Information for the General Public

Only licensed shops are routinely inspected for compliance with health and safety regulations.  Tattoo parties, mobile tattooing, and unlicensed tattooing from homes are prohibited. Contact our department for more information about a specific shop, including license status and inspection history. Please note that only the shops are licensed – there is no license or certification required for the artists in Marion County.


MCPHD Brochure – What You Need To Know Before You Go: Body Modification

Patron’s Rights Poster   

Patron’s Rights Poster (Spanish)

KNOW tattoo pic 2

Brochure (Spanish)


Marion County Ordinance – The Code, Chapter 17

Indiana State Rule – 410 IAC 1-5


Map of currently licensed shops



Additional Resources


Centers for Disease Control:

Federal Drug Administration:

Association for Professional Piercers (APP):

Body piercing info, healing times:



To file a complaint or get more information about a specific shop, call 317.221.2266.

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