Cameran Kundert met with the Board of Health on Thursday night to discuss proposed cosmetic tattooing at Total Image, located on High Street.
Kundert told the board that she is originally from Ohio, where she tattooed for 12 years. She owned and worked at tattoo shops in Finley and Bowling Green, Ohio.
For three years, she apprenticed in the art of cosmetic tattooing. She told the board that apprenticeship is the way to go in this industry because there was no actual schooling for it in Ohio. Kundert explained that she practiced on pig skin and friends and family in order to practice.
Kundert explained that her experience in tattooing of over a decade helped her with the cosmetic side of things. She said that she essentially uses some of the same techniques and procedures. The main difference between cosmetic and regular tattooing, she said, is the pigments. Other than that, the needles and procedures are the same.
Kundert said that cosmetic tattooing includes enhancement of eye brows, eye liner, lip liner or color. It also includes work with loss of pigment, which she said commonly happens in hands. Basically, she would take skin tones and blend them together to look natural.
She noted that cosmetic tattooing is used for mild scarring, where she would again blend the pigments. Kundert said that it can be used for people who have had breast cancer. Often times people lose their entire nipple in the surgery and cosmetic tattooing would help in the reconstruction of the areola, she said.
Cosmetic tattooing can be used for those struggling with hair loss. Kundert said that she can camouflage the hair loss with hair like strokes tattooed on the head to make it look like hair is there.
The Board of Health said that this is the beginning of an on-going process. Leanne Jasset, chair of the Board of Health in Dedham, said that there are some loose ends that need to be tied up. Health Director Cathy Cardinale agreed, and said that there are some major aspects that Kundert needs before opening up a location like the one proposed.
Members of the board asked her to get hands-on CPR training first. She is certified through an online course, Kundert said. Jasset recommended calling the Red Cross, which she said is where many people working with restaurants and other businesses get their training.
The board was also concerned because she received tattoo training from Universal Class, which is online training. The board could not find any accreditation and said that she would need to take a class from a school accredited by the New England Schools and Colleges.
The board recommended that Kundert look into getting the proper requirements and accreditation before the next meeting so they could move forward.
“I am kind of concerned about the education, training and experience,” said board member Mary Ellard. “I think there are still some things to look into further.”