Man cited with giving tattoos to minors at ‘Risk Takerz’

August 8, 2012 

Raleigh police are once again investigating a tattoo shop, called 'Risk Takerz', where they suspect people may be giving tattoos without being licensed to do so.

According to a search warrant, police are investigating a tattoo business operated out of a triplex at 4901 Coral Ridge Dr. # C after receiving several complaints about tattooing of minors and tattooing without a license at the business, which is operated out of a residence.

Two people were arrested in May 2011 in connection with the tattoo operation. Twenty-nine-year-old Ricardo Johnson, of Durham, and 18-year-old Spencer Sellers, of Raleigh, were accused of tattooing the pubic bones of teens ages 14 and 15.

The latest investigation has resulted in citations with two misdemeanors against Ricardo Johnson. The misdemeanors include aiding and abetting the tattooing of an underage person and tattooing without a license according to Jim Sughrue, Raleigh police spokesman.

An undercover officer recently went to the tattoo shop and observed several people being at the residence. The officer also smelled the odor of marijuana throughout the residence. Police are trying to determine if illegal drugs are being used or sold from the tattoo shop, and if tattoo artists at the shop are doing anything illegal.

Police seized equipment used to give tattoos from the residence, including ink and needles.

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