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Legal Rights with Tattoos in Canberra?

By bam_bam - 5 May 2011 12

I just got my first tatt a week ago but its wonky! I went to a local tattoo parlour. The lady that did it was really nice but as soon as she’d finished I thought to myself it that one half of it was smaller than the other and the line was a bit wobbly. I thought maybe it was just the ink that was left on it and I was nervous because it was my first time. I let it slide but its a week later and its still looks wrong. Its peeling now (normally) and I know it will look different when its completely healed but regardless of that it will be wobbly and uneven! I’ve followed all the instructions super carefully because I’m want to make sure it heals well.

I went in today to speak with the tattooist and she just flatly refused to admit it was wobbly. Then she had a go at me and said I must have been scratching at it and it was all my fault!!!! I don’t know what to do! I know I’ve taken perfect care of it. I did absolutely everything she told me to do. This is her work not my healing!

Are they legally required to fix it? Would this come under something the ACCC would deal with? I’m pretty sure it can be fixed but I just can’t believe that she’s permanently branded me with wobbly lines and she doesn’t care.

Has this ever happen to anyone here? Help!

[ED – let’s concentrate on the legal recourses in the ACT rather than the individual tattoo parlour]

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12 Responses to
Legal Rights with Tattoos in Canberra?
fgzk 3:42 pm 10 Aug 11

molongloid Translation please. Just for the simple folk.

Jo, I would ask someone with lots of tatts. There are a few here. You might be lucky.

jojo11 3:29 pm 10 Aug 11

Hi, i too went and got my first tattoo and the women who done it also done mine wonky and looks like i could of done it myself, i also got a bit of attitude and was told that the area i got mine done does not always turn out the way it’s suppose to and she said that she told me that before hand which she did not, and didn’t really care and kinda brushed me off, may be the same place you went to! Anyway i am not aware about the laws when it comes to tattoo’s but i should look into it. I have left it too long as i was scared to go back to her and risk her stuffing it up even more. I will have to go somewhere else and pay the money for it to be fixed, but i will never go back to her or that establishment.
Jo

Swaggie 3:34 pm 05 May 11

This just confirms my view that tatts just make it easy for the rest of us to identify the brain dead in society….

tonkatuff82 11:54 am 05 May 11

And which tattoo parlour have you walked past recently Bam_Bam?

colourful sydney rac 11:51 am 05 May 11

John Moulis said :

Tattoos? Ya pay ya money and take your chances. I had no complaints about mine when I had them done at The Illustrated Man, Sydney in the 1980s.

Ah, Tony Cohen has made a dollar or two out of me as well 🙂

mp2615 11:31 am 05 May 11

Hmm, I thought all the local shops were rebel omcg 1% franchises. So I’m sure they would have excellent customer sastifaction policies.

John Moulis 10:56 am 05 May 11

Tattoos? Ya pay ya money and take your chances. I had no complaints about mine when I had them done at The Illustrated Man, Sydney in the 1980s.

triffid 10:52 am 05 May 11

eh_steve said :

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The Trade Practices Act has been slightly amended and renamed the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, so it might be worth scanning the contents and seeing if anything stands out.

The other recent development is that Consumer Guarantees have just come into effect, check out the consumer guarantees section of the accc website – http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/3863 – for some useful info.

It’s definitely on the ACCC’s turf, if it is indeed wonky or otherwise defective.

As I understand it, the ‘old’ TPA remains as a schedule to the ‘new’ CCA. But, you’re right about the consumer guarantee provisions. I think you’ll find, though, that the ‘enforcement’ of the CCA in that respect, in the ACT, is the responsibility of the ACT Office of Regulatory Services (rather than the ACCC).

colourful sydney rac 10:44 am 05 May 11

suck it up and go to another tattooist to get it fixed – it won’t cost too much and it is really not worth the fight.

BigBadWoof 10:40 am 05 May 11

Most tattoo artists would be horrified that you weren’t happy with what you got. I’m not sure about the ACCC route, but sounds like your best bet would be to go to another tattoo artist and get them to fix it. When I got mine done, I was told if anything went bad then they would fix it free of charge, even if it was a result of me scratching it.

Sounds like you picked the wrong place to go to.

Reprobate 10:11 am 05 May 11

You wanted some ink to make you stand out, and now you’ve got it… problem?

eh_steve 9:57 am 05 May 11

pic?

The Trade Practices Act has been slightly amended and renamed the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, so it might be worth scanning the contents and seeing if anything stands out.

The other recent development is that Consumer Guarantees have just come into effect, check out the consumer guarantees section of the accc website – http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/3863 – for some useful info.

It’s definitely on the ACCC’s turf, if it is indeed wonky or otherwise defective.

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