In my opinion there is no more important part of getting a tattoo than getting the right artist. If you get the right tattooist most of your concerns will evaporate. You will no longer have to worry about infection and disease, no more concerns about them understanding what you want and no more sleepless nights about the quality of the finished work. In fact, even if you’ve chosen the wrong design (which you won’t really know for some time afterwards) at least you’ll know that it’s what you asked for at the time, that it is really well done and your health is unaffected. Yep, getting this bit right is incredibly important.
Finding the Right Tattoo Studio
If you think your skin can tolerate tattoos, then the next step is to find a safe tattoo studio, and that includes making sure the tattoo artist is qualified. Take time to visit one or more tattoo studios ahead of time, before committing to the procedure.
“Word of mouth is important,” says Johnson. Ask friends who have gotten tattoos if they had a good experience. Most of the time, health departments regulate tattoo studios, she adds, so make sure that the business you’re considering is certified and regulated by your local health department.
Overall, you want to make sure that the tattoo studio is very clean, says Justin Robinson, manager of Baxter Avenue Tattoo Studio in Louisville, Ky.
“Go in the bathroom,” suggests Robinson. “If it’s not clean, then most of the time the other stuff isn’t going to be clean.” Take a look at the floors, workstations, and all around the tattoo studio — make sure that everything appears clean, neat, and organized. A dirty work environment is a warning sign that the tattoo artist may not be concerned with the cleanliness of his work and tools.
It’s also important to check the certification of the tattoo artist. “Every individual artist has to have a certification through the health department, and they have to post it in their work area,” says Robinson. “The shop has to post one, too.” These are updated annually via unannounced visits and reviews of equipment, so check to see that the certification is up to date.
Other signs that the tattoo studio is following health department rules and regulations are:
- The tattoo artist is wearing latex gloves when he tattoos and washed his hands before putting them on.
- The needle that the tattoo artist is getting ready to use on the next client is in an unopened blister package and is used only on that client.
- All tools are sterilized prior to use and the tattoo artist’s workstation is cleaned between each tattoo session.
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