Did you know that the state of Oregon licenses tattoo artists? To get licensed, a tattooist must meet the standards established by the Board of Electrologists and Bodyart Practitioners. Safety and sanitation are the board’s highest priority, especially since a fresh tattoo is essentially an open wound, creating an environment susceptible to infection. When you decide to get a tattoo, you’re in charge of selecting someone whose style you like but these tips can help you choose a safer tattoo artist and facility. Make sure they’re licensed. On our website you can search for your artist to see if there are any disciplinary actions as well as a result of facility inspections. That license should be on display. The facility should smell clean. Tattoo artists are required to clean their stations with disinfectants. Your tattoo artist should be washing their hands frequently, wearing gloves and changing gloves in the event of any cross-contamination or damage. The station should be clean and any bottles, chords and machines should be bagged. Your artist should have you fill out forms with contact information and medical history and give you detailed aftercare instructions.