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Question by april
Submitted on 1/2/2004
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I'm interested in opening a tattoo shop but am not sure how to go about it. as to what the rules and regulations are what kind of paper work do i need and who do i contact to make everything legal.

Answer by Alexandra
Submitted on 1/22/2004
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i'd suggest contacting your state and looking up the laws on small buinesses and tattoo shops


Answer by mariposatriste
Submitted on 2/28/2004
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look up on the net the health dept...


Answer by Subnbelle@aol.com
Submitted on 6/12/2004
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Apeil... as a full-service piercer, over the last 14 years i have opened 3 shops, and am now opening my 4th. i don't know what state, county, etc you're in..  but regulations differ greatly from state to state, county to county, etc.. ordinances, health dept regs are the least of your worries.. i can tell you immediately how to find this info out.  the hard part is the leg work for the shop you locate (which in itself can be difficult),as you need specific structural, plumbing, electrical, etc. needs to bring your shop up to code without breaking your bank..negotiating the lease, including mant addendums,  then you gotta make decisions about the look of your shop, release forms, handling of self-protective paperwork, negotiations with  tattoo artists, piercers,(and they aint all that cooperative since they ARE "GOD reincarnate"  and locate the items necessary to open a body mod shop..the vendors, etc. i'dbe glad to speak with you if you wanna e-mail me or IM me.  the legalities are a cake-walk, as they are specific.. the rest is the pain in da arse part.  :)  good luck... ~tanya  (No Holes Barred, Inc....Montevallo, AL)  (Subnbelle@aol.com)


Answer by filmfr3ak
Submitted on 9/3/2004
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Is it possible to open, and run a tattoo shop without actually being a tattooist?

If so, how would the OWNER make money, since the artist ect are the ones that get paid?

The reason I am inquiring, is I have designed probably 50 custom tattoos for myself and others, and have been offered tattoo apprenticeships based on my designs alone (at three different shops in three different states).  I am very nervous however about doing a tattoo.  You can ERASE on paper, ya know...

I would like to be in this field of work, but would want high standards maintained where I am associated, and my own shop is the only way I see to accomplish that...


Answer by hed
Submitted on 12/31/2004
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I am in the same situation you speak of.  from reading up on it a trip to town hall should be your first step into action


Answer by Toast
Submitted on 12/31/2004
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I'm also interested in opening up a tattoo parlor...in Detroit Michigan. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I am not a tattoo-er, merely an artist and business person who already owns a building where the shop can be located in and who loves the medium and wants to make it my livelyhood. You can check out some of my art at www.7332.com and please someone help me get going!!!!!


Answer by Drayl
Submitted on 4/7/2006
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Hey, look at all the facts within your state, all the legal aspects, health codes and small business laws. Make sure all your information is factual and has a credible source. Next look at other shops in the area, see the quality of the shop and all the equipment. You may want to be careful though the tattooing industry is very very territorial and rumors spread fast, that can filter business for you also. But mainly talk to the owners around you, make friends and make allies, this will come in handy later. Just remember that a Good tattoo artist does not criticize other artist work no matter the cost or circumstance.   (Priest)


Answer by tweeked
Submitted on 5/1/2006
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what answer can u repeat it i wasn't paying attention


Answer by liza
Submitted on 11/1/2006
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what do i need to open a tattoo shop


Answer by Jacqueline
Submitted on 3/29/2007
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Hi Tanya~ I love your answer! My husband & I are looking to open a new shop in CA. it will be my first and his 4th! Although all of his were in Canada, opening one in CA may be a bit different. So...as far as legalities go, could you advise me please??? Al the "pain in de arse" stuff I almost have all covered. If you'd like to email me, please do at obsidiangalleries@comcast.net


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