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Think Before You Ink!

Updated: Feb 2, 2021

Take the good without the bad when getting body work or tattooing done by choosing a licensed facility. These forms of artistry and expression permanently define you, but what is not wanted is ongoing sickness or fatal injury. Tattooing provided by friends or advertised on social media platforms can be perfectly safe, but it could also be unlawful and hazardous to your health due to the health risks associated with exposure to blood borne pathogens that can cause Hepatitis and other infections. Because of the unknown, it is not recommended that you use unlicensed body art facilities.

Tattooing and piercing can present a health risk to the artist as well as the consumer. The state of Colorado has rules and regulations governing body art to address sanitation and disease control in order to protect the health and safety of the artist and the client. It is important that the environment where the body art is applied in and the equipment used to apply it meet safety and sanitation regulations.

The Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD) protects our communities from environmental hazards through regulation body art facilities to ensure safety for consumers. To learn more about all applicable laws or to obtain the necessary forms go to

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