With the advent of many communicable diseases, some fatal, 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. Professional tattooists
working with local, state, and national health authorities have
prepared the following advice.
1. Always insist that you see your tattooist remove a new needle
and tube set-up from a sealed envelope immediately prior to your
2. Be certain you see your tattooist pour a new ink supply into
a new disposable container.
3. Make sure your artist puts on a new pair of disposable gloves
before setting up tubes, needles, and ink supplies.
4. Satisfy yourself that the shop furnishings and tattooist are
clean and orderly in appearance; much like a medical facility.
5. Feel free to question the tattooist as to any of his sterile
procedures and isolation techniques.
6. Take time to observe them at work and do not hesitate to
inquire about their experience and qualifications in the tattoo
7. If the tattooist is a qualified professional, they will have
no problem complying with standards above and beyond these
8. If the tattooist or studio does not appear up to these
standards or if they become evasive when questioned, seek out a