STERILIZATION AND DISINFECTION
Tattoo studios use various methods to sterilize and disinfect
in order to kill bacteria and viruses. Our staff is well trained in those
procedures and their appropriate use.
There are several acceptable methods of sterilization
of instruments. Instruments that can withstand high temperatures
may be sterilized in a steam autoclave by using steam under pressure
or with dry heat. Other instruments that can’t be heated
are scrubbed clean and then sterilized or disinfected in chemical
solutions. These methods of sterilization kill the AIDS virus
and other microscopic organisms capable of causing illness.
We use state approved disinfection procedures on surfaces and equipment
that cannot be removed for cleaning and sterilization, such as counter tops,
drawer handles, lights and other things. A chemical agent, registered with
the Environmental Protection Agency as a hospital disinfectant, is used
in the Tattoo Studio. Disinfection is done in the Tattoo Area between patrons
to assure that the studio is absolutely clean for each patron.
The use of disposable items is another way we maintain
a clean and safe studio. Many tattoo supplies such as gloves, needles, barrels,
piercing needles and razors are used only once and then disposed of properly.
Although you need to be aware of all the safeguards
your artist uses, you must also be aware that ultimately YOU are
responsible for the care of your new tattoo. These are our recommendations
for you new tattoo or piercing:
1. After getting Tattooed leave the bandage on for 1 to 2 hours
before removing...this allows the tattoo the bleed out without
your lymph drying and scabbing.
2. After leaving the Tattoo shop go buy anti-bacterial liquid
soap and non-scented lotion (we recommend Lubriderm or Curial
or Palmers Coco butter... we advise only high grade and non-scented
lotions... Different lotions work differently on different people)...you
need these products before removing the bandage the first time...
let it be known we do NOT advise or approve the use of any A &
D, Vaseline, tattoo goo, tat wax, H2 ocean, flim flam, snake oil,
(Although A & D is used during the actual tattooing process,
it is not good for healing Tattoos)
3. When removing the bandage for the first time there will be
blood, ink, and lymph (clear gelital excretion on your skin)...wash
the tattooed area with dial antibacterial soap and Hot water,
(as HOT as You can stand...this will cause discomfort but will
not damage the tattoo), using your finger tips, no wash cloth,
to remove excess ink, and blood...rinse this area for a few minutes...This
process pulls out all the elements that create thick scabs and
will further the proper healing of your new tattoo
4. Let the tattooed area air dry wiping only the wet areas around
5. Now apply a small dab of your lotion, just enough to cover
the tattoo. Rub this dab in with your finger tips...it is key
to only apply a thin layer... for example; thick gooey films are
not good (If you leave a thick layer you will potentially create
a trap and nest for particles to get stuck to your Tattoo)
6. Each time you wash your Tattoo for the next 48 hours reapply
this small dab of Lotion
7 . Keep Tattoo Out of Sunlight...DO NOT touch the tattoo, and
try and keep as little clothing friction such as a sock, bra straps,
belts, etc away from the tattoo...DO NOT let Drunk Girls or Guys
lick your Tattoo
8 . Always wash the tattoo before applying any lotion
NEVER apply peroxide or alcohol or antibiotic cream to a piercing.....
DO WASH well with an antibiotic soap. Wash your hands. Use a Q-Tip
to first cleanse the jewelry, then the pierced area. When both
are clean move the jewelry within the piercing and then do not
play with it until healed.
Consult a health care professional at the first sign of infection
or allergic reaction.
Report any diagnosed problems to the artist and to the Texas Department
of Health 1-888-839-6676.
YOUR HEALTH IS OUR CONCERN
We hope this information has addressed some of
the questions you may have. If you have other concerns, please
feel free to bring them to our attention. We want you to be assured
that you are getting the very best and safest tattoo and piercing
services we can provide. Please remember, your health is our number
Thank you, Sincerely Tiger Moon Tattoo 972-259-8287