The Alliance of Professional Tattooists, Inc., is a nonprofit, voluntary alliance of tattoo professionals dedicated to promoting advances in tattooing health and safety and to disseminating that information.
The APT freely shares information to help members, tattoo artists, health care professionals, legislators, health inspectors and the public get the best and most up-to-date information on tattooing health and safety.
How Did the APT start?
The concept for the Alliance of Professional Tattooists (APT) was introduced in 1991, in Secaucus, NJ at a National Tattoo Association Convention, when a group of like-minded tattooists recognized a need to address health and safety issues within tattooing. A small, ad hoc group met shortly afterward in Glen Burnie, MD and by May of 1992, nonprofit status was approved. and shortly after, in San Diego, CA the very first tattoo specific bloodborne pathogens training titled, Preventing Disease Transmission in Tattooing or PDTT for short was given to 70 plus new members.
As the popularity of tattooing has grown, scrutiny from health officials and lawmakers has increased as well, creating a real need for consistent safety practices throughout the trade. The APT, a non-profit Business League, is devoted to uniting professional tattooists and educating all stakeholders on tattoo safety standards and best practices.
It is a member driven organization which is only as strong as the people in it.
We were pioneers then and we continue to forge the way today. With our public outreach we offer seminars as well as publications to the general public explaining safe practices and what to expect from a dedicated, professionally run tattoo shop. What good is running your business in the most responsible manner possible if the general public thinks every tattoo shop is equal? While talent is everywhere, those who care enough to provide the safest environment for their clients are not. Let the public know the difference.
Regulatory agencies have reached out for help and repeatedly the APT has responded with helping guide sane and responsible rules and laws. While we do not want any outside regulation of our industry, we understand it is here and it is not going away. We need to be involved, so as to not be bogged down with unreasonable regulation. Do you think you are dedicated enough to tattooing to become a member?
The APT is a membership driven professional business league which is focused on health and safety and the promotion and preservation of the art of Tattooing.
We are a 501(c)(6) nonprofit.
In 1992, the very first Bloodborne Pathogens Training Program specifically focused on tattooing and safety protocols was implemented to a group of 70 plus members of the newly formed Alliance of Professional Tattooists, Inc.
That program, which we call the Preventing Disease Transmission in Tattooing, or PDTT for short, has served as the gold standard for proper tattoo safety. It has seen many updates and changes in these past three decades and continues to change with our times.
Tiny Tats was born out of the spirit of grassroots fundraising by our members as a way to generate funds for APT projects.
Tiny Tats is staged as a community based event to create local awareness for the public and artists in regard to safe execution of the tattoo process.
In 2010, we held our first Trade Show in the Kansas City, MO area, near to our Home Office. In 2012, we moved to Las Vegas where, each year we've grown and gathered more interest in product innovation and techniques.
Additionally, seminars in a variety of tattoo-relevant subjects are given to satisfy ongoing education requirements which are now required in many states.
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We are a Board of Directors who work voluntarily to achieve the goals set forth by our bylaws and by steerage from our membership. We dedicate time, daily, for conference calls, brainstorming and the sharing of information.