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Body Art Facilities

The Michigan Public Health Code requires licensure and inspections by local health departments of body art facilities that tattoo, brand or perform body piercing. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health annually inspects tattoo facilities to ensure adequate sterilization, sanitation and safety standards are maintained. Tattooing involves a needle, and it can be likened to a surgical procedure. This process exposes people to risks of infections, some of which are serious and difficult to treat. Bacterial and bloodborne infections can happen when non-sterile water, inks and equipment are used. Blood may carry the hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These viruses can be dangerous and make you sick. Some of these diseases are permanent and can be fatal. Exposure can happen through needle sticks, contact with dried blood on equipment or surfaces, or even blood splashes in the eyes, nose or mouth. If you decided to get a tattoo, find a facility that:

  • Is licensed and inspected.
  • Maintains a clean and organized facility.
  • Follows hygienic practices and proper handwashing.
  • Cleans and sterilizes equipment and surfaces.
  • Wears clean disposable gloves.
  • Opens a new sterile needle in front of you.
  • Disposes used needles in a Sharps container.
  • Uses inks that are manufactured specifically for tattooing.
  • Uses inks and ointments portioned out for individual use.
  • Uses only sterile water to dilute concentrated inks or rinse equipment during tattooing.
  • Does not allow tattooing of minors (without written parental consent) or people under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Inspected Locations

BEHIND THE LINES 14 S BEECHTREE GRAND HAVEN 49417
CROWS NEST 823 SAVIDGE SPRING LAKE 49456
GREMLIN GALLERY LLC 7813 COTTONWOOD DR JENISON 49428
HOODOO TATTOO 178 W LAKEWOOD BLVD HOLLAND 49424
HTOWN INK 549 W 18TH STREET HOLLAND 49423
LOVE TATTOO 127 OLD-M21 B JENISON 49428
PINCUSHN'S CUSTOM TATTOOING & BODY PIERCING, P.L.L.C 214 COLLEGE AVE HOLLAND 49423
PURE ADDICTIONS 76 E LAKEWOOD BLVD #1 HOLLAND 49424
SAMMY NAILS 380 CENTRAL HOLLAND 49423
SCREAMING NEEDLE TATTOO 4629 LAKE MICHIGAN DR ALLENDALE 49401
THE PINK DOOR SPATIQUE 567 BALDWIN ST JENISON 49428
TIGER BOMB 549 W 18TH STREET HOLLAND 49423
WICKED WAYS 2 6197 LAKE MICHIGAN DR ALLENDALE 49401
Z.INK 36 N ELM ZEELAND 49464

For additional information or to request a facility inspection report, please call (616) 393-5645.