Huge rise in tattoo parlour licences

Skin Graffiti Tatoo Parlour on Library Street, Wigan is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Pictured showing off some of the artwork created by themselves are, from left,  Shop Manager Howard Avery, Body Piercer Sam Williams, and Tattooists Adam Fairhurst and Dan Sharples

Skin Graffiti Tatoo Parlour on Library Street, Wigan is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Pictured showing off some of the artwork created by themselves are, from left, Shop Manager Howard Avery, Body Piercer Sam Williams, and Tattooists Adam Fairhurst and Dan Sharples

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THE NUMBER of licences requested for tattoo parlours in Wigan borough has risen every year for the past decade with 11 new applications received this year alone by Wigan Council.

Figures released through a Freedom of Information request to Wigan Council revealed that between 2005 and 2008 there were only six applications to the local authority for tattoo licence registrations

However, between 2009 and 2012 this had risen to 23.

A further eight were submitted in 2013 and so far this year a further 11 have been requested. The news comes following a new Experian report for Britain as a whole has found the number of parlours across the UK leapt by 173 per cent in the past decade.

Dan Sharples a tattooist at Skin Graffiti on Library Street said the rise is definitely noticeable but warned consumers to be wary.

Dan said: “It’s fairly obvious in Wigan that there are more tattoo parlours everywhere. I’ve been doing it for 13 years and when I started I think there were about three in the whole borough.

“Now there are loads. There is definitely a demand for tattoos but the problem is anybody can get a licence – it doesn’t mean they are good at it. My advice is to always check the portfolio of the artists first and ensure that the shop is clean.

“There are too many poor artists trading these days so be sure before you commit.”