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Shop accused of offering body art without license

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police and the Kent County Health Department have shut down a shop accused of offering body art without a license.

The shop in question is VIP2 at 456 Leonard St. NW, just west of US-131. In an announcement that only gave the address Thursday afternoon, the health department said its personnel and members of the Grand Rapids Police Department had earlier in the day brought a second cease-and-desist letter to the shop, in addition to putting a sign on the building making people aware. Additional legal action is pending, authorities said. VIP2 advertises clothing and accessories, not tattoo services, but the health department says it received a tip.

"The community needs to know that the health department has not approved this facility for body art activity," said the health department's administrative health officer, Adam London. "This facility has not been inspected for hygiene and sanitary practices by our trained sanitarians. The Kent County Health Department has no way of knowing what conditions and practices exist inside unlicensed establishments."

The health department also announced it's offering free, confidential HIV testing for anyone who has had body art done at any unlicensed shop. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 616-632-7171. People can also talk with health care professionals about whether they might have been at risk of exposure to other blood-borne pathogens, too.

Anyone with information about unlicensed body art operations should call 616-632-7100 or file an online complaint, available at this link.