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Another illegal tattooist stopped from trading

Tattoo equipment has been seized after information from the public about another ‘scratcher’ in the city. Trading Standards Officers along with Devon and Cornwall Police officers, seized a large amount of tattoo equipment including; 19 boxes of out of date needles and unsterile equipment from a Plymouth residential address this week. The raid happened after […]


Think before you ink project launched in Plymouth schools

Think before you ink! That’s the message to young people in Plymouth who may be thinking about getting a tattoo. Plymouth City Council have just launched a joint campaign, which warns that anyone who gets a tattoo under the age of 18 is breaking the law and could be putting their health at risk. The […]


More illegal tattoo equipment seized

Tattoo equipment has been seized as another ‘scratcher’ has been raided through the Council’s Operation Itchy. Officers from the Council’s Public Protection Service, together with the police, executed a court order at an address in the city last week in the continued crackdown on illegal tattooists, known as scratchers. Scratchers are people who have bought […]


New rating scheme launched on tattoo hygiene standards in Plymouth

A new scheme aimed at driving up tattoo hygiene standards in Plymouth has been officially launched. The Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) is a voluntary scheme that enables the public to choose a tattooist that meets high standards of hygiene. Similar to the food hygiene rating scheme, following a local authority inspection each tattoo studio […]