Prep Work
The tattoo artist, who has washed and inspected hands for cuts or abrasions and disinfected the work area with an EPA-approved viricidal, dons fresh gloves and generally follows this procedure:
  • Places plastic bags on spray bottles
  • Explains the sterilization process to client
  • Opens up single-service, autoclave sterilized equipment in front of client
  • Shaves and disinfects (with a mixture of water and antiseptic green soap) the area to be tattooed

With the outline (stencil) of the tattoo in place -- or the outline of a custom tattoo drawn by hand onto the skin -- the actual tattooing begins.