Backstreet tattoo artist Michael ‘Minky’ Cain is fined

Posted on - 8th February, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Plungington, Preston Council, Preston News
An overloaded sharps box in Cain's parlour and the unregistered premises found by council officers
An overloaded sharps box in Cain’s parlour and the unregistered premises found by council officers

A tattoo artist operating illegally has been snared by environmental officers.

Michael Cain, 37, was found guilty of operating an unregistered tattoo parlour.

His backstreet tattoo parlour was a risk to the public according to Preston City Council’s environmental health team.

Preston Magistrates’ Court fined Cain – who failed to show up at court on Wednesday 1 February – a total of £2,008.

District Judge Goodwin proceeded to sentence him in his absence saying he had ‘created a high risk of harm to the occupiers of the dwelling, customers and others such as those collecting waste’ and had failed to respond to earlier advice and warnings.

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The city council’s team were tipped off Cain was running the ‘scratching’ – a term for unregistered tattoo artists – parlour from his home in Houldsworth Road, off Lytham Road in the Plungington area.

His tattoo name was Michael ‘Minky’ Cain and he was using Facebook as a way to advertise his cheap tattoos.

The property was raided in September and found a ‘dirty and unsuitable’ room where the tattoos were being performed.

Items found by council officers and destroyed from Cain's parlour
Items found by council officers and destroyed from Cain’s parlour

Cabinet member for planning and regulation councillor John Swindells said: “Illegal scratchers pose a real danger to the public’s health, often using toxic inks and unsterilized equipment that can have a serious risk of spreading diseases such as hepatitis or HIV, as well as the potential to cause permanent ugly scarring.

“People often tell us that the quality of the tattoo they had done was so poor that they had to spend time and money getting it corrected by a registered tattoo artist.

“These unregistered tattooists are often willing to illegally tattoo children and can cause damage that lasts a lifetime, knowing that children will be unlikely to report them to us or the Police. If people know of any illegal tattooists in their community then we would urge them to contact us.”

Read more: Another illegal scratcher is fined in Preston

Cain was ordered to pay £330 for each offence of failing to register as a tattooist and failing to register the premises where he carried out his business.

He was also ordered to pay £33 victims surcharge and £1,315 prosecution costs. He must pay the total bill by 29 March.

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