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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

Wicked Ways 2 6197 Lake Michigan Dr. Allendale
Screaming Needle Tattoo 4629 Lake Michigan Dr. Allendale
Lyn Phillips LTD 301 Fulton St. Grand Haven
Ink Haven Tattoo Shop 302 S. Beechtree St. Grand Haven
Primm & Proper Custom Tattoo and Piercing 616 S. Beechtree St. Ste. 1 Grand Haven
Imagery Hair Design Studio 451 Columbia Ave Ste. D Holland
MI Vida Ink 130 E. Lakewood  Blvd. Ste. H. Holland
Riptide Tattoo 102 Walnut Holland
Miller Ink Tattoo Studio 661 Douglas Ave Holland
Studio Seventeen LLC 214 College Holland
Trends Hair Salon 60 E. Lakewood Ste. 100 Holland
La’ Bella Cosmetic Makeup 11975 E. Lakewood Blvd. Holland
Htown Ink 166 W 13th St. Holland
Hoodoo Tattoo 178 W. Lakewood Blvd. Holland
Sammy Nails 380 Central Holland
The Beauty Place 7610 Cottonwood Dr. Ste. 104 Jenison
Knockout Agency 127 Old M-21 Jenison
Gremlin Gallery LLC 7813 Cottonwood Dr. Jenison
Love Tattoo 127 Old-M21 B Jenison
The Pink Door Spatique 567 Baldwin St. Jenison
Don’t Tell Mom DTM Piercings and Tattoos 52 E. Main Ave. Zeeland
Z Ink 36 N Elm Zeeland
*Current license is limited to tattoos only.

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