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

Tattoo equipmentThis page is information regarding the consultation with tattoo, permanent cosmetic, body piercing and branding artists regarding establishments, training, testing, inspections, inquiries, complaints, product reviews, development/revisions of requirements and plan reviews. The information is in compliance with the 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. The Arkansas Department of Health also works with the State Board of Private Career Education on the development of requirements for training and plan reviews of new or renovation of existing establishments.

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 Tuesday of each month at 2:00 PM. 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 Laws and Regulation Information - Downloads

Body Art Rules and Regulations Version Final Signed
Current Body Art Establishments
Medical Waste Transports

Information on Becoming an Arkansas Body Art Artist - Downloads

Complete New AR Artist Packet
Specific Requirement for Tattoo and Body Art Licensure
Current Body Art Training Schools
Body Art License Application  
Qualifications Review-Out of State Artists
Blood Borne Pathogen Courses Online
Application for Qualifications Review for Out of State Body Art Artists
Qualifications Review-Reinstatement Procedures
Application for Qualifications Review for Arkansas Artists

Renewal Information - Downloads

Body Art Fee Schedule
Renewal Packet

Temporary, Guest or Convention Information – Downloads

Convention - $50.00 Application Fee – Temporary Demonstration License Application 2015
Guest Artist $50.00 Application Fee – Temporary Demonstration License Application 2015


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