Industry News

June 2020
FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem
FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.
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April 2020
A notice from AFDO & BAEA:
ATTENTION BODY ARTISTS! Please STOP performing body art procedures during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Body Art Education Alliance (BAEA) supports the current guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for preventing the spread and infection of COVID-19. Avoid unnecessary risk and please, stop performing body art procedures until health authorities declare the pandemic under control and the danger has subsided. The BAEA recommends until regulators have approved a return to business following current CDC guidelines.
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April 2020
New Recommendations for Hepatitis C Screening
We have heard for several years now that those of the baby boomer generation should be screened for Hepatitis C. Now all adults and pregnant women should be screened for hepatitis C according to CDC’s new screening recommendations.

October 2019
NEHA Body Art Model Code
Just over twenty years ago, environmental health professionals and industry experts developed the first NEHA Body Art Model Code (BAMC). In the time since the original code was released, body art has become much more accepted, diverse, and popular.
In Spring of 2016, NEHA began working with subject matter experts and national partners to develop an updated Body Art Model Code (BAMC). The updated BAMC was created with input from environmental health and industry professionals, and addresses the ways body art impacts public health, both old and new. The BAMC is available for local and state agencies and other organizations to use as a resource to update their own body art codes and protect public health.  Read More. 

October 2019
FDA Warning Letters Issued
An organization the SPCP belongs to, the Association of Food and Drug Officials (Body Art Committee) sent the following to committee members that they…became aware that on October 1, 2019 the FDA sent out warning letters to Intenze Product Inc,, Color Art, Inc. DBA Solid Ink, and Dynamic Color regarding adulterated and misbranded cosmetics.  Read More.

October 2019
What tattoos really do to our bodies’ immune systems
Tattooing creates a permanent image by inserting ink into tiny punctures under the topmost layer of skin. Your body interprets a new tattoo as a wound and responds accordingly, in two general ways. Innate immune responses involve general reactions to foreign material. So getting a new tattoo triggers your immune system to send white blood cells called macrophages to eat invaders and sacrifice themselves to protect against infection.  Read More

July 2019
AFDO BAC Tattoo Ink and Permanent Makeup Labeling Guide Press Release
As the body art industry continues to evolve and become more mainstream, there is a focus on the regulation of tattoo inks and permanent makeup. Just as important as the quality of the inks is their safety. Guidelines have been developed to help those who are involved in the creation, use, and regulation of products in the body art industries see the benefits and minimize the risks often believed to be associated with such products and their use. The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Body Art Committee has released the Tattoo Ink and Permanent Makeup Labeling Guide.  Read More.

May 2017
New Hepatitis C Infections Nearly Tripled over Five Years
Over just five years, the number of new hepatitis C virus infections reported to CDC has nearly tripled, reaching a 15-year high, according to new preliminary surveillance data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Because hepatitis C has few symptoms, nearly half of people living with the virus don’t know they are infected and the vast majority of new infections go undiagnosed.

January, 2017
Facebook apologizes for taking down tattoo artist’s work on breast cancer survivors
Facebook has apologized for disabling the account of an artist whose posts were intended to showcase tattoos for breast cancer survivors who had undergone reconstructive surgery. reported that Kerry Soraci’s page Tattoos by Kerry Soraci was disabled Dec. 30, because it featured “content that is sexually suggestive/contains nudity” and thus did not follow the site’s “community standards.”

December, 2016
Oregon Public Health Division Publishes Tattoo Safety Video
People don’t think of a tattoo as a medical procedure, but it does create an open wound and that can lead to infections.  So, Oregon has released a new video to encourage tattoo parlor owners to keep their facilities clean.

September, 2016
FDA Update: A Tattoo for You? Seven Key Questions to Consider
There are many tattooed Americans. Surveys estimate that about one in five Americans now has at least one.
And with the rising popularity of tattoos, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also seeing an increase in reports of people developing infections from contaminated tattoo inks, as well as having bad reactions to the inks themselves, according to Linda Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director of FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors.
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September, 2016
FDA issues final rule on safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Some manufacturers have already started removing these ingredients from their products.

March, 2016
FDA Proposes Ban on Most Powdered Medical Gloves
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a proposal to ban most powdered gloves in the United States. While use of these gloves is decreasing, they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to health care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them, which cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling.

March 2016
Tattoos Could Help Boost Your Immune System
Tattoo aficionados who appreciate the creative license behind professional inking can now take solace in the potential health benefits of tattoos.   Researchers have found that getting tattoos could strengthen the immune system, helping fight common infections.

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.”

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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

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.

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.