Body Art Related Links

Consumer Information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Tattoo-Associated Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Skin Infections - Multiple States, 2011-2012

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?
Tattoo Inks Pose Health Risks
Tattoo and Permanent Makeup: Fact Sheet
Tatuajes y Maquillaje Permanente (Tattoo and Permanent Makeup in Spanish)

Tattoo Removal Information:
Article on How Tattoo Removal Works
FDA: Inked and Regretful: Removing Tattoos
Note: MDH does not regulate tattoo removal.

Temporary/Henna Tattoos:
Additives Used in Henna Tattoo Materials - Potential Health Concerns
FDA: Temporary Tattoos, Henna/Mehndi, and "Black Henna"
FDA: Temporary Tattoos May Put You at Risk
Note: MDH does not regulate temporary/henna tattoos.

Professional Organizations:

Alliance of Professional Tattooists

Association of Professional Piercers

Better Business Bureau Accredited Businesses in the category of Ear* & Body Piercing
*Note: MN body piercing regulation does not include the piercing of the outer perimeter or the lobe of the ear using a presterilized single-use stud-and-claps ear-piercing system.

Better Business Bureau Accredited Businesses in the category of Tattoos

MDH Body Art Regulation Related Links:

Minnesota Body Art Licensing Statutes

Bloodborne Pathogen Training Information

Minnesota Body Art Regulation Brochure (PDF 659 KB/2 pages)

Minnesota Department of Health, Body Art Regulation Report to the Minnesota Legislature 2010 (PDF 109 KB/13 pages)

Local MN Jurisdictions where Establishment Licensure Meets or Exceeds the State's Standards:

Some municipal or county agencies many have body art regulations in addition to the State's regulations, even if it is not listed below. Contact your local jurisdictions to make sure you are also in compliance with all the local laws where you are operating. All body art technicians must be licensed with the State, regardless of local jurisdiction regulation requirements.

City of Bloomington
City Clerk's Office
Licensing Section
1800 W Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN 55431-3027
Phone: 952-563-8728

City of Minneapolis
Health Department
Food, Lodging & Pools
Public Service Center
250 S 4th St, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-673-2301

Anoka County
Community Health & Environmental Services Department
Government Center
2100 3rd Avenue, Suite 600
Anoka, MN 55303
Phone: 763-422-7030

Hennepin County
Human Services and Public Health Department
Environmental Health
1011 First Street South, Suite 215
Hopkins, MN 55343
Phone: 612-543-5200

Steele County
Environmental Services
environmental@co.steele.mn.us
Phone: 507-444-7475
Updated Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 08:28AM