Health Dept. shuts down illegal GR tattooer

A noticed posted on the door of an unlicensed tattooer in Grand Rapids. (Oct. 1, 2015)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Health Department has shut down an unlicensed tattooing facility on Grand Rapids’ northwest side.

Thursday afternoon, a bright orange notice was posted at the building at 456 Leonard St. NW where the health department says the illegal artists were operating.

A Kent County Health Department sanitarian and Grand Rapids police officers shut down an unlicensed tattoo shop. (Oct. 1, 2015)
(A Kent County Health Department sanitarian and Grand Rapids police officers shut down the tattooer.)

The health department said it shut down the tattooer after getting a tip overnight. Grand Rapids police officers went with a health department sanitarian as she delivered a cease-and-desist letter and posted the notice.

It marked the second time the health department has issued a cease-and-desist order to the operation.

The health department reminded residents that free, confidential HIV testing is available for anyone who has been tattooed at an unlicensed facility.

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Online:

Testing at the Kent County Health Department

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