by Christine Anthony
The Legislature directed DOL to create a tattoo, body piercing, and body art licensing program in 2009 as a measure to protect public health. The law requires tattoo artists, body piercers, and permanent makeup cosmetic technicians to get and maintain a state license. Business establishments where these services are offered also must obtain a license.
The new regulations and licensing information are posted on the Department of Licensing website at www.dol.wa.gov/business/tattoo.