Tattoo Advice and Tips : Sanitation & Tattoos: What to Expect When Getting Tattooed

Tattoo Advice and Tips : Sanitation & Tattoos: What to Expect When Getting Tattooed


Hi my name is Rick Wyckoff and you can check
out our website at avatart2.com and I am here on behalf of Expert Village.com and I am talking
about tips and techniques for getting tattooed. Disease control has been an increasing concern
around tattoos. Some of the things that you need to look for when you go into a shop and
sit down to get tattooed: wearing and changing gloves are very important. Using cellophane
bags around things like soap bottles, clip cords and tattoo machines so that basically
when they are wiping and handling their customer in their chair and hand picking up a soap
bottle and putting soap on paper towel and things, putting ointment on the tattoo, etc.,
not to mention handling the damaged skin, their hands, their areas are going to become
contaminated. Typically the surface area should be glass or some other non-porous cleanable
surface. They should be using surface disinfectants. This is a product called Viroguard which is
very good for disinfecting their area. All the things that come into contact with their
customer should be single-use in sterilization pouches, the needle and their tube. Their
pigments should be going into disposable ink caps just like this to get thrown away each
time they get used. Single use razors are also important. They should be pulling out
a brand new razor to shave the area. Also shaving the area before the tattoo even though
it is not particularly hairy does reduce your chances of infection and the little tiny hairs
that are difficult to see are the kind of dangerous ones because they can get pushed
underneath the skin and cause an ingrown hair on your tattoo. But also they found that shaving
an area before you do any kind of procedure to it drastically reduces your chances of
getting an infection. The main thing is cross contamination: changing gloves in between
things. If they have to pour more ink and they are using dirty gloves and handling bottles
and telephones and things in their area with those dirty gloves on and touching you, that
is something you should be concerned about. Also, the type of glove that is being used
these days as opposed to even 10 years ago. Latex, around petroleum products which is
typically used during your procedure tends to break down latex making it basically ineffective
as a barrier. These latex free nitro gloves don’t break down when they come into contact
with petroleum or other products. You might think that is more of a concern for the artist
handling people with gloves that aren’t providing a good barrier but basically what
is on their hand is also coming through the glove onto you so it is also a concern for
you. Non-latex gloves, non-porous barriers are disposable between every procedure and
surface disinfectant as well as single use disposable needles and tubes.

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