A tattoo parlour in Llangollen is one of four across Denbighshire which have been officially recognised for achieving stringent health and safety standards.
As part of an awards scheme introduced in the county – the first authority area in North Wales and only the second in Wales to do so - the parlours made the grade in the Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme after being assessed by staff from Denbighshire’s Public Protection department.
A number of factors were considered as part of the assessments, including cleanliness, health and safety, after care advice, staff training, personal cleanliness of operators and record keeping.
The successful tattoo businesses included the one run by Liz Fletcher, called InK and Essence, in Llangollen, which was awarded a three-star rating.
The other parlours were in Rhyl, Prestatyn and Clawddnewydd , which all achieved four-star ratings.
Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for Public Protection, said: “I would like to congratulate the tattoo parlours named for reaching some of the highest levels of cleanliness and health and safety, as recognised in the ratings scheme.
“We are delighted to be the first authority in North Wales to adopt the ratings scheme, as we feel it is vitally important that the public have confidence that these establishments follow stringent guidelines to protect the well-being of individuals."