- Queensland passes raft of tough new laws targetting motorcycle gangs
- The laws follow similar anti-association laws in other Australian states
- Tattoo parlors have been the subject of stringent new laws in some states
- Critics say the laws are populist measures that target a high-profile group
(CNN) -- In Sydney's trendy eastern suburbs, tattoo parlors are almost as ubiquitous as hairdressers.
Fashionable, arty and with a long list of celebrity customers, the tattooists at Bondi Ink -- along the hip strip on Bondi Beach's Campbell Parade -- have taken the art form a long way since blue birds of happiness and 'death before dishonor' skull designs formed the stock in trade of parlors in the onetime port city.
"We run it like a hair and beauty salon -- usually Mondays and Tuesdays are our mums and prams day," co-owner Wendy Tadrosse told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
While boutique tattoo parlors such as Bondi Ink like to highlight their family-friendly credentials, police estimate that at least one-in-four tattoo parlors across Australia are affiliated with outlaw motorcycle clubs such as the Hells Angels, the Gypsy Jokers and the Finks.
This month, New South Wales passed new laws requiring tattoo parlor owners and employees to provide detailed information about their personal associations and criminal histories.
Tadrosse said the new law unfairly targets the new breed of boutique tattoo parlors.
"It's like we've been tarred with the same brush," she said. "If there's a shooting somewhere it's like, "Oooh, you know, bikies, tattoos."
Arthur Katsogiannis of the New South Wales Gang Squad said growing gang membership is now presenting serious law and order concerns across Australia.