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Good record-keeping is essential for tattoo artists

On Behalf of | May 31, 2023 | Professional License Defense |

Tattooing is an ancient art form enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Professional tattoo artists spend many years perfecting their craft, earning a license and building a reputation.

In Mississippi, the Department of Health regulates tattoo artist licensing. A customer complaint can threaten your credentials and the career you have worked hard to build. However, you can reduce the risk of losing your license by keeping careful records.

Consent forms

Mississippi law requires you to attach a copy of the client’s government-issued identification to a consent form, which you must then keep on file for at least two years. The consent form must include basic information and signatures from both the artist and the client.

In addition, the consent form must advise the client about risks associated with certain medical conditions. People with heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes or HIV are at increased risk of developing complications or an infection from a tattoo or piercing.

Aftercare requirements

Mississippi law requires that tattooists and piercers provide written aftercare instructions before working on a client. The consent form must acknowledge receipt of these instructions. If a customer complains about a tattoo or piercing that heals poorly or becomes infected due to inadequate aftercare, the signed consent form serves as evidence that you provided aftercare instructions to the client.

Following up on complaints

If a customer contacts your establishment to complain about a tattoo he or she received, you have a duty to document the complaint and your response. Creating a paper trail is not only a legal requirement, but it also provides evidence that can help you defend your license if necessary.

As a tattoo artist or body piercer, maintaining careful records is essential to staying in compliance with state regulations and keeping your license in good standing.