Getting a tattoo is a big decision, and it is very important that you choose the right tattooist.
Visiting an approved tattoo parlour registered with the Council’s Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) gives peace of mind that the tattooist has met high standards of hygiene and professionalism, minimising the risk of incidents of infection and of transmission of infectious disease from tattooing procedures.
Much like the food hygiene standards you see in restaurants and pubs, look out for the THRS certified sticker displayed in the studio window. A list of approved studios is also displayed on this website.
Beware unregistered tattoo artists or ‘scratchers’! These are unregistered, untrained and illegal tattooists who often operate from home or unlicensed premises. The hygiene standards of such operators are unchecked and they usually do not have the training, knowledge and equipment to operate safely.