Tattooing services

The tattooing service provider is responsible for ensuring that tattooing does not pose a hazard. Tukes monitors the safety of tattoo inks and tattooing services. Finnish Customs monitors the import of tattoo inks.

Documents in order

Draw up a safety document on the tattooing service.

Identify the risks

You can use Tukes’ instructions and tools to identify risks. You should take especially the following into account in identifying the risks of tattooing services:

  • the ingredients in tattoo inks and any hazardous substances they may contain
  • the customer’s state of health and possible allergies
  • safety and hygiene of the tattooing equipment during use
  • safety of the working methods used
  • the customer’s understanding of the permanence of the tattoo and its correct care
  • the substances contained by the jewellery used in piercings and their potential risks
  • safe disposal of tattooing equipment.

Information provided to consumers

Before tattooing, provide the customer with all essential information concerning the safety of the tattooing service. Provide the information clearly and understandably. Make sure that the customer understands that the tattoo is permanent, how difficult and expensive removing a tattoo can be, what kind of care the tattoo needs, and what the potential long-term effects of tattoos are. After providing the information, make sure that the customer has understood the information they have received and is willing to be tattooed.

After tattooing, give the customer written instructions on the aftercare of the tattoo to take home with them. The written instructions also include instructions in case of possible allergic reactions, infections and other health hazards. 

Tattoos are not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

See also

Tattoo inks