accolades.
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Science of Permanent Cosmetics
The aesthetic specialization of the traditional tattoo through time was shaping the permanent cosmetics industry. In daily practice, this may seem predominantly technological: machines, needles, pigments, implements, etc. But deepening in any matter in this regard are the scientific bases that gave rise to innovation and development. In this presentation we will discover them, making the professional think about how this evolution took place and understanding the causes and effects that lead to the application of successful procedures. Remember that science is in everything that exists, therefore it is in permanent cosmetics.
Hector Guisa, CPCP
Hector is an SPCP Director and trainer member who started twenty two years ago in the permanent cosmetics industry. He has taught classes to more than five thousand technicians, and is the creator of the only tattoo school in Mexico. Hector is an author, translator, international lecturer, and creator of the most complete permanent cosmetic educational program from initial to training of instructors in Mexico. He has worked intensely to make this industry official in his country. He has been distinguished with important national and international recognitions including SPCP Ambassador and a recipient of the Industry Leader Award.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Round Table Discussions
Pat Shibley-Gauthier, CPCP – Moderator
Back by massive popular demand, convention attendees, in small group format, will be given a scenario by moderator, Pat Gauthier, to discuss and formulate solutions that will be presented to the other attendees. This is a great way to learn, hear, and share new ideas from your peers.
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Stardust Eyebrows – Single Needle Creation
Angie Kwiatkowski, CPCP
Will share how she beautifully creates a very soft, powdery effect with a single needle technique. Discover how she avoids harsh, blocked edges by varying saturation and intensity in the skin and the importance of a proper transition from bulb to tail. Learn how the old pointillism technique has now become advanced through varying deposits of color, the correct touch, and a lot of patience and practice. When these brows are correctly created, the results can be outstanding.
  Angie Kwiatkowski, CPCP
Angie is an SPCP trainer member and has been in the permanent cosmetic industry since 2000. She combines the art of facial geometry, design, and color theory to create a beautiful, natural look that she will be sharing with us. Ongoing studies and continuing education in USA and Europe led her to become Certified Trainer of the Sviatoslav Otchenash Academy. Angie’s professionalism and dedication to the field of permanent cosmetics has earned the respect of local, national, and international colleagues.
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Raffle Hosted by the Board of Directors


SPCP 27th Annual Convention and Trade Show Exhibitor List (Partial)

Saturday March 17 and Sunday March 18

Bellaire Industry
Classic Beauty Concepts
Custom Beautech
Daria Chuprys
Ever After Pigments
Girlz Ink
Karen Betts, Ltd. www,
Mei-Cha Global
Micropigmentation Centre US
NaturaLook Permanent Cosmetics
Nouveau Contour USA
Procell Therapies
Professional Programs Insurance Brokerage
Terry Lively’s Cosmetics Tattoo Supply
Zensa Skin Care/Numbing Cream


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