Chesterfield Borough Council is warning the public to stay away from unregistered tattooists following an increasing number of complaints.
Why use a registered tattooist?
All registered tattooists in Chesterfield have undergone rigorous inspections by the council's health and safety enforcement team before they are permitted to trade.
Registered tattooists must:
- provide clean and hygienic premises
- use infection control techniques to kill infections
Good quality tattooing equipment can be very expensive and unregistered operators are more likely to use cheap tattooing kits and be unaware of the risks involved in using them.
Dangers of using an unregistered tattooist
- may be inexperienced
- may not operate in a clean, safe manner
- may not sterilise their equipment correctly
- often practise on members of the public as well as their friends
What can go wrong?
If a tattooist does not sterilise their equipment properly, there is a risk of infections passing between customers. The following infections can be transmitted easily by contact with very small amounts of blood.
- hepatitis B
- hepatitis C
Cllr Chris Ludlow, executive member for the environment, says: "It is illegal for anybody to tattoo a member of the public without a certificate of registration, so anyone wanting a tattoo is strongly advised to ask to see the tattooist's certificate of registration and only use tattooists who have been registered with Chesterfield Borough Council."
Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme
In Derbyshire there is a Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) which will help you choose a registered tattooist that meets high standards of hygiene and professionalism.
The scheme is designed to keep customers safe, ensure consistent high standards across the industry and support responsible local businesses.
All registered tattoo premises in Chesterfield are eligible to apply and are given a rating following a visit by an officer from our Environmental Health Team.
The scheme uses the nationally recognised four-star system:
- needs improvement
- very good
Our officers will give premises a rating based on their assessment of standards including:
- Cleanliness of premises and equipment
- Sterilisation of needles, instruments and materials to avoid the risk of infection and transmission of infectious diseases
- Customer age checks
- Staff training, vaccinations and health screening
- Recognised trade body membership
Premises which are in the scheme will display a sticker and certificate at their premise and their rating will be shown below and on Derbyshire County Council’s website.
Current list of registered tattooists
- Aquiline, 59A Chatsworth Road
- Black Tooth Tattoo, 317–319 Sheffield Road
- Borderline Tattoo, 49 Newbold Road
- Buzz Tattoos, 207 Old Hall Road (Tattoo Hygiene Rating - 4)
- Celtic Art Tattoo Studio, 23 Cavendish Street
- Dollhouse Tattoo Studio, 2 Rutland Road
- Eye Catchers, 9 Mansfield Road
- Hollingwood Ink’s Eternal Twist Tattoo Studio, 37 Hollingwood Cresent
- In the Skin, Swift House, 14A High Street
- Devilish Ink Tattoos, inside Morgans, 1 Sheffield Road
- Pierce of Art, 40 Knifesmithgate, Chesterfield (Tattoo Hygiene Rating - 4)
- Skinny Jims, Unit 1 Wharf Lane
- Spire Tattoo Studio, 10 Corporation Street
- Universal Flow Tattoo, 41 Knifesmithgate
- Tattoo HQ, 9 Theatre Yard, Chesterfield S40 1PF
- The Works Unlimited, 391 Sheffield Road
- Inked Up, 7 Cavendish Street (ground floor)
- Pete Who’s Tattoo, Unit 2A, Patrick Hinds House, Chesterfield Road, Brimington, Chesterfield S43 1AB
Liberty Ink Tattoo, Chanders, 95, Inkersall Green Road, Inkersall, Chesterfield S43 3SE