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Illegal and underage tattoing

Illegal tattooists or ‘scratchers’ often operate from home in unsuitable conditions and risk infecting their clients with infectious diseases. It does not matter whether you are charged a fee for the tattoo. It is unlikely that we will register domestic addresses for tattooing due to the high standards of hygiene required, so if you receive a tattoo there it is likely to be illegal.

If you have information relating to an illegal tattooist place contact Environmental Health.

We have the power to seek a Court Order to seize tattooing equipment from any property and the tattoist can be prosecuted.

The minimum age for a tattoo is 18 (except for medical reasons). If you have information relating to underage tattooing, please contact Leicestershire police on 0116 222 2222.

To apply for a licence to tattoo locally, please see our licensing pages