Basic Guidelines for Getting a Tattoo

Basic Guidelines for Getting a Tattoo

Reference: Alliance of Professional Tattooists

The most important factor in determining whether you get a tattoo is placed in a
category defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupations Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) called “Safety and Sanitation”.
No matter how sterile the pre-made needles and disposable tubes are, once they are
removed from their intact packaging, placed on a procedure area, attached to a
tattoo machine, dipped into ink which is forced into your skin with the penetrating
needle, every action the tattooist makes must be safe for you, him and any client to
follow.

Watch the tattooist work:

  • Does the tattooist wash his hands before and after each tattoo?
  • Does the tattooist put on gloves before setting up the work station?
  • Does the tattooist use a high level disinfectant to clean the station between clients?
  • Does the tattooist throw away all products left over from the tattoo?
  • Are the ink bottles, wash bottles and product dispensers free of ink smudges?
  • Does the tattooist use single use non-porous barriers on all his equipment?

If you answer ‘no’ to any of the above questions after watching the tattooist, you
should probably find another shop. A tattooist should care enough about his clients
to do those minimum safe standards defined by the CDC and OSHA. Talent is
everywhere, ethical safe practices are not. Take the time to visit several studios to
find the one where safe practices are paramount.

Choice of Tattoo Artist

This subject is probably the most personal of all aspects of getting a tattoo. If you’re
considering a tattoo, find the artist that fulfills your needs art-wise as well as in
professionalism, price and last but not least, personality. All of them should make
you feel comfortable.

You should probably start with style. Find the tattooist whose style you like the
best. Internet searches will help but you are actually going to have to visit shops.
Next you should build a rapport. Once you have found several tattooists you like
visit them in their shops. They may be busy but should take time to acknowledge
you. If you did not feel a connection with the tattooist then try another, both time
and tattooist. You will be spending time and money with them; it might as well be
with someone you like.

Most importantly, you should see how safely they work. You should ask to observe
their work manner be able to see how safely they work. They should not get upset
over you asking to observe for a few minutes. Don’t be surprised if they do not let
you in the procedure area making you watch from the doorway or if their client
declines to let you watch. If their practices are not the minimum outlined in the
Basic Guide for Getting a Tattoo you should walk away.

Picking a Design

Choose what you like! You have to live with your tattoo for the rest of your life.
Discuss size and color with your artist to achieve the look you want. Sometimes it’s
better to leave artistic aspects of your tattoo up to the wisdom and experience of
your chosen artist.

Placement of Design

Give the location of your tattoo considerable thought. It is going to be there forever.
If your concerns are for the sensation and level of discomfort involved, your artist
should be happy to discuss these aspects with you.

Paying the Price

Don’t shop around for “the best price”. This is a trade in which you should see
examples of the artist’s work and question their knowledge. This is not a trade to be
bartered with; you pay an hourly rate for time and expertise.

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