GOLD Coast tattoo parlour operators have been left questioning the future of their businesses.
The Office of Fair Trading is cracking down on the industry, with new licensing and regulatory requirements.
Parlour owners are concerned, as after six weeks of the licensing blitz only 20 of the 254 applications in Queensland have been approved for operation.
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The Professional Tattooing Association of Australia has been particularly vocal on the issue.
They claim their members can have no certainty with such a slow process for approval.
It is reported that Fair Trading have so far sent around 53 parlour applications to the police for vetting.
Police background checks are part of a new suite of measures to ensure there are no criminal links to parlour operators.