French tattooists’ union turns to the European courts. If you answer YES to at least one of these questions, wherever you practice as a tattoo artist in Europe…
Have you lost more than half of your colours since 2022?
Have you ever had healing problems with Reach inks?
Do you think the new Reach inks are bad?
Do you work with ‘non-compliant’ inks? (Because you have no choice…)
Do you have fewer customers than before the Covid crisis?
Are you thinking of closing down your business or moving to a private shop?
…Then you need to worry!
For the past two years, together with @savethepigments, the ESTP (European Tattoo Society on Pigments and tattoo research) and other professional associations through CETA (Council of European Tattoo Associations), SNAT, the French tattoo trade union, has been constantly sounding the alarm about the restrictions and bans caused by the REACH regulation as of January 2022.
Having examined the political-legal methods available in France, SNAT has chosen another route to challenge this regulation: that of turning to the European Court of Justice to establish the faults and responsibilities of the European Union for the consequences of the REACH regulation.
To support this action and prove the extent of the damage, it is necessary for as many French and European tattooists as possible to join SNAT‘s appeal by taking individual legal action.
120 euros. This is the amount demanded by the Maître Di Vizio’s law firm, appointed by he SNAT for a class action; they need to assemble individual cases to obtain compensation for the damages suffered by each tattoo artist since the entry into force of the REACH regulation on inks: drop in business, loss of turnover, loss of concerned customers, increase in professional costs, impact on artistic creation, obligation to use poor products, forced fraudulent use, and so on.
Did you know that a specialised lawyer’s fee for such an appeal is usually around 400€ (excluding VAT) per hour? The French trade union, which incurs costs of several thousand euros for a collective class action, has obtained an extremely low individual cost for tattooists. 120 is the price of 4 bottles of Reach and 3 boxes of disposable gloves…
All you have to do, as a professional tattoo artist, is to confirm your willingness to file an individual complaint by sending us an email* to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1. your full name(s)
2. Studio (or name of the artist/professional)
4. Telephone number
* This information will be sent to Maître Di Vizio’s office, which will reply to you with a simple questionnaire to fill out, answer your questions and invoice you directly for the costs of the appeal (120 euros VAT included).
Of course, this action launched by the French Appeals Union does not replace the other actions still ongoing in Europe: the initiatives of @Savethepigments, ESTP and CETA must be supported more than ever.