Nearly 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo, but being inked for the first time can still be quite nerve-wracking. Aside from their concerns about pain, your clients might also worry about whether the tools and methods you use are safe and clean. If you’re dealing with a particularly nervous client or someone is simply curious, you should feel free to use this sterilization method guide as inspiration. After all, if you can give your clients peace of mind, the whole process will go much more smoothly (and they’ll likely be even happier with the final result).
Common In-Shop Methods: Tattoo Autoclave Sterilizers And More
The majority of shops use what’s referred to as an autoclave tattoo sterilizer to make sure their equipment is completely free of microorganisms. The uses of an autoclave is multifaceted; Statim autoclaves (a particular type of autoclave) can be used to sterilize anything from piercing jewelry to surgical instruments. This makes them perfect for tattoo and piercing shops.
Of course, you know how your autoclave tattoo sterilizer works, but in case you need to briefly explain it to your clients: a tattoo autoclave sterilizer acts as a pressure chamber. Instruments are placed inside the chamber and are exposed to extremely hot steam (typically around 270 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20 minutes or so, depending on the size of the equipment and how many items need to be sterilized. The hot steam kills microorganisms that boiling water can’t. It’s also safer and more reliable than using chemicals to sterilize equipment.
Additional Measures: Pre-Sterilized Tools For Easy Safety
Although the functions of autoclaves take a lot of the guesswork out of sterilization, this method does take time to perform. It’s also not possible to use this technique for single-use tools, such as needles and tubes. For that reason, tattoo shops also utilize pre-sterilized materials. These tools come individually wrapped in blister packs. Usually, these materials are sterilized with Ethylene Oxide gas, rather than high-temperature steam.
Self-Protection: Questions Tattoo Artists May Be Asked
It’s likely that you hold yourself to the highest safety and quality standards with your work. But it’s still important that clients ask questions to make sure they aren’t putting themselves at risk. In fact, you should encourage your clients to express any concerns they might have and ask you to explain anything they don’t fully understand. You should be prepared for:
- Your client to ask about your safety and sterilization methods
- Your client to ask to see your tattoo autoclave sterilizer
- Your client to look over your tattoo needles (in their blister packs or sterilization pouches)
- Your client to express concern if your tools are no longer in their sterilization tray or pouch
For some artists, this inquiry may feel invasive. But your client has every right to know that you’re using the right methods and that they aren’t putting themselves in harm’s way by working with you. Being forthcoming and compassionate will usually serve you well here.
You undoubtedly understand how much proper sterilization methods matter. But your client may not have the same appreciation or comprehension as you do. By knowing how to explain the process and proper techniques for sterilization, you can put their mind at ease and make the highest-quality art possible.