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Can I get a tattoo or piercing in Long Beach?

On June 10th the state of California announced body art studios (like piercing and tattooing) can reopen with industry specific guidelines in place. These guidelines include the prohibition of nose and oral piercings.

However, individual counties, and the city of Long Beach, have the right to extend the suspension of body art services regardless of the state’s relaxed attitude. This places the burden of communicating the decision to reopen (or not) on the city. Orange County, for example, emailed their registered body artists informing them they would have the option to return to work on June 19th.

As of June 16th local tattoo and body piercing studios have not been notified by the environmental health department and the health and human services website’s body art pages have no information. Even the city’s social media makes no mention of the city’s position on reopening body art studios on June 19th. The Long Beach Covid19 specific site references body art studio’s remaining closed in a post made on June 10th. But, this information was made before the state’s June 12th announcement allowing body art to open (at the state level) and the city has not confirmed they’re keeping studios closed.

If the city decides body art is currently too high risk they’ll need to communicate this to the public and local industry workers. At this time no effort has been made to do this so anyone who wants to know if body art will be available in just a few days should call the Long Beach Environmental Health Department, 562-570-4000.

John Johnson
John Johnson is a professional body piercer at New Flower Studio in Long Beach, CA. He's also a Red Cross instructor and authorized OSHA trainer. He manages the online curriculum for the Association of Professional Piercers and is a member of ASTM International.