How to Tattoo with an Electric Machine
The following information is to assist you in learning about tattooing and is not a tattoo course structure.
After the tattoo is finished, it is important to clean and disinfect the area. This will also allow you to get a good, clear look at the finished product in its entirety. Use clean cotton and clean water to clean the tattoo. Clean around the tattoo with alcohol to clean the area surrounding the tattoo. Do not use the alcohol on the tattoo itself. Aside from stinging very badly, this can also cause the color of the tattoo to run or cause a bad skin reaction with the ink. Use some type of lubricating oil or Vaseline on the tattoo after cleaning it with water to make sure that it does not dry out. Then use a folded paper towel and some surgical tape to cover the tattoo and protect it.
For clients who have just received their first tattoo, there are some care instructions and other recommendations which you should give to them. First, they should not use soap to clean the tattoo for the first week. After that week, there may be some irritation or itching. In this case, it is important not to scratch or rub the area. Instead, use Vaseline or other non-alcohol based wound care products on the tattoo once or twice a day. For the first two weeks, the client needs to make sure that their hands and anything else which comes in contact with the area are washed and clean to avoid infection.
Johnson’s baby oil applied several times a day works well
Skin care lotion
Color Guard stick
After care salve
Bepanthen for wounds, first aid or plus. We find this to be the best thing to put on tattoos. Do not use Bepanthen for nappies.
Always sterilize non-disposable equipment
Always think as you as a customer and what you would want to see the tattoo studio do before having a tattoo.
Always answer the customers question about hygiene. It’s there health that’s at stake. Always remember that the health regulations that apply to your tattoo studios vary greatly around the world from stringent to non-existent, so it’s your responsibility to make sure.
Let future customers watch you do tattoos while you work. In most cases most tattooists will be happy to allow customers to observe them at work.
Start by thinking about the work area in general. Is it tidy, well lit and well organized? Customers can tell a lot about a tattoo artist just by looking at their work area. Keep a close look out for anything that just doesn’t seem right. Someone who works in a mess is more likely to lose customers.
Always wash your hands between clients. Do not touch any unnecessary surfaces such as light switches, the telephone, computer, radio etc. while wearing dirty gloves? This raises the potential for cross contamination from surfaces that may not be cleaned after every client.
Is the studio equipped with items such as plastic barriers on the various machines and power supply switches? This shows a general commitment to hygiene and reduces the risk of cross contamination and makes it much easier to clean up between treatments. An artist who employs stringent hygiene procedures is more likely to take care of clients tattoo and there health.
The Big Day
When it comes to the day you tattoo, make sure that your client has no allergies, because in rare cases it is possible to suffer an allergic reaction to the pigment in the ink. Always break open the new needles in front of your client, so they can see that you are using new needles.
If you keep these basic precautions in mind you’ll eventually find your clients will trust you as an artist who can provide them with a beautiful new tattoo and keep them safe from the risks of a tattoo related infection at the same time.
The Autoclave is one of the most important pieces of sterilization equipment in a Tattoo Studio, and it is vital to possess this machine before tattooing professionally. All none disposable Tattoo and Piercing equipment must go through the Autoclave after having gone through a series of pre Autoclave processes.
Basically an Autoclave sterilizes material with pressurized steam at very high temperatures. Depending on the type of Autoclave this cycle can vary in the amount of time before full sterilization is realized, but can take anywhere between 20 to 60 minutes.
- Nondestructive cleaning
- Consistent levels of cleaning performance
- Aqueous based environmentally friendly cleaning
- Fast automated cleaning – saving time and money
- Cleans inaccessible areas that cannot be cleaned by any other method
- Transducer bonded to the base of the tank converts alternating electrical power directly to mechanical energy, which vibrates the transducer at approximately 40,000 times a second, which in turn creates sound waves which travel through the fluid.
The sound waves cause “cavitation bubbles” as the liquid fractures and grow to an unstable size, collapse and implode. (explode inwards)
Each implosion causes extremely high pressures and temperatures and the cleaning fluid rushes in to fill the space.
This process of cavitation occurs 30,000 times a second and on a micro scale which is unseen in the tank – it is however the process which makes ultrasonic cleaning so effective.