Cathy Montie

Owner and Official Trainer

Cathy has been involved in the body art industry for almost 50 years in several capacities including: licensed permanent cosmetics practitioner, tattoo artist, tattoo shop manager, and tattoo shop owner. Over 20 years ago she established Absolute Tattoo, Piercing, and Permanent Cosmetics.

Always the pioneer, Cathy set up her body art business in the late 1990’s, when it was unusual for a woman to own her own a tattoo studio. Today Absolute Tattoo, Piercing, and Permanent Cosmetics continues it’s reputation as a well-respected shop in San Diego, California.

In 2005 she established Cathy Montie Body Art Training Company, a business to provides courses that meet the bloodborne pathogen certification requirements for the industry, as well as other classes to support the needs in the body art industry. This journey has taken her on a path of self-education, professional training and a profound understanding of the needs and requirements for the body art industry.

Cathy’s vision is: to encourage our nation to adopt the BAMC Body Art Model Code that she helped write with the National Environmental Health Agency (NEHA)  and looks forward to the day when the entire world is on the same page!