It may be tempting to get a tattoo from an unregistered tattooist as they may be cheaper or willing to tattoo someone under the age of 18. However, you are putting yourself at risk from contracting potentially fatal diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

As unregistered tattooist do not receive hygiene checks from the council, there is no guarantee that their equipment is safe and hygienic.

When getting a tattoo or cosmetic piercing should check that:

  • the person doing the procedure is registered with the council. They should have a registration certificate including their name, photograph (in the case of a tattooist) and a unique registration number
  • the premise they work from is registered with the council. A registration certificate will have the premise name, address and a unique registration number
  • List of registered tattoo premises in Wirral

Further information

Tattoo removal

Information and guidance on cosmetic piercing