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04:07 PM
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A long-time supporter of the Needles & Sins family -- and long-time supporter of the tattoo community at large, Professional Program Insurance Brokerage is offering a holiday special to all N+S readers: 10% off on all new policies.

PPIB has been covering the tattoo & piercing industry for 20 years. Their programs include:
  • Tattoo Shop Insurance including all Artists
  • Tattoo Artist Insurance - as Independent Contractors
  • Professional Liability Insurance for Tattoo Shops
  • General Liability Insurance for Tattoo Shops
  • Minor Tattooing Insurance
  • Guest Artist Insurance
  • Body Piercing Insurance
  • Coverage at conventions
  • Mobile Units - including general liability
  • Communicable Disease Insurance
  • Sexual Abuse Insurance
  • Apprenticeship Program Insurance
  • Property Insurance for fire, theft, and other related perils
  • Coverage for Signs, Glass, Flash, Loss of Business Income
They treat tattooers like professions and not policy premiums. There are no background checks on artists or piercers; no customer medical history limitations; no certificate of training requirements; and the policy is not auditable.

For more info contact: or call 415.475.4300. Check them online at
11:05 AM
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In this lawsuit crazed society, it seems no one is safe from ridiculous claims. You'd be surprised that even the most frivolous sounding suits have won in court or settled with a big payday. The money and time spent defending against these attacks can cause a huge strain on tattooists, and so one of the most important ways studios can protect themselves is by having the right insurance. This weekend at the NYC Tattoo Convention, I heard one new shop owner say that, when he approached an insurance broker for coverage, the response was "I have no idea how to even do this." So, I suggested he contact those who have been taking care of tattooists and piercers since 1993: 

Profession Program Insurance Brokerage, a new sponsor of Needles & Sins.

We asked Susan Preston, the founder and president of PPIB, to give us examples of insane claims against tattoo shops she's seen. Here's her stiletto heels story:

A shop cannot control what women wear into their shop. For some unknown reason women like to wear stiletto heels to their friendly neighborhood tattooer or body piercer. In the last 4 years, we have had three claims from stiletto heels. The most notable one was in a shop that had a checkerboard floor. The woman claimed the floor made her dizzy and that is why she tripped and fell. One and one half years later, we had paid out a total of $49,000 in defense of this claim. The woman did not receive a dime from the insurer because the stiletto heels were a good defense of ours. A woman really wears them at her own risk. Be that as it may, if the shop did not have insurance that $49,000 in legal fees and defense would have come out of their own pocket or they would have had to declare bankruptcy.
Then there's one about a tattoo artist's dog biting his (then) girlfriend in the shop:

If your dog bites someone, there is no defense in law. The dog owner is totally liable. When a dog bites your significant other in your tattoo shop because he is jealous of the affection, it could test the relationship to the max. If the desire is to keep the significant other from suing, the dog owner may need to keep the lover around at least as long as the statute of limitations in the state. In a state with a statute that is 3 or 4 years, this could be a really bad thing. When this happened to one of our tattoo clients, the shop/dog owner decided the woman was not worth it so he booted her out of his life. And guess what? He got a lawsuit from her. Luckily the bite was more of a nip, so the payout was not too big. While the girlfriend is long gone, the dog is still around, although not in the tattoo shop.
Beyond stiletto heels and shop dogs, there are misspellings, misinterpreted sexual advances, mistakes in Kanji meanings, and of course infection and other serious risks. So it's best to have insurance that covers all potential claims, and PPIB has the experience in doing so. [Their staff are also tattooed.] PPIB is a member of the Association of Professional Piercers and the Alliance of Professional Tattooists.

Contact them at or 415-475-4300 for more info.
04:37 PM

What could be better than discussions and close-ups of tattoos in the seventies set to music my parents had on 8-track tape?  Watch the video above and try to come up with something.

Also check Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

The third and fourth are mostly close-ups of tattoos, with a lot of boobs and butts and creative posing. The tattoos include facial work and a big penis in one's armpit. In Part 5, there are some large gauge nipple and genital piercing, so yeah, not work safe.

But so many reasons to love, love, love:
  • * Straight-razor shaving
  • * Rotary machines
  • * Rusty Skuse
  • * Flash of pin-up girls in bell-buttomed jumpsuits
  • * "Thunder pussy"
  • * And other quotes like, "Most men tend to go for animals and fierce animals, at that ...You certainly don't find cows or ordinary field animals." Indeed.

And yeah, there are a couple of things that aren't pretty like tattooing with no gloves and dirty fingernails and lots of rings.

Overall, this movie made me very happy. And inspired to wear bell-buttomed jumpsuits.

Thanks again, Broken.
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