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Health Department Investigates Following Complaints

The New York City Health Department launched a probe into the Harlem tattoo parlor that’s the basis for the VH1 show “Black Ink.”

Investigators from the New York City Health Department dropped by the shop last month after receiving two complaints that a tattoo artist was working there without a valid license, a source at the city agency told BOSSIP.

But the health department’s check found that all of the artists there were licensed, and they left without issuing any violations. The investigators also did a thorough hygiene check of the place and the investigators found that Black Ink was in compliance with the city’s tattoo rules and regs.

In order to tattoo in NYC, an artist has to be licensed and take an infection control course.

It wasn’t clear whether cameras captured the investigators time at the shop, or who made the complaints in the first place. But Black Ink’s owner, Ceaser, has clashed on-screen with frenemy Puma, who launched his own shop, which ultimately went out of business. Ceaser himself blamed his daughter’s mother on social media, claiming she dropped the dime on him after cops arrested the businessman in November for owing more than $15,000 in back child support. However a source close to the situation said the woman wasn’t the culprit.


We’ve called the shop for comment.



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