The troublesome way to a hygienic tattoo studio

The troublesome way to a hygienic tattoo studio

If someone decides to work independently as a tattoo artist, they should already know what they are getting into. For example, always make sure that everything is clean and disinfected. But don’t put anyone in danger, don’t risk infection and rather wipe once too much than once too little. For us it was a matter of course that we should continue to educate ourselves accordingly. But it shocked us that there is such a strong deficit of trained authority employees in the tattoo hygiene area.

We got our first visit from the health department in the first studio where we worked at that time. Two completely intimidated people entered the shop. They introduced themselves as employees of the Hamburg health department. After a tour where nothing was to be criticized, followed: “You should give the customers blankets so that they don’t freeze” and “wash the blankets afterwards with the product of the detergent manufacturer who has a large green ‘A’ on the front of the packaging”. With these statements they left the shop and left us with two question marks in the eyes… During tattooing the customer loses blood and then we are supposed to buy blankets, cover the customer with them and wash the blankets afterwards with a detergent which mum uses? Which does not have sufficient disinfectant effect? And then the next customer may continue to use the blood-soaked blanket? No, thank you. At the opening of the next studio, we called the authorities ourselves and asked if they could stop by to check the store. The lady on the phone was very friendly, but replied quite quickly: “If you’re going to call, everything has to be clean”. Again we decided to take care of the matter ourselves. So we became aware of Clean Protect. Clean Protect is a company that deals with the topic of hygiene. They give hygiene training, advise on hygiene management and check the hygiene standards in doctors’ surgeries, tattoo studios and funeral parlours. We complete a two-day certificate of competence for tattoo artists and piercers in the field of hygiene, as recommended. Because in Hamburg nobody is obliged to such hygiene – refresher courses – not even doctors.  Each time we feel beamed back to school age. Sit down, put the pen in your hand and block on the table. Two days full of information – don’t forget to take notes! And in between there are little cuddly animals to touch, which are meant to illustrate faecal germs, hepatitis B or the HI virus. Incredibly fluffy and yet extremely effective as a deterrent. Last but not least, Clean Protect has prepared a test for everyone to relive the memory of their school days. If you have survived this and the two days, you not only feel a lot smarter, but also safer. Meanwhile I think we have a lot more to offer than many of the nice people at the health department. Which makes you think a little bit…

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