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Tattoo operation cited by health department


Last week, WTOC reported on illegal body art shops. After the investigation and some help from city officials, one illegal tattoo artist has been cited.

Despite all the visual evidence of Facebook pictures and posts, it took environmental agents with the Coastal Health District a little longer than they thought to investigate illegal tattoo operations.

All the information was hand delivered to them, including WTOC's report.

But despite receiving several complaints annually about illegal tattooing and piercing, health officials could never catch the people doing it - until now.

Just a few weeks ago, Tatted Up owner Karlito Ramos told WTOC he was not tattooing anyone and was waiting to get a permit to perform tattoos legally. But a few minutes later, a picture of a tattoo with the caption "just done" was posted online.

Ramos' Facebook page also promoted his business, which consists of a shed in his back yard - and examples of his work. Some of which include eyebrow tattoos less than an inch from the eye, which are illegal in Georgia.

Ramos admitted to WTOC that he did not have any permits or licenses.

County Environmental Health Director Todd Jones said that in the end and after some legal counsel and research, the county issued its first health citation for an illegal body art business.

"Mr. Ramos was extremely cooperative. He informed us he was no longer doing tattooing as of yesterday so we issued citation for information provided," Jones said.

Health officials were granted access to the shed where they said they found evidence of used tattoo and body piercing equipment, supplies and chairs.

The Chatham County District Attorney will now decide how they proceed with the case following the citation.

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