East Moline's Body Art Program
More than Tattoos
Body Art includes, but is not limited to, the following techniques: body piercing, tattooing, cosmetic tattooing, acts of suspension, branding and scarification. Anyone performing these techniques are required to comply with City and State regulations. Illegal operations can be turned into the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) or the city of East Moline.
What does the program do?
- Provides information to the public as well as permitted facilities
- Conducts initial, routine and complaint inspections of IDPH registered facilities
- Ensures that all body art performed in the city of East Moline is in accordance with all applicable state laws and city ordinances
- Issues and manages artist permits Issues and manages all establishment permits including: Permanent establishments; Mobile establishments; Temporary establishments
Regulations & Timelines
- East Moline has had an ordinanceand inspection program in effect since 1995.
- To provide for a safe and adequate blood supply Illinois passed the Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishment Registration Act(Public Act 094-1040; 410 ILCS 54) on July 1, 2007. Now, all facilities conducting body work activities are required to register with the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- This Act stimulated the Illinois Department of Public Health to create the Body Art Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 797) which went into effect December 26, 2008. This is the code used throughout Illinois to regulate body art establishments and their activities.
- East Moline utilizes the Body Art Code and City Ordinance Title 7, Chapter 13 to regulate and inspect body art facilities in the city. Local ordinance is used to license artists and meet local concerns.
- Tattooing anyone under the age of 18 is a Class A misdemeanor. Parental/guardian consent is not allowed.
- Piercing anyone under the age of 18 requires a signed parental/guardian consent form
- Facilities/individuals operating without proper licenses are subject to penalties
- The city of East Moline does not allow Temporary Tattoo Facilities/Special Events at this time, regardless of State law.
- Tongue splitting is illegal to be performed in Illinois unless done by a medical professional licensed to practice medicine in all it's branches in the state of Illinois.
Points to consider before getting body art
- Pathogens and infections can be transmitted from one person to another through the tattoo and piercing processes if proper precautions are not taken.
- Proper facilities and inspections help ensure good hygienic practices to reduce the likelihood of infection.Operators must have their license posted.
- Home tattoo parties do not meet the requirements to get licensed
- Although it is becoming more acceptable, not every employer will hire you if you have visible tattoos and, to date, discrimination laws do not apply to body art.
- This program does not cover workmanship quality so choose your artist carefully