All Tattooists to be Finger Printed, Palm Printed & Photographed for Government Database

Return to sender. Caloundra Tattoo Studio sends back letter stating non-compliance.
By General Maddox.
(Real News Australia) A Queensland tattoo parlour owner is using the power of social media to air his concerns of new draconian laws being imposed on Queenslanders. Sunshine Coast based Caloundra Tattoo Studio owner Angelo Garozzo has sent via registered post his response written on the very same letter he received.
“I will not be attending this gross violation of privacy that this ridiculous act forces on people. I will not be paying for any licence until it is amended”, is written and accompanied by his wet ink signature and name.


Angelo, who is admittedly a member of the Rebels Motorcycle Gang, is furious not only about the government wanting $1900 for the licence but the whole idea of what this actually represents. “It’s about the government saying you’re guilty until proven innocent not innocent until proven guilty. That’s what these laws really mean. Just like the VLAD law (Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill 2013). It’s about taking more and more of our rights away”, said Mr Garozzo.
Mr Garozzo says he’s not alone on this and that he’s aware of 20 other tattoo parlours on the Sunshine Coast alone who are up in arms about the new legislation titled Tattoo Parlours Act 2013 which came into effect on January 6, 2014. “I won’t be dictated to by a tyrant”, said Angelo. He’s yet to confirm however if he’s the only operator to take the stance of non-compliance to which he believes are unjust and unconstitutional laws.
Social media is proving to be an effective weapon in the fight for our rights. Numerous videos have surfaced (below) recently and gone viral exposing the harassment by Queensland Police against even social non-criminal motorcyclists. Mr Garozzo’s photo is no different. Within a few hours of posting it on the Caloundra Tattoo Studio Facebook page it’s seen well over 600 shares, over 1,200 likes and hundreds of comments with practically all of them showing their support for Mr Garozzo. This post has attracted more activity on his page than any other previous posts.

Mr Garozzo has uploaded his own video footage (below) of similar attention he has received by Queensland Police. Under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000police have the power to search your vehicle without a warrant if it’s being used or in possession by a member of a declared criminal organisation. Power, which Angelo believes, is being abused by the government. “Our rights are slowly being taken away and too many people have their hand in the sand. Most people don’t even want to hear about it”, he said.

According to Mr Garozzo only 0.4% of all crimes in Queensland are perpetrated by bikie gangs or gang members. “We’re not all bad guys. Back in the day we used to let people think that we were the meanest, toughest, baddest blokes around. We liked that image. Now, we’re all Grandfathers”.
It’s important for all Australians to know their rights and familiarise themselves with these new laws being passed. There’s a big misconception that the VLAD law is about bikies. In fact the word “bikie” or even “motorcycle” doesn’t even appear in the legislation and it’s irresponsible of the main stream media to label it the “Anti-Bikie Laws”. These laws set a dangerous precedent as it’s left wide open as to who the government may deem to be a “criminal organisation”. With the G20 coming to Brisbane in November this year the likelihood that groups present to protest the gathering of economic world leaders being added to that list is high.

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21 Comments on “All Tattooists to be Finger Printed, Palm Printed & Photographed for Government Database”

  1. Heath
    January 25, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    What about all the back yard tattoo wanna bee. They prosper. Something wrong here

    • Walter
      January 25, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

      Completely off topic Heath, come back when you’ve got something meaningful to add.

      • January 27, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

        Actually, not completely off topic. I think this legislation will increase the number of backyard operators.

  2. bill
    January 27, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    the fact that we operate under the Westminster system seems to evade people. Also, an “unconstitutional” act? why do people think we live in America? If the tattoo parlours don’t want to co-operate, then i guess they will be shut down.It is common knowledge to police that the majority of parlours are owned and operated by members to mc clubs. If the clubs didn’t want this sort of thing happening, then they should have reigned in the members that were operating criminally years ago as it is THOSE members ( and the public shoot-outs endangering bystanders) that have brought it all to this. The public are fickled, when shit was going down and people were getting hurt they wanted something done, now they got it.

    • Colin
      January 28, 2014 at 8:45 am #

      You’re pushing the government agenda there, Bill. It sounds like a lot of spin but I guess we’ll all see come election time.
      The shootings being done are basically the Hatfields and McCoys here in Australia – they’re family disputes. They are brazen enough to do it as they know people don’t have firearms to fire back at them. Do you think those that do a drive-by would be so brave if they thought someone might shoot back?
      As for your comment on “unconstitutional” and people thinking we are in America, Australia has a constitution and, according to Sect 109 of that constitution, all laws in Australia, whether state law or not, have to comply with the constitution.
      Did you know we had a constitution? You should read it sometime, it really is interesting to see what governments have been getting away with because people don’t know we have, nor have read, the constitution.

      • January 28, 2014 at 10:21 am #

        Couldn’t agree more Colin. Our complying with whatever they say, unconstitutional or not, is our way of saying yes we agree and submit to their will.
        I wrote this story mainly to highlight the fact the Mr Garozzo is showing his non-compliance with what he deems to be unconstitutional. He is exercising his rights under the constitution.
        Something we ALL need to do so the those that govern us know that we are in charge and hold the power.

      • January 31, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

        No use quoting the Constitution regarding our rights , all governments in Australia are corporations now (and have been for some time ) and operate under maritime law , it works like guilty till you prove your not . The Constitution has been removed by a slight of hand trick

  3. inlakesh
    January 28, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    problem reaction solution we get what they want us to, hiding in plain sight only able to walk a path with allowance toward your free will you must be the one to willingly give up your attention or energy what do you want to do with your power?! you can label somebody what you want we’re all human when it comes down to it and a human problem is what we have statistically it has been shown in america they would be better off with the mafia running the country, with that being said most power structures and associated corporations and companies would most definitely be funding and be funded by crime

  4. Nola
    January 28, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    I say stick up for you rights – tyrannts have no place in Australia. Newman should be jailed for taking our rights. When people see him for what he really is he and all his cronies will have to answer to all the laws they have broken. That includes the police who are upholding these unjust laws.

    • January 28, 2014 at 10:24 am #

      Although I agree with you in principal, Newman is a puppet. It’s his handlers that are the real threat to our rights.

  5. January 28, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    I’m with the General o7

  6. January 28, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    Reblogged this on conspiracyoz.

  7. January 28, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    Abbott is newmans boss, so they are both the ringleaders in all of this civil liberties and basic fundamental freedom rights taken away from us. It has come to many of our attentions that they know they will loose the next election so are now doing anything to grease their palms before they are gone, eg dumping at abbott point, world heritage great barrier reef, but someone is making an earn out of it and I bet my bottom dollar its them, just like there will be a loophole in this to grease their palms. Its all about greed and they know they are gone in 2015, so they are going to try every damn trick in the book to make a buck while they can

  8. January 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    What possible need does the government have, to have the tattoists finger and palm print? Absolutely none whatsoever

  9. David
    February 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    All licences are for things already lawful. If something is unlawful, asking for permission (a licence) can’t make it suddenly lawful.

    Why then ask for permission and pay for something that’s not even against the law?

    It can be only lawful if we previously agree to practice what we do under conditions that require us to get a licence, and get fingerprinted, photoed and palm printed to do tattooing.

    I wouldn’t say that I’m not complying. I’d say rather that I want to honour the law and so need to see the terms agreed on requiring me to have a licence, be photoed, finger and palm printed in order to practice my art. Otherwise they’d be pursuing an unsubstantiated request and can be reported for undue harassment.

  10. susan
    February 5, 2014 at 5:17 am #

    David who would we send our report to for undue harassment?

  11. David
    February 5, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    Gov agencies have to abide by codes of conduct, if you have written evidence for them overstepping their own codes of conduct, if you have evidence that you have remained honourable in dealing with them, and that you have a number of times requested for details that substantiate what they are saying is required, that you have given them a defined and reasonable time to respond and that they have denied, avoided or have not given you those details but instead threaten you financially or threaten your business, you have a clear claim of harassment. From that point you would create an affidavit detailing all this with this evidence, send it to them and send it to their ombudsman whose job it is to follow this up. What many don’t see value in is the power of clearly articulated truth with clear evidence from a person who is honourable, ethical and shown to have a sound mind. They only know how to deal with those who would react and fight. This gives them the justification to treat us as children that need laws to protect us from ourselves.

  12. Di
    February 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Bill you sound like someone who believes everything they read in the media. ‘The majority’ of Tattoo Studios are not owned by ‘bikies’ they are owned by hard working, tax paying, artists. They employ artists. Does this mean that anyone who creates art will be treated the same way?

  13. phillp
    February 6, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Order out of chaos, someone has to look at “why” the chaos is happening, so the public cry out for order.,…..does someone instigate it all so they can bring in tougher laws?

  14. Tattooed Public
    February 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    We’ve started the petition “Cambell Newman’s Liberal Party: Tattooed People United- Help protect your rights as a tattoos person.” and need your help to get it off the ground.

    Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here’s the link:

    Here’s why it’s important:
    We have started this petition to let tattooed people now what is happening with the new tattoo laws and how they affect them. We have listed some examples below.

    Did you know that the police can bring sniffer dogs into any tattoo shop without a search warrant, and can run the dogs over any clients car or persons if they wish. According to our health department regulations we cannot have dogs in the shop as they contaminate our sterile area and potentially your tattoo.

    New licensing laws forced onto tattoo studios $700 per artist and $1990 for the shops operator may see your preferred tattoo studio shut down due to the price alone, or see that fee built into your tattoo.

    As honest hard working Australian citizens your rights as a tattooed person are slowly being taken away from you. Reports of clients being harassed leaving studios or others stripped and photographed in public leave you labelled the criminal in front of any on lookers.

    Please sign our petition to have these laws amended before your the next victim proving your innocence just because you have a tattoo.

    Thankyou for you support.


    You can sign my petition by clicking here.

    The Tattooed Public

  15. Anthony
    February 6, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Now if they had the same laws for a cafe owners to have extra licencing along with the Baristas and waitresses and chefs/cooks to also have a licence so they can carry out their daily work, then there would be more media representation and outcry…….but no its the tattoo industry giving artists another avenue and a chance to show of their skills, that are the ones to suffer. All are labelled guilty criminals with out doing anything wrong!

    No More Outrageous Knee Jerk Laws

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