Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness!
Before beginning the tattoo process specific measures are taken to ensure everyone’s — the client and artist alike — safety. Ramirez tells us that first thing artist’s check out is whether the client is sick or suffering from a condition that may make the tattooing process a hazardous one. After the client is OK’ed, the artist begins prepping their station. “The artists must wash their hands and properly set up the station which consists of wrapping everything the artist will or might touch during the process with plastic,” he explains. “They must also use disposable equipment, such as razors, cups, bibs, ink caps and sometimes tubes. Some artists prefer metal tubes, but they must be properly sterilized and packaged with the date of sterilization on the packaging. Needles, however, are always used that one time, and must be opened and disposed of at the time of the tattoo.”
During this entire process gloves must be used. “The idea is to not touch anything with exposed skin in order to avoid contamination,” Ramirez says.