On September 24-26, 2013, The Alliance of Professional Tattooists will hold their fourth annual Tattoo Trade Show at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year will feature seminars from some of the industry’s best and brightest tattooers; Professional Business Practices and Ethics with Don Corah, needle building with Thadeus Pasky, machine building with Scott Sterling, black and grey with Jack Rudy (who also serves as a member on the APT board of directors), and many more.
One of the other highlights of this years event is the honoring and induction of John Montgomery for his dedication, contributions and service to the world of safe and quality tattooing induction into the APT as a recognized, well versed and respected member of the tattoo community. Montgomery, who runs the Grand Tattoo Lodge in Redlands, CA, will also be conducting an Old School Pigment Mixing Seminar to further propel tattooing knowledge to emerging professional artists. No stranger to tattoo ink, Montgomery is the co-owner of Alla Prima Ink, a pigment based, predispersed high quality ink, free of any solvents PET plastics and acrylics.
Established in 1992, The Alliance of Professional Tattooists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education, health, safety and proper practice in the tattoo industry. The first of it’s kind, the APT aims to be a self-regulating organization for tattoo shops and tattoo artists across the country, something they believe political legislature cannot efficiently and fairly implement. The APT is run by President Mike Martin, VP Flip Buchanan, Secretary Don Corah and Treasurer Tim Corley. Though the word "alliance" or "association" might be offputting or unsettling, the APT has grown leaps and bounds and has emerged as a well respected force and authority to ensure safe practice in tattooing.
Because of their lack of knowledge or experience in the tattoo world, and their misconceptions and prejudices, the new laws and regulations that are enforced by legislation are often detrimental to the tattoo industry, so APT has worked its way into prestige, professionalism and legitimacy to become an authoritative voice in the tattoo industry, respected by those inside and out.
APT offers a signature six hour comprehensive course designed for tattooers that are looking to increase their knowledge and expertise in the fields of microbiology, disease, immunization, sterilization, disinfection and bloodborne pathogens standards. Through a unified and organized educational effort by volunteers that aim to make the tattoo industry as safe and prosperous as possible, APT set the standard high for serious tattooers and work together to make the industry the best it can be.
Congratulations to Montgomery and hats of to the APT for working hard and for the right reasons to achieve their goals, elevating tattoo practices to the highest caliber and professionalism. It’s not something to take lightly; aspiring tattoo artists are popping up every day, and aren’t always practicing their craft safely. Organizations like the APT exist in order to police the tattoo community through knowledge and not legislative ignorance. For more information visit http://apttattooconvention.com or http://www.safe-tattoos.com.