Uncovering the Challenges Facing Cosmetic Tattooing – Risks and Opportunities

Through their extensive expertise and in-depth industry interactions, these experts will uncover some of the current challenges and key concerns that are negatively impacting the reputation of cosmetic tattooing as a profession.  The panel will also explore recommended strategies for a successful path towards a stronger, vibrant and credible industry, while avoiding and mitigating current challenges.

While Cosmetic Tattooing is constantly advancing, as a relatively unregulated industry it is also plagued with misinformation and incomplete training that focusses strongly on artistry at the expense of safety and a sustainable industry future. These deficiencies are contributing to an on-going flow of dissatisfied clients seeking removal and corrective work.  This panel of experts with discuss what is currently happening in the industry and potential solutions.

In this session you will gain:

  • A bird’s eye view of the present status of the industry
  • Where the industry is experiencing the most growth
  • The key reasons for botched up procedures
  • Recommended solutions
About Anna Ocko

Anna Ocko is a Russian-born permanent makeup artist living and working in Australia. She has extensive experience in cosmetic tattooing, laser and non-laser tattoo removal and international PMU training. Anna is proficient in a diverse range of PMU techniques however she is considered a specialist in natural light shading, expressive accents and fine gradients. Anna enjoys the challenge of complex and interesting cases which she approaches with passion and attention to details. She believes the main keys to successful results are time, patience and responsibility.

Anna holds a degree in Electronic Engineering with extensive education in Chemistry, Optical and Acoustical electronics.  She also has gained education in medical devices and including several cosmetic/paramedic tattoo laser and tattoo removal techniques from experts both national and international providers. Her technical skills are based on a scientific foundation.  This allows her to push the boundaries and develop innovating techniques that deliver superior quality outcomes.  Anna is also a committed educator and trainer and loves to share her extensive skills and knowledge with her students allowing them to achieve exceptional results in various facets of PMU techniques.

About Tina Viney

Tina Viney is a visionary, leading authority and figurehead in the Australian Aesthetics Industry and the CEO of the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN), a leading industry standards body/association that has established a unique reach between aesthetics at VET level qualifications, extending to higher education in clinical aesthetics and dermal therapies and bridging also into cosmetic medicine.

 Tina has extensive industry knowledge and expertise in governance and in the shaping of industry standards for over five decades.  Over the years she has served in leading positions on Association Boards and with various industry bodies including an active participant in working groups for with the Government for the development of regulations as well as in curriculum development both in the VET sector, as well as an active member for curriculum development with three universities, introducing   tertiary qualification in dermal therapies and clinical aesthetics. She has received multiple industry awards for her contribution to the advancement of the industry.

Her unique insight and valuable expertise have resulted in continued and notable advancements of the aesthetics industry on both state and national levels. 

Internationally focused, Tina continues to innovate and forge relationships with European societies, international research companies, as well as other industry association bodies from various counties for the purposes of both information exchange, as well as to share and support other organisations in their own professional development.

Over the years, she has published 113 industry journals holding senior editor positions. 

Her focus and passion are in advancing the standards of best practice within the aesthetics industry through evidence-based science and through meaningful collaborations with leading medical and aesthetic industry bodies.

About Katherine McCann

Katherine McCann is a nationally accredited cosmetic tattooist and qualified beauty professional based on the Gold Coast. She is a tertiary postgraduate with a strong background in Human Resource Management, training, and strategic business development and founder of FaceBox HQ.

Katherine has taught at both vocational and university levels and is a regular speaker, contributor, and educator in across the local, national, and international platforms and a specialist in her field of advanced cosmetic and paramedical restorative tattooing.

Holding an advisory role within the Aesthetic Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN), Katherine is also an active industry contributor and passionate about regulations and standards. She has been both a journalist for the Association of Cosmetic Tattoo Australia, and editor of the APJ Journal and has a keen interest in of micro-pigmentation and trauma resolution.

More recently, it’s Katherine’s edgy flair and result-orientated approach in taking on the more challenging cosmetic tattoo correction and restorative work and it’s her boundary pushing outcomes and results which is really gaining traction and sees her technical training skills in high demand on both the national and international fronts. A leader and consistent mentor for other industry professionals and technicians worldwide, education enquiries, research and cross collaboration projects are always welcome.