During the 2010 Legislative Session, the West Virginia Legislature amended
§16-38-3 (a) 4 of the Code of West Virginia, Tattoo Studio Business which
now requires all Tattoo Studios to discuss risk factors determined by the
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) , including
the potential that a tattoo may interfere with the clinical reading of a
magnetic resonance imaging study (MRI) with all patrons prior to the
administration of a tattoo. THIS LAW BECOMES EFFECTIVE JUNE 9, 2010.
Tattoo Studios are permitted in their respective county by the
Local Health Department.
Unlike many Environmental Health programs whose regulations are based on
Legislative Rules, the regulation for
tattoo studios is simply the West Virginia Code, Chapter 16, Section 38. Click here for a
copy of Section 38 - Tattoo Studio Business.
Tattoo artists are required to keep records of every tattoo given to every
client. Every client must also be given oral and written notification
providing detailed after care instructions for the tattoo.
Tattoo Studio Business Forms
There is not currently a plan review form required for tattoo studios,
however the studio must be in compliance with West Virginia State Code 16-38
Tattoo Studio Business.