It has become necessary to institute certain isolation and sterilization procedures in the tattoo process to assure the public of a safe, risk-free tattoo. The following advice has been prepared by professional tattooists working with local, state and national health authorities.
Make sure your artist puts on a new pair of disposable gloves before setting up tubes, needles and ink supplies.
Always insist that you see your tattooist remove a new needle and tube set-up from a sealed envelope immediately prior to your tattoo.
Be certain you see your tattooist pour a new ink supply into a new disposable container.
Satisfy yourself that the shop furnishings and tattooist are clean and orderly in appearance; much like a medical facility.
Feel free to question the tattoo artist as to any of his/her sterile procedures and isolation techniques. Take time to observe them at work and do not hesitate to inquire about their experience and qualifications in the tattoo field.
If the tattooist is a qualified professional, he/she will have no problem complying with standards above and beyond these simple guidelines.