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.
Aftercare Butter and Lotion are now the leading aftercare products that are natural and very good at aiding the healing process. Tattoo Essence Butter and Lotion
Made from the following ingredients
Tattoo Coconut oil.
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids which enable it to keep skin smooth and retain moisture. The natural fats in coconut oil eliminate moisture loss through the pores of the skin. The Capric, Lauric and Capryllic fatty acids in it are antimicrobial and disinfectant, giving protection to fresh tattoos and wounds. They also aid in the repair of damaged skin. Coconut oil can help prevent premature ageing of skin and wrinkling.
Aloe is a natural plant, which has antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. It relieves pain and itching and delivers moisture deep into the skin. It allows the skin to breathe and it is a topical treatment for damaged skin. It is safe and effective as has been proved over years of use in hospitals to treat burns victims.
Tattoo Shea Butter
Shea butter is one of nature’s best kept secrets. It contains vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It has been used for centuries as a beauty and healing aid. It naturally contains vitamins A and E, which are both essential for maintaining the health, suppleness and elasticity of skin. It is a natural anti inflammatory which heals, soothes and rejuvenates the skin. It can also be used for numerous other things such as insect bites, scrapes and cuts
Tattoo Olive Butter
Olive butter is a natural bi product of olive oil. It is a skin emulsifier that helps reduce water loss from the skin. It is by nature hypoallergenic in nature and it is a deep moisturizer which promotes the retention of water in the skin.
Panthanol is a provitamin of B5, dervived from Pantothenic acid. It is used as a moisturizer and wound healer. It reduces swelling and soreness, itchiness and inflammation. It binds water in the skin and holds it there.
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.