Getting a Tattoo in the UK

Tattoos have long been a trend in the United Kingdom. They can serve as an expression of commemorating an event or person special to us or simply showing our individuality.

Getting a Tattoo in the UK

Before making an appointment to get inked in the UK, it’s worth knowing the basics about getting tattooed. Here is everything you should know before booking an appointment with your tattooist.



Tattooing has an extensive and varied history in the UK, reflecting shifting societal attitudes and artistic expression. Once only limited to sailors and soldiers, later becoming popular among marginalised groups like gangs, bikers, and punks as a symbol of group solidarity and rejection of conventional society.

After falling out of fashion for some time during its decline period in the 70s, tattooing once more gained widespread recognition as an art form from people from all walks of life.

Tattooing is a medical procedure requiring sterile equipment in order to avoid infections that could result in illness and even death. Tattooists in the UK must obtain their license and provide evidence of insurance before commencing operations, adhering to stringent health and safety requirements that protect both themselves and the public, failing which could result in fines or imprisonment for failure to comply.


Age requirements

Tattoos are an amazing way to express yourself, showcase your interests or show affection for someone special.

However, it is essential to remember that getting any old tattoo will have long-term ramifications, so taking time and considering all options when selecting your first ink could have serious repercussions for both your health and future. When searching for a London tattoo shop to bring your vision to life, you will want to take your time. Finding the right fit for you will ensure your end results are satisfactory.

Legally speaking, in the UK the minimum age to get a tattoo is 18. While there may be unofficial parlors that tattoo teens under 18, they’re breaking the law and risking their license to operate. Furthermore, pregnant women should wait at least a year after giving birth before getting tattooed.

Many teenagers and young adults want their first tattoo, but it’s an important decision they should think carefully about before making. Sites like can help generate ideas.

Going into an untrustworthy tattoo shop underage and getting inked could have serious repercussions down the line; take your time finding an artist whom you trust if this is something that will surely pay off later! If this is something you are committed to obtaining, take it one step at a time until your design is perfected.

Tattoo in the UK



Tattooing yourself is an important decision and before selecting an artist it’s wise to check they have their insurance in order to provide protection in case anything goes wrong during the process. Therefore, it’s advisable to ask whether they are covered and give them your details as part of this conversation.

Tattoos are permanent additions and choosing one can be a lifelong commitment, so when selecting your design, it’s wise to select something you will love for years.

Some people get tattoos to commemorate special events or relatives while others may use them to represent beliefs or interests – tattoos are stunning ways of self-expression and should be celebrated!

Tattoo artists take health and hygiene very seriously. Before visiting a studio for your tattoo session, always ensure it has registered with your local council and that its equipment meets modern safety standards.

Avoid visiting unregistered tattooists as their unsanitary practices could increase the risk of infection; also, they could share needles or ink between clients which puts you at greater risk of contracting diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C infection.

Arrive well-rested for your appointment so you can focus on the session without feeling sleepy, and limit who attends with you, as too many can distract the artist and cause discomfort. Also avoid drinking alcohol prior to the session as this can thin your blood and increase complications.



The UK is one of the only European countries that prohibit tattooing of teenagers under the age of 18, even with parental permission. Under the Tattooing of Minors Act of 1969, it is unlawful for tattoo artists to tattoo anyone under 18.

In the UK, tattoo studios must abide by a variety of licensing requirements for operation, such as risk assessments of the premises and equipment as well as regular orders of needles and inks from suppliers. You can visit this site to learn more.

There are also regulations surrounding use of sterile equipment, disposal of used needles and disinfecting work areas; additionally tattoo artists must abide by manual handling regulations as they often work with blood.

Once you’ve narrowed your search down to properly licensed shops, you are ready to begin the search for the right artist for your ink. Be sure to find someone who understands your ideas and has a visual style you appreciate.

About George Allen

George Allen – Author – An AFPA Certified holistic and preventative nutrition professional. George is a well known exercise physiology and sports nutrition expert, the co-founder of
Syracuse University graduate: bachelor’s degree in nutrition/dietetics (B.S.) and a master’s degree in nutrition science with a concentration in counseling (M.A.)
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