All Tattoos and Piercings realized in Tahiti
Tiki Tattoo are carried out under strict hygienic care. The following
is a brief breakdown of the hygiene processes carried out in the Tahiti
Tiki Tattoo studios. Note that the actual process is more complete.
Basically explained this process can be
broken down into 3 stages for both Tattoo and Piercing;
- Sterilise work zone
- Seal/cover work table and moveable equipment
- Remove sterile items from sealed bag
- Dispose of used needles
- Clean and place tubes or Pincers in sterilisation
- Sterilise work area
- Clean items for sterlisation
- Seal items in sterilisation bags
- Sterilise items in Autoclave
- Store sterilised items for next useage
The Autoclave is one
of the most important pieces of sterilisation equipment in a
Tattoo Shop, and it is vital to possess this machine before
tattooing professionally. All non disposableTattoo and Piercing
equipment must go through the Autoclave after having gone through
a series of pre Autoclave processes. You can find Autoclaves
in places like Dental Clinics and Hospitals.
Basically an Autoclave
sterilises material with pressurised steam at very high temperatures.
Depending on the type of Autoclave this cycle can vary in the
amount of time before full sterlisation is realized, but can
take anywhere between 20 to 60 minutes.
The Ultrasound machine
is a pre Autoclave process and is used to finely clean down specific
equipment like Tubes and newly soldered needles and bars.
machine uses Ultra Violet light to sterilise. It can be used for
things like Tattoo Machines or designing pens but not for material
that comes into direct contact with blood.
normally have 3 or more machines. After use they should be cleaned
down with some kind of anti bacterial and virus product. We use
a product called Minuten.
The Needle and Bar run
through the Tube and come into direct contact with penetrated
skin therefore need to be put through strict sterilization processes
until finally going through the Autoclave. All needles are new
and disposed of after use.
in the autoclave all tubes are sealed in a sterilization bag containing
a sterilisation strip which changes colour once the specified
state of sterilization has been reached. Before each Tattoo tubes
After each Tattoo the Artists'
Work Tables should be discenfected with an antibacteria and virus product
and before a new Tattoo everything to be covered with plastic wrap.
Every client gets their own
pot of ink and all used pots and unused ink are disposed of after each
Gloves are very important
in a Tattoo Studio. Here we use 2 types of gloves; Nitril for tattooing
and Latex for cleaning and sterilising.
Here at Tahiti Tiki Tattoo
we have all the necessary hygiene, and each Tattoo is carried out following
the correct hygienic procedures. A Tattoo therefore shouldn't have any
adverse reaction or infection due to the manner in which it was administered.
After finishing a Tattoo either the Artist or receptionist will advise
on all the Tattoo care needed by the client and instructions given out
in the appropriate language. Tattoo Care may vary from person to person
depending on their skin.
Our advice is;
- Wash the Tattoo at least
3 times a day with soap and water, pat it dry and with clean hands
apply Bepanthol making sure to massage the cream right into
the Tattoo until it is completely absorbed. Do not leave a cap of
cream on the Tattoo as this can cause infection.
- Continue with this treatment
until all of the dead skin peels off by itself.
- When the skin has all
peeled off, stop with the bepanthol and apply vaseline to moisturise
- Apply Vaseline everytime
the Tattoo seems dry.
- Avoid contact with;
- Chlorine (Swimming Pool)
Sometimes we may advise a
client to use cicatral instead of Bepanthol depending on skin sensitivity,
but generally for us the best is Bepanthol and usually in every country
there is an equivalent.
Not taking good care of a
new Tattoo during the healing period may lead to an infection and or
it's degradation. The best advice is from a professional and not the
mates. We recommend also that the clients follow our instructions rather
than those of another shop.
We also advise;
- Not to scratch the scabs
- Do not put any alcohol,
- Do not put gauze
- Keep the Tattoo as clean
as possible at all times
Unfortunately not everybody
can get a Tattoo. Illnesses such as Heamafilia and most skin diseases
are a no no. It's best to advise on illnesses such as diabetes, epilepsy
and allergies, to make sure it is in fact possible. Scars can be Tattooed
all depending on many different factors.
We can tattoo people carrying
virus such as Hepatitus and HIV as the methods we use protect against
the spreading of any particular illness, for us and the clients. Everybody
is treated with the highest level of hygiene
The best thing to do in any
case is to just ask, as we really have to see and talk to the client