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;

  1. Sterilise work zone
  2. Seal/cover work table and moveable equipment
  3. Remove sterile items from sealed bag
  1. Dispose of used needles
  2. Clean and place tubes or Pincers in sterilisation liquid
  3. Sterilise work area
  1. Clean items for sterlisation
  2. Seal items in sterilisation bags
  3. Sterilise items in Autoclave
  4. 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.

This 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.



Tattoo Machines
Most Tattooists 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.
Needles and Tubes  

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.

Before sterilising 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 and needles



Tattooing/Piercing Tables

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 Tattoo.


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;

  1. 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.
  2. Continue with this treatment until all of the dead skin peels off by itself.
  3. When the skin has all peeled off, stop with the bepanthol and apply vaseline to moisturise the Tattoo
  4. Apply Vaseline everytime the Tattoo seems dry.
  5. Avoid contact with;
    - Chlorine (Swimming Pool)
    - Seawater
    - Sun

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, cologne etc...
  • 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 first.

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