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Inspection data for body art shops go online

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Charles Myers works on a tattoo in his shop Charles Myers works on a tattoo in his shop
KANAWHA COUNTY, WV -

Getting a new tattoo or body piercing can be risky business, but the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department has a new tool to help with the process. Health officials recently uploaded a database that tracks the inspections of body art businesses across Kanawha County.  

"It should definitely be posted, this way people feel more comfortable knowing that we've been cleared by the health department," said Charles Myers, who has been a tattoo artist for 13 years.  

Myers opened up Two One Tattoo Shop this February and has already been subject to two inspections. He says while creating a beautiful product is important, so is making sure the skin he's working on stays healthy.  

"I always show people that everything I use is disposable so they don't have questions," said Myers. "If the health department wants to help me spread the message, that's great."

Routine inspections are conducted once every year. Officials check to make sure equipment is properly sterilized, records are kept to date, and the general physical environment is sanitary.

Brookes Ferrell already has a few tattoos and plans on getting another sometime soon. He says he will be accessing the online database to do some research before his next visit.  

"I have stories of friends getting infected and going to the hospital to get it taken care of," he said. "It's nothing you want to mess with."  

The database lists information for 18 shops across Kanawha County. So far none have received violations from inspectors. Officials say they will continue updating the site with future inspections.  

To view the body act facility inspections, click on the link here and select "Body Art Inspections" from the menu on the left.