Tattoos & Piercings

Donors who have had tattoos or permanent make-up applied by a state regulated entity with sterile needles and non re-used ink may be eligible to donate.

Donors who have had a tattoo or permanent make-up may donate if a licensed tattoo artist in Ohio, Kentucky, performed it or other state as listed below.

The site must be clean, dry, and pain-free or the donor is deferred until the site is healed.

If a licensed artist did not apply the tattoo or permanent make-up, donors are deferred for 12 months from the date of the application.

States Acceptable for Tattoos:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan 
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
Also, donors who have had ear or body piercing using sterile techniques are acceptable. Otherwise, they are deferred 12 months.

For more information regarding medications, immunizations, or other medical related questions, please call Hoxworth's Donor Services at (513) 558-1304 or (800) 265-1515.