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It is against the law to tattoo a person under the age of 18 even with parental consent.

It is also against the law for any tattoo artist or business to operate in the borough without first being registered with the council.

Unregistered tattooists, or scratchers, have not been licensed or inspected by their local authority and often have poor cleaning standards and poor infection controls.

A registered tattooist knows what to do to avoid spreading infection, but if you have ever had a tattoo done by a friend, or an unregistered tattooist, you may have been at risk of picking up a potentially serious infection, eg Hepatitis B, C and HIV if equipment has been inadequately cleaned between clients. Such infections might not show symptoms until they have been present for many years, but can be treated if they are picked up early.

If you have recently had a tattoo and are experiencing, increased pain, redness and swelling of the tattooed area that is not resolving, or you have pus, red lesions or areas of hard raised tissue around the tattooed area, you should seek medical attention by ringing NHS 111. You can go to your sexual health clinic, your GP or Inspire to talk about getting a blood test. If you are under 18, then you can also contact Addaction to talk about getting a blood test.

More information about Hepatitis B, C and HIV is available from 

If you’re thinking of having a tattoo

NHS Choices have produced a video explaining the health risks associated with tattooing. The video also includes tips on what to look for when choosing where to get a tattoo.

Registered tattooists

The tattooists registered to operate in the Lancaster district are as follows:

  • 13 Sails Custom Tattoo Studio - 236 Marine Road Central, Morecambe, LA4 4BQ
  • Ashton Studio Ltd - 10 Slip Inn Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1JT
  • Aurora Tattoo - 16a Brook Street, Lancaster, LA1 1UU
  • Dragongate Tattoo Studio - 9 Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TJ
  • Evolve Tattoo Studio - 9 Ffrances Passage, Lancaster, LA1 1UG
  • Expressions of Lancaster Limited - 13 Marketgate, Lancaster, LA1 1JF
  • Fusion Hair Salon - 158 Lancaster Road, Morecambe, LA4 5QW
  • Just Hair - 8 Cheapside, Lancaster, LA1 1LZ
  • Monsters Ink - 96 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JN
  • Pin-Up Parlour - Festival Market, Central Drive, Morecambe, LA4 5PE
  • Paper Street Studio - Unit 5, Kings Arcade, Lancaster, LA1 1LE
  • Shadow Gallery - 24 Queen Street, Morecambe, LA4 5EG
  • Shipwrecked Tattoo Company - 12 New Street, Lancaster
  • Tattoo Studio - 81 Euston Road, Morecambe, LA4 5JY
  • The Black Rose Tattoo Studio, 19 Victoria St, Morecambe, LA4 4AE
  • The Jewelled Bird Tattoo - 4 Scotland Road, Carnforth, LA5 8HS
  • The Little Black Sheep Tattoo Studio, 36 Claremont Road, Morecambe, LA4 4HL
  • Tiger Tattoos - 170 Lancaster Road, Morecambe, LA4 5QP
  • Touch of Ink - 38 Alexander Road, Morecambe, LA3 1TG
  • Urban Ink and Beauty Centre - 125 Euston Road, Morecambe, LA4 5LF

If you have concerns about a possible unregistered tattooist who may be operating in the area, please contact our Environmental Health team on  01524 582935 or email

Last updated: 12 August 2019

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