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Report an illegal tattooist - "Catch a Scratcher" campaign

Unregistered, illegal tattooists known as “scratchers” pose a significant risk to the public. Using cheap tattooing kits bought online, they can advertise their work on social media sites such as Facebook, they can work from home, garden sheds or even do home visits.

You may be tempted away from registered tattooists by cheap prices offered by the scratchers. However, it is simply not worth the risk – it could have life changing consequences. The practice of tattooing poses a risk of viral infections such as Hepatitis and HIV and bacteriological infections.
The person offering to carry out the tattooing and the premises will not have been assessed by Hull City Council to ensure they meet acceptable standards. The scratcher may not have undertaken proper training and is also less likely to check the medical history or age of their customer. As a result, if you are looking for a bargain deal you are exposing yourself to much higher risks of infections and permanent scarring than normal.

To tackle this growing problem, we are running a ‘Catch a Scratcher’ Campaign. You are encouraged to report any information regarding the activities of illegal tattooists by contacting us on (01482) 300 300.  The information you give us will be treated in confidence. We will endeavour to investigate these cases and take the necessary action to safeguard the public and legitimate businesses.

Registered tattoo studios

If you are thinking about having a tattoo, you should use only registered tattoo studios. Businesses that are registered with Hull City Council

Find out more about businesses that have registered with Hull City Council


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