Tattoo Safety

Tattooing is a process which involves needles moving at very fast speeds to break the skin and inject dots of ink into the third layer of skin. This creates the image of the tattoo design in the skin.  Whenever you are getting a tattoo, using common sense and following some basic tattoo safety tips should always be the most important considerations.

Tattoo artists are required to adhere to a strict code of safety to ensure that the risk of contracting HIV or any other diseases is prevented.  You should expect the following:

Tattoo Safety

  • Professional tattoo artists will sterilize their equipment after each use. Bleach and alcohol are used to prep the equipment and instruments and are placed in a steam pressure autoclave for disinfection and sterilization.
  • When the tattoo artist does the tattoo, they will wear disposable rubber gloves.
  • Other disposable items will include: spatulas for the use of spreading ointment or petroleum jelly and cotton rags.
  • Once the artist has cleaned, shaved and stenciled your skin in preparation for your tattoo, they will prepare the tattoo machine. The ink should be placed in ink caps, and the tubes and needles should be removed from sterile packs and inserted into the machine. Another cup filled with distilled water will be used throughout the tattooing process to clean the needles and change colors. The ointment should be place on a clean disposable surface and discarded after use.

Whenever you decide to get a tattoo you should always put safety first.  There are ways that you can minimize or eliminate any potential dangers. When you walk into the tattoo studio, the floors should be spotless.  In the rooms where the tattoos are done, the working area should always be clean and sanitary.

Choosing a tattoo studio that is clean and sanitary and choosing an artist who’s skill and design work is in demand are a step in the right direction for putting yourself first when it comes to tattoo safety .   For more information see our article on “How to Choose a Tattoo Artist”

After-all, you wouldn’t want to get a tattoo from a studio that is dirty or unsanitary; you could wind up on a never ending spiral of infections and viruses.

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