Frequently Asked Questions

How we sterilize our instruments for tattooing

First of all let's be clear that a majority of the items that are used are for one time use - disposable items - and most of them will come in sterile packaging.  Having them come in sterile packaging costs us more, and few studios do this, but for us it's peace of mind and we view it as a professional responsibility to our clients.

The only items that will be reprocessed and sterilized for a tattoo would be the actual grips and tubes that hold the needles and control the machine - the part that is held and makes contact with your skin.  While there are disposable forms of these items on the market, many artists prefer to use surgical grade stainless steel grips and tubes because the solid nature of the grips allow them to be more in control of their tattoos than a plastic one time use disposable.  For such a critical part of a tattoo it's important to use the best possible scenario.  Needles are never reused.  

The only items that will be reprocessed and sterilized for a piercing would also be the instruments actually used in the process.  Jewelry is never reused, but is sterilized before we use it in a fresh piercing.  Needles are never reused.  

In each situation, after the service the tools are placed in a disinfecting solution for 15 minutes to kill any organisms available on the surface of the tool.  This step however doesn't kill anything under the top layer of the tool.  This just makes the next steps a bit safer for the person cleaning the instruments. 

Next we will scrub the instrument using wire brushes to remove all dirt and rinse thoroughly.  Once clean we place into a heated ultrasonic cleaner where we add a solution that contains enzymes that kill living proteins and further disinfects the instruments.  

After the ultrasonic cycle ends, we then package the instruments into individually sealed bags and place them into an autoclave which then sterilizes the instruments via heat and steam by heating the instruments to over 280 degrees celsius.  At this point the bags remained sealed to keep the instruments from becoming exposed to outside elements and forces.  


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