Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

If you contact us via one of our contact forms then the details provided will be processed in line with your contact request.

We will request permission on each form to ensure you are aware that we will be processing your personal information in line with this privacy policy


You can view our cookie policy and information about the cookies we use here

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Google Analytics to track site usage and we also use the Facebook tracking pixel for advertising targeting on Facebook.

Forum usage

In order for the discussion forum to work we have to save certain data about you. This includes but is not limited to your name, age, date of birth, gender, location and other identifying factors.

The only details required for the forum to work are a nickname / username and an email address.

All other data you choose to provide will be stored on the forum servers for as long as you require us to keep it for the purposes of completing your profile or for your own marketing benefit.

When you make a new topic, reply, comment or gallery  on the forum your username is associated with this info. This information may be kept on the forum indefinitely. Due to the nature of discussion forums the flow of topics and replies means removal of individual info may cause issues for others who are reading the topics.

You are entitled to remove any personal data we hold for you at any time. You can use the form here to request your personal data automatically or you can contact us using or by mail at the address below.

Content submitted to the website

Information including but not limited to text, audio, video, images and files may be posted, emailed or uploaded to various sections of this website.

If you upload content onto this website via , but not limited to, interaction with the discussion forum, gallery pages, comments, replies to forums or other site feeds then you are wholly responsible for it.

You agree to grant The Tattoo Forum (a) an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free right to use, distribute, copy, edit, adapt, license, distribute, transmit, publish, publicly perform or display any such Content in any form or medium anywhere in the World; and (b) irrevocably and unconditionally waive any moral rights or similar rights you have in any Content pursuant to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended, superseded or replaced from time to time) (the “Act”) or equivalent legislation anywhere in the World.

You have the right under GDPR to remove personally identifying information from this site and can do so by firstly requesting all personal data we hold about you and then submitted a request to be removed via email or form. This will be completed by deleting your user account and any associated data we hold identifying you as an individual.

The removal of a forum account will result in the content written by that account to be anonymised.

Removal of any personally identifying content within posts, forum discussions or images can be requested under the right to be forgotten as detailed below.

Who we share your data with

We may share your data with third party providers such as Google Analytics and Facebook in order to provide ads and usability improvements to our products.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment or forum post, the content and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

  1. The right to be informed
  2. The right of access
  3. The right to rectification
  4. The right to erasure
  5. The right to restrict processing
  6. The right to data portability
  7. The right to object
  8. Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Please fill out the following form for a report with all data we have for you. GDPR Compliance Data Request Form

Where we may delete personally identifying data from our website we may leave in place Comments, Media or other types of data including but not limited to Replies and Discussions that you created unless they contain personally identifiable information where they are governed by the right to be forgotten clause below.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service run by

To Prevent Signup spam we filter IP addresses through several online services. Your IP address and potentially your email address is sent to these services to confirm if you are a suspected spammer during the signup process.

We use the following external parties code on our site to improve experience and undertake normal activities such as sending notification emails and tracking site usage for internal improvement

Sendgrid – We use this company to send out emails. Privacy Policy.
Google Analytics — Visitor statistics, we do not track personally identifiable information. Privacy Policy. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here.
Facebook – We use the Facebook retargeting pixel as a part of our marketing efforts. Privacy PolicyGDPR information provided by Facebook.

Right to be forgotten

Under EU Law you have the right to be forgotten and can request that any personally identifiable information is removed from our public website, email signatures, social media accounts or other public content. You can request a right to be forgotten removal of identifying content using our contact information below.

Contact information

We have one person who acts as our data processor and controller,

Simon Parker

You can reach Simon Parker via the contact forms on our website, by phone on 01922455556, via email at or in person and by mail at 131 Abbotts Street, Walsall, WS33BN

Additional information

How we protect your data

Any data we hold about you is kept on either a secured SSL protected website which is also monitored for intrusions using both the Wordfence firewall and the Sucuri security plugins. Access to any personal data used in sales or marketing activities is accessible only by the person or people actively engaged in that activity.

Access to certain user profiles for the purposes of moderation may be available to forum moderators. these accounts are audited every few months to ensure access is only available to people who require it.

We only engage third parties who comply with strict security practices.

What data breach procedures we have in place

On discovery of any data breach we will report the breach within 72 hrs to the data protection authorities and provide information to any users shortly after that.

We have website firewall and intrusion software in place to protect both the data on our websites and any external services we use.

We monitor data breach information to check if we have been affected by any breaches and change passwords regularly.

What third parties we receive data from

We do not currently receive any third party data outside of our business.

Automatic profiling or decision making

User data may be used in profiling through website usage via IP address and / or cookies. If you have filled out a form online and given us consent to track you while using our website then we may combine the website visitor data with your name and email address to provide insight for our team into potential website pages you may be interested in. You can remove this capability by requesting above or via a http do not track header being installed on your browser.