Tattoo Equipment Checklist

Tattoo equipment checklist– the tools of your trade

Skin Health Hub Skin Art Tattoo Equipment ChecklistThere are many specialty suppliers to the tattoo industry who can provide you with ink, the tattoo machinery and attachments such as nozzles, needle bars and tubes and the sterilizing equipment you need as the tools of your trade.

There are also the accessories that are necessary for ensuring the health and safety of your client and you as the tattoo artist.

Here is our tattoo equipment checklist of everything you will need to set up shop.

Cleaning equipment and material consists of the following:

• Autoclave
The most popular and accepted type is a steam pressure autoclave that operates for a minimum of 35 minutes at temperatures of 250˚F.

• Ultrasonic cleaner
This includes several disposable containers of cleaning solution and clear rinsing water.

• Germicidal soap, isopropyl alcohol and distilled water
Required for skin preparation

• Sterile gauzes and bandages

• Liner tubes
Approximately 25 for each tattoo artist – all in sterile and sealed envelopes.

• Shader tubes
Approximately 25 for each tattoo artist – all in sterile and sealed envelopes.

• Needle bar setups
Approximately 50 setups with needles attached – all in sterile and sealed envelopes.

• Disposable pigment cups or caps
Around 500 for each tattoo artist.

• Disposable latex examination gloves

• Vinyl gloves (avoid latex)
These should number about 300 pairs for each tattoo artist.

• Sterile gauzes and bandages
For swabbing and disinfecting the area for the tattoo.

• Closed containers
Each must be dustproof and easily sealed. These are only for the storage of instruments, dyes, pigments, stencils and similar items.

• Tubes
These must be constructed of stainless steel, nickel-plated steel or lexon.

• Needles
The preferred materials for needles are stainless steel or nickel-plated carbon.

• Razors
May also be part of the arsenal of a tattoo artist. Razors are to be disposable and single-use.

• Container for disposing of tattoo waste
Since this is hazardous waste, particular containers are requested. All sharps have a specific protocol of disposal. This may vary according to local regulations.

• Chairs
Do not forget both your tattoo artist and the client need somewhere to sit. Therefore make your chairs comfortable, durable and washable. Some jurisdictions dictate the material of chairs and tables. Metal, plastic or stainless steel are common choices of material.

• Tables
Like chairs, tables are a basic requirement of a tattoo studio’s workplace. Consider stainless steel or other metals with porcelain coating. These make for easy cleaning and maintenance.

This tattoo equipment checklist will give you a general idea of the different products, supplies and equipment you will need to start providing tattoo services in your shop.

All of the different tools and objects on our tattoo equipment checklist vary in size, shape and specific use. They are all, however, intended to ensure the ink is injected under the skin as safely and painlessly as possible.

The information above is a sample of the practical business information contained in the full version of “Inking it: Everything You Need To Profit From Your Tattoo Business.” A step-by-step e-book that will guide you through every step of starting a successful tattooing business.

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