The district council is encouraging tattoo fans to check their studio hygiene rating scheme and always report illegal tattooists to the authority.
South Kesteven District Council has issued the warning to tattoo lovers as Valentine’s Day is an event that can spark a flurry of individuals choosing to pen their affection to their loved ones with a heartfelt design.
The council’s tattoo hygiene rating scheme is a guide to studios with a good rating so customers can have peace of mind knowing they are in hygienic surroundings. While all studios and individuals must register in order to operate, joining the rating scheme is voluntary. To see which studios are registered and rated visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk/body
It outlines a rating for each participating studio from a top rating of four – very good – through to one, which means it needs improvement.
SKDC’s executive member for environment Councillor Nick Craft said: “The overwhelming majority of businesses run very safe practices that residents can be confident of using but if tattooing is not undertaken safely there can be risks such as HIV and Hepatitis.
“So we always recommend to check the scheme and its ratings so you know what score studios have been rated after inspection.”
Anyone who is suspicious of illegal home tattooing should report it to the district council’s Environmental Health team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org