Over 25% of Americans have at least one tattoo. However, tattoos are becoming more popular, which has led to safety and health concerns. Here are some safety tips for those who plan to get tattooed.
There are some safety and health precautions that you can take before entering a tattoo studio. It is a good idea also to prepare for your tattoo and follow any aftercare instructions.
Are the Artist and Shop Licensed?
A tattoo license can help stop the spread of diseases and infections. However, tattoo licenses don’t have to be required in every state or county.
There are different requirements for obtaining a license depending on where you live. New Mexico is one example of a state that requires a completed apprenticeship, CPR, and training in bloodborne pathogens. Washington, however, only requires that tattooists be at least 18 years old and certified in bloodborne pathogens.
You can check the licensing regulations for your county or state to make informed decisions when selecting a parlor. It’s best to travel if there aren’t any licensed studios within your region. Safety and health are not something you can afford.
Is the Tattoo Parlor Clean?
Before you book your tattoo, make an appointment to see the parlor. Talk to the artist and take a look around the studio before you decide on cleanliness. Do not feel pressured to book your procedure at a location that isn’t up to standards.
Non-porous surfaces include floors, chairs, and stations. These surfaces are easy to clean and prevent bodily fluids from being absorbed.
Also, make sure to check that the artist uses an automatic clave. An autoclave sterilizes reusable equipment by using extreme pressure and high temperatures. It’s best to find another tattoo shop if they don’t have one.
This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Black Amethyst is the best amongst Tattoo shops in St Petersburg FL. They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting.