MAGNOLIA, Del. – A home tattoo parlor in Magnolia has been shut down, the Delaware Division of Public Health announced Monday.
Health officials say 38-year-old William Smiley of Magnolia was giving people tattoos from an unlicensed studio in his home. As Smiley was operating without a permit or any health department regulation, DPH officials are encouraging customers of his to contact their health care providers to be screened for diseases that may have been transmitted through the use of unsterile tattooing equipment.
Potential conditions that could be spread from unsterile tattooing include hepatitis and HIV, health officials said. They report it is possible for people to carry these viruses for years without exhibiting any symptoms.