Can I legally perform a tattoo on myself?

By | December 30, 2013

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I am buying a professional tattoo kit (I'm not interested in those cheap do-it-yourself tattoo guns). I do not plan on giving anyone else tattoos but myself…after a lot of practice of course. I have numerous tattoos so I know the safety concerns and am prepared to be as sanitary as possible. I am in Ohio, does anyone know if there are any laws prohibiting this?

I am not concerned with the laws in your state right now. I'm concerned that you think just having a professional tattoo kit means you can professionally tattoo.

From what I read in Ohio law, tattoo artists can practice only in a licensed building—unless otherwise approved—according to the Ohio Department of Health. CPR certification, basic first-aid certification and knowledge of blood-borne pathogens are requirements for artists.

But, if you're tattooing yourself and not advertising it and not offering your services to others, I guess you won't get in trouble, but you might regret it. If this is something that is a passing trend with you, practicing on yourself could be a mistake you'll hopefully live to regret if you don't kill yourself with infection. I know it seems simple to keep everything sterile, but it isn't. There are a lot of materials and equipment that you need that they don't sell in online tattoo kits. If you insist on doing this, at least look online at the risks and how to be safer than you think you already are.

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