Aims of our work

  • Establishment of tattooing as an appearance form of fine arts
  • Recognition of tattoo art as an intangible cultural heritage, as well as their preservation and protection
  • Support of scientific research in the field of tattoo art

Tattooing is art!

There is a court judgment from the year 2000, referring to an individual case decision, which states that since the mid-1990s, the tattoo art is recognized as a body art and thus a tattoo artist is to be regarded as an artist. [1]

[1] Excerpt from the judgment of the Social CourtLandshut, 14.12.2000, S. 73.

Even a predominantly crafted work is not a criterion for non-art. Tattooing may not be a pertinent type of work, such as painting or sculpture, but it is a comparable graphical and in some cases painterly activity that is performed with the help of a tool and thus receives a crafting component. This crafting component is also present in sculpture, etchings and other types of work. The own creative achievement is certainly given. Most tattoo artists make their own designs in dialogue with the customer. The claim that commissioned work can be attributed to craftsmanship is incomprehensible, and even portraiture of royal courtyards dating back centuries was commissions and yet art. Exhibitions with tattooing in renowned museums show that tattoos are in part already arrived in art and are accepted as such.

Art is free!

This is already the case in the Basic Law (Article 5 (3)) and what brings us more than freedom?


Even more rules and standards do not help the tattoo artists, but the industry! Further development can only come from the circle of performers of the art of tattooing. The experts of an art shape their development, not the accessory industry and / or politics.


  • Freelance exercise of tattooing, as an independent, artistic activity in accordance with § 18 EstG
  • A sense of responsibility and comprehensive understanding of the importance of own tattooing ensures quality and sets standards 
  • A better artistic education of tattoo artists in many areas (ethics, hygiene) is certainly more beneficial to overall positive development than further regulation