Whilst art is in the eye of the beholder and your choice of Tattoo Artist & Studio is strictly your preference there are safety standards that every Studio & Artist should adhere to. Here we believe that tattooing and being tattooed in a safe way is hugely important and wanted to give you a small guide on...
'How to get tattooed safely'.
To make sure you are in the right hands when making such a huge decision of wearing your art for life. Here are a few tips of what you should be looking for when considering a tattoo, which will help you to make an informed decision on your personal safety.
What to look for in a safe studio.
If you are interested in getting a tattoo choose a safe, reputable studio. It is crucial that proper hygiene and safety standards are followed. Risks increase dramatically if untrained individuals attempt the procedure on themselves or others.
When you walk into a Studio, does it smell and look clean? Very clean? This is key, as the Studio should be ensuring first impressions are what they are supposed to be. That being, a clean, tidy and well kept work place and environment.
Are the Artist's licenses displayed? Both the premises and the Artists should be licensed to practice tattooing under their local licensing authority. If you can't see these displayed clearly, ask to see them, and if they don't have them do not get tattooed.
If not displayed, ask to see the Artist's portfolio. Make sure they have experience and you feel comfortable with them. If at any point they are inappropriate or make you feel uneasy, leave.
You should always be given a consent form to fill out before the tattoo procedure, this should explain the risks involved in tattooing. If you look young, you should also be asked to provide proof of age, it is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18.
When sitting down with your Artist, their workstation, bed, armrest, lamp, chair and anything that may come into direct contact with either of you should be wrapped in clingfilm or another form of plastic wrap. Do you want to get tattooed on a bed or chair that has someone else's blood on?
They should have Hand Sanitiser, Alcohol Wipes, Single use tissues, and also anything like this should be thrown into a separate Clinical Waste bin next to them.
Needles and other "sharps" should only be used once and should be opened (from individual packages) in front of you before the procedure.
Inks used in tattooing should be placed in a single-use cup and then disposed. Ink should never be taken directly from the main source bottle or returned to that bottle!
Whenever the Artist comes into contact with you at anytime, they should be wearing gloves, no exception. Even when the tattoo is finished, you effectively have an open wound and this should not be touched without the use of gloves.
Aftercare advice should be explained clearly to you, and a leaflet containing this information should be given to you to take home. They should also offer good quality aftercare products as these are specifically designed for the healing process, unlike drug-store branded products, which may be cheaper but unsuitable for tattoo aftercare.
Lastly ASK QUESTIONS, don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you like. Your safety is paramount and the Artist or Studio shouldn't have any problem with being able to answer your questions clearly and do their upmost to ensure you understand the process.
If you have any concerns about the tattooing process and would like to speak to us, please contact us here.