Association of Professional Tattoo Artists
Formerly known as the Guild of Russian Professional Tattoo Artists (“the Guild”), the Association of Professional Tattoo Artists (“APTA”) was created to protect the common interest of professional tattoo artists in Russia and around the world. The APTA (formerly the Guild) was started in 2003 and was the first exclusive professional tattoo association in Russia.
One of the most important goals of the APTA is to develop activities that enlighten the world about the field of tattoo artistry in order to foster and promote a positive public opinion about the field. APTA’s second goal as a professional association is to create conditions for preserving and developing the traditions of tattoo art internationally. Members of the APTA may be legal entities or individuals who have expressed solidarity with the aims of the association, recognizing and observing its charter, regularly paying membership and special-purpose contributions, and actively contributing to the organization’s activities.
The Membership and Art Council (“the Council”) of the APTA carries out admission to the APTA, and consists of the top masters and the best representatives of the tattoo artistry profession. Admission is carried out by the Council through voting on the written application of the candidate meeting the minimum requirements. Minimum requirements for a candidate for joining the APTA are that the candidate must obtain direct recommendations from at least two (2) members of the APTA. Additionally, the candidate may provide evidence of further outstanding qualifications, such as national and international awards for the candidate’s tattoo artwork, and personal press in professional, trade, or major publications for candidate’s tattoo artwork. Joining the APTA is also possible at the invitation of the APTA.