Before You Get A Tattoo or Piercing - Educate Yourself!

Getting a tattoo or piercing is a significant life changing cosmetic medical procedure that shouldn't be taken lightly. Therefore, it is important that you educate yourself before you decide to get a tattoo or piercing. Otherwise you will regret your decision for the rest of your life. Below you will find a check list of items you can use to evaluate any shop and artist and walk away confident that you made the right decision. Feel free to print this list out and take it with you to assist in the decision making process.

Tattoo and Piercing Check List

  • The business should be located in a safe and secure environment.
  • The exterior and interior of the shop should be clean, well maintained, and well lit.
  • The lobby should be separate from the actual work area.
  • The work areas should be tiled.
  • The work areas should be clean and well maintained. The piercing work area must have two sinks with hot and cold running water.
  • The immediate work area and equipment should be covered with barrier protection when necessary.
  • Proper licenses and permits should be publicly displayed.
  • The shop should have a separate sanitation and sterilization clean room.
  • The shop should have an autoclave and proof that the equipment has passed a recent spore test.
  • The staff should have a clean professional appearance and display a polite friendly attitude at all times.
  • Make sure that all inks, needles, paper products, piercing products and other topical products are single use only and properly disposed of in a biomedical waste container.
  • The shop should have a wide variety of body piercing jewelry and should be able to order jewelry to your specifications.
  • The shop should have thousands of designs to choose from and the artists should be able to accommodate any requests for custom artwork and tattoos.
  • Make sure you examine the artists and piercers portfolios. Closely examine their work and the quality of it. The tattoos should be consistent in quality, with clearly defined lines and bright solid colors. Piercings should be well placed and aligned evenly on the body with quality jewelry and little to no bleeding.
  • Feel free to talk to the staff and ask questions. Ask to see their work, ask to see their drawings. Talk to their customers and ask about their experience.
  • Talk to the staff about potential personal health and safety concerns. If you have any health conditions, make sure that you discuss them with the staff prior to even considering a piercing or tattoo.
  • Make sure the staff is knowledgeable about health and safety issues.
  • Make sure the staff has been properly trained in the handling of biomedical waste and blood borne pathogens.
  • Price isn't everything, but the prices should be fair. In life, you get what you pay for. Cheap prices usually mean poor quality. Expensive prices won't guarantee you a quality tattoo or piercing. By combining the above knowledge and recognizing a fair equitable price you can be assured that you will receive a piercing or tattoo that you can be proud of forever.
  • Finally trust your instinct. If you just aren't sure, wait and come back another day. Remember, the decision to get a tattoo is a decision that lasts a lifetime.
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