Unlicensed tattoo parlours 'spread HIV and hepatitis'

A professional tattoo artist gets to work at the International Tattoo Convention in Germany Credit: Boris Roessler/DPA/Press Association Images

The Local Government Association says that unlicensed tattoo parlours across the UK are putting users at risk by using unhygienic equipment.

"People looking for a cheap tattoo by using them run the real danger of picking up a serious infection such as Hepatitis or HIV or permanent scarring from botched procedures that are often delivered by these dangerous imposters, said Councillor Mehbook Khan the chairman of the LGA

"Everyone likes a bargain but it is simply not worth the risk to save a few pennies. Ultimately, the tattoo may be cheap but disfigurement or a life-changing health condition could be the final price paid.