Welcome! Body Art Association of Modesto. What is B.A.A.M.?
Body Art Association of Modesto was created to unify the body art professionals in the greater Modesto area.
B.A.A.M. is the association with the artist in mind. We are tired of being pushed around by regulating bodies, and non-professionals encroaching on our legitimate business interests. We feel it is time to stand together as a collective and take control of our industry. We should be involved in the regulation of our industry because we know what is needed and what is not needed. We want fair regulation that will help our businesses.
It is time to put the respect where it belongs in the body art industry. We intend to do this together as an association of legitimate professional artists. The association will help inform the public of the legitimate body art industry and what the public should know. We can help regulate our own industry, instead of having a stranger regulate an industry they know nothing about.
We do not condone “Tattoo schools” or any type of training that circumvents the traditional apprenticeship training that has been a mainstay of this industry. We do not condone using apprentices as “slave labor”.
We do not condone the selling of supplies to non-professionals.
We do support knowing every level of the industry and support the ideas of holding seminars to bring members up to a professional level that fosters continuous growth for all members. There is no need to complain that this industry is not knowledgeable about their craft. The association will offer seminars to educate the members, and that is why the members must follow the guidelines in order to keep the industry healthy.
We support a standardized minimum across the board to be followed by all members. The standardized minimum will decided by the members of the association.
Join us and take charge of your industry!
- No trade schools!
- Must be certified with county and have permit. (AB300MA compliant).
- Must be able to show three years studio experience with references.
- Studios should send at least one member a month to meetings, or attend meetings personally.
- Must be in good standing with dues.
- Must follow association guidelines.
BENEFITS OF BEING IN B.A.A.M.
We give members a collective voice to help deal with the regulating bodies of the county and state. We keep the regulating bodies from taking advantage of singular artists or studios.
We help with regulation questions by members of county advisory committee.
We help provide training in the industry to expand the career through seminars and other training events.
Discounts on Blood Borne Pathogens, First Aid, CPR/AED training through Dos Changos Locos Training Center an ASHI provider.
Professional references established by membership.
Artist and studios will be listed on website.
Articles and interviews of members to be posted on website.
Area on website for member Bio and work portfolio with a link to artist or studio website.
Solidarity of artists in the association.
References to other associations such as: APP (Association of Professional Piercers), APT (Alliance of Professional Tattooist), NTA (National Tattoo Association).
Other industry related events to be sponsored by the association in the future that will benefit the association and all its members. (i.e., Conventions)
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All of this for a fee of $TBA. The suggested charge is $50 dollars a year. The association will decide on the amount of dues at the first meeting.
Topics to be discussed and guidelines to be established at monthly meetings, i.e. apprenticeship guidelines, studio minimums, hourly charge, etc. Association dues to be decided by association.
Scotchie Chapman owner of Dos Changos Locos Tattoo. National Tattoo Association member. Scotchie sits on the Stanislaus County Body Art Advisory Committee.