We are a disposable only studio. Meaning each tube & needle, as well as other items used during a procedure are sent to us prepackaged, sterilized, ready for single use and disposed of immediately after. We do have an autoclave & ultrasonic in the studio, though we strongly recommend to any guest artist etc to use disposables.
The cleaning of the skin to remove bacteria before a tattoo/piercing/removal procedure.
Products used for skin prep in our studio:
Purklenz by solabs:
Items we keep on hand as alternatives:
Cosco Tincture of Green Soap
70% Rubbing Alcohol
Our choice for surface disinfectant is CaviCide by Metrex.
CaviCide is used to wipe down hard surfaces before and after procedures. It is also used to wipe down things used regularly around the shop that may collect bacteria like door handles, tables, chairs etc.
CaviCide kill claims:
Mycobacterium tuberculosis var: bovis (BCG) (TB)
Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii
Extended Spectrum ß–lactamase Escherichia coli (ESBL)
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE)
Staphylococcus aureus with reduced susceptibility to vancomycin
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
Herpes Simplex Virus Types 1 and 2
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1)
Human Coronavirus (not associated with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS)
Influenza A2 Virus
We are inspected by the Middlesex London Health Unit twice yearly. You may view our inspection results online here: https://www.healthunit.com/inspections-profile?Location=901
Each of our staff attends a yearly, full day seminar on Bloodborne Pathogens Infection prevention & Control. The seminar is taught by Progressive Mentorship. (http://www.progressivementorship.com)
It is designed specifically for those in the Body Modification community.
Remove Hypafix bandage provided by artist after 3-4 DAYS (depending on artists instructions.)
Gently wash area with fragrance free soap (dove or ivory, or the blue label Spectro-Gel)
Pat dry with clean towel. Do not rub vigorously or harshly. Use a clean towel each time, or soft paper towel.
Apply a thin layer of Unscented Aveeno (dark green label and top) 3-4x daily. Do not let the Tattoo dry out.
Do not listen to your friends aftercare advice, or share aftercare products. Your artist knows best.
Do not pick, or pull at healing tattoo- this causes scarring.
Have clean sheets, pillow cases & clothing etc.
Always wash your hands when caring for a new Tattoo.
AVOID: Vaseline, Polysporin, Harsh chemicals, exposure to the sun, tanning beds, pet claws, pet saliva in your healing Tattoo.