Tattoo scheme inks in new standards

Councillor Shaun Horton, Elizabeth Smith, health and safety enforcement officer at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Stuart Rollisson, owner of the Black Lantern Tattoo Studio.
Councillor Shaun Horton, Elizabeth Smith, health and safety enforcement officer at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Stuart Rollisson, owner of the Black Lantern Tattoo Studio.

Two tattoo studios, including one in Bridlington, have become the first in the East Riding to be awarded top marks in a new hygiene scheme designed to drive up standards.

The Black Lantern Tattoo Studio in Bridlington and Fired Up Tattoo Studio in Snaith were both rated as “very good” in the scheme, which is being administered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The two businesses have been presented with a certificate and a sticker which can be displayed in the window, giving the public reassurance that the premises have good hygiene standards.

The scheme was launched by the council towards the end of last year and is similar to the Food Standards Agency scores on the doors scheme used by restaurants and takeaways.

The ratings, which are purely based on hygiene and cleanliness standards and not the artistic merits of the tattooists, will also be displayed on the council’s website which will help the public choose which business to us.

Stuart Rollisson, owner of the Black Lantern Tattoo Studio, welcomed the scheme and said: “I believe all tattoo studios should have a high level of hygiene and cleanliness so this scheme is good to help drive up standards.”

Councillor Shaun Horton said: “I would encourage all tattooists in the East Riding to sign up as this system aims to offer a consistent, straightforward means rewarding those who promote good hygiene standards and I look forward to hearing of more premises achieving the top score in this scheme.”