WHEELING -The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is
encouraging residents to only use permitted tattoo establishments when
getting tattoos, body art or piercings. Residents are also advised to
avoid participating in local "tattoo parties" where unlicensed activity
Tattoo parties are events where an unlicensed person, often referred
to as a "scratcher," or business provides tattoos for their guests.
These events often occur inside homes or hotel rooms using
inexperienced artists and they are very popular with minors looking for
an inexpensive tattoo without their parent's consent. These types of
unlicensed events are illegal in Ohio County and West Virginia and
often take place under unsanitary conditions.
Individuals risk exposure to infection and blood-borne diseases such
as Hepatitis by receiving tattoos from unapproved artists in
unsanitary setting such as private homes or apartments, and using
anything but sterile needles risks transmitting blood-borne diseases to
the recipient of the tattoo.
Labels: home tattoos, Ohio, Regulation, tattoo parties, unlicensed tattoos, warnings