Body Art –Tattoo, Permanent Cosmetics, Body Piercing and Branding 

Tattoo equipmentConsultation with tattoo, permanent cosmetic, body piercing and branding artists regarding new establishments, artist in training program and testing of artists in training; conducts inspects of body art and permanent cosmetic establishments for compliance with regulations; responds to public inquiries or complaints concerning body art and application of permanent cosmetics; reviews products related to the industry; works with the State Board of Private Career Education on development of requirements for training of artists; reviews plans of new or renovation of existing establishments; works with industry on development of legislation and revision of regulations pertaining to body art and permanent cosmetics to reflect compliance with National Environmental Health Association, Center for Disease Control and FDA requirements as well as industry organization recommendations such as the Alliance for Professional Tattooist and the Association of Professional Piercers.

Body art exams for artists in training are administered at the Arkansas Department of Health Central Office, 4815 West Markham Street, Little Rock AR. The exams are given the third Monday of the month, unless Monday is a state holiday and the exams are given the 3rd Tuesday. No exams are given in December. An appointment for the exam is required and must be scheduled by the artist trainer. Exams must be scheduled by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before the exam.

Body Art Establishments
Specific Requirements for Tattoo and Body Art Licensure
Body Art Fee Schedule
Renewal Application form for Body Art Artist
Renewal Letter

Proposed Rules and Regulations

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on September 22, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in the Central Office Auditorium (basement level), 4815 West Markham at Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed revision of the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Body Art Establishments. The public may submit written comments to: Katie Wirges, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham Street, Slot # 46, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205, or email, no later than 4:30 p.m. November 22, 2015.

Proposed Rules Body Art Establishments
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Summary of Proposed Changes
Notice of Public Comment


**Please provide contact information in your email response to our Office.
Environmental Health4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 46
Little Rock, AR 72205