Anyone practicing the art of tattooing in Texas must have a license from the Department of State Health Services, as of September 2014. The license is address specific and is good only for a single location.
All tattoo parlors in Texas are subject to inspection by the Department of State Health Services. These inspections are to ensure that the business is abiding by all applicable state and local laws. For example, the inspection makes certain that the tattoo artist follows all established sanitary practices, such a washing his hands. The inspectors also make sure no parlors tattoo anyone under the age of 18 without parental consent.