Police have raided a private home in Alstonville after receiving information that a backyard tattoo parlour was operating from the home.
They seized a large amount of related equipment, including 30 tattoo guns, 58 containers of ink, 411 needles, a further 228 needles with holders, and a large number of stencils.
Police also located in excess of 200 used tattooing needles that were overflowing out of a sharps container in the room.
It is a requirement in New South Wales that all tattoo parlours and their tattooists are licensed by the Department of Fair Trading and they need to be registered with the local council. Registered tattoo parlours are inspected by health officials to ensure they are meeting health and hygiene standards. Legitimate tattoo parlours have their Tattoo Operators Licence displayed and are registered with their local Council.
Police are seeking information from any person who may have received a tattoo from a home in Alstonville over the past six months, and asking them to contact Alstonville Police Station on 6628 0244.