The number of tattoo artists and businesses has grown in recent decades, the artists say, but it’s hard to tell by the number of body artist licenses issued alone. The city currently reports more than 400 people carry said license. The body artists license includes piercing and microblading, and tattoo artists are part of a transient community, according to a spokesman for the city’s Department of Public Health.
By Ximena Conde
We love body art here at the Health Department. Many of us sport elaborate tattoos and body piercings. Some of us have small, hidden personal tattoos and just ear piercings. With so many great shops in Philly to get tattooed or pierced, it makes it easy to sport beautiful art.
One thing we insist on, though, is that body art is done safely. And safe body art can only be done in a licensed, inspected shop. Remember, it’s not just about the art, it’s about your life. Here are the top six things you should look for every time you enter a shop.