Your Home Away From Home: The Tattoo Studio
It is very important to present a welcoming and tidy space to your clients so they can be assured of your adherence to high standards when it comes to tattooing.My tattoo studio is practically my second home. I literally live 5 minutes from the shop—which is both a blessing and a curse! (great to have such a quick jaunt to work—bad cause it’s too easy to “just go to work for a bit” and lose track of time). In the last 11 years I have spent so much time there that I know every nook and cranny of the building including all its special quirks. In fact, many times I must force myself to really stop and look around, because once you walk through your place a thousand times, you don’t always see what needs attention. Like cobwebs in corners, dust on shelves, chipped paint or accumulated boxes. (Oh Shit I better go down there right now and heed my own advice!) ***
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When it comes to having an appealing and safe tattoo shop & studio space, keep in mind the following:
- Lobby should be clean, organized, uncluttered and comfortable.
- Shop should be properly ventilated and clean.
- The walls, floor and floor coverings in the studio should be non-porous, washable and they should always be clean.
- Area around tattoo work stations should stay clean, including floor. (Stools are often rolled around in dripped ink spots and cause build up on wheels and messy marks on floor.)
- Studio should be supplied with continuous hot and cold running water.
- The studio should never be used for cooking, sleeping or living quarters.
- The whole shop should be kept free of rodents and insects.
- Exits should be clearly marked.
- Restroom should be kept in sanitary condition and provided with hot and cold running water, liquid soap, paper towels and toilet paper. (A little air freshener couldn’t hurt either!)
- Any waste material, such as paper towels, dropped on the floor during tattoo should be removed from the floor without delay and deposited in trash.
- Tattoo furniture should be made of non-porous or corrosive material and have a smooth surface for easy sanitizing.
- Studio should have good lighting. Bacteria have a more difficult time living in continuous light.
Busy tattooers need to remember to make time for the shop.A routine spring and fall cleaning should help keep things like burnt-out bulbs, touch-up painting and dusty corners at bay. And regular daily and weekly tasks should be assigned to all artists, particularly if there is no shop assistant to organize chores. I recommend having a chore list assigned to each person in the studio, and they can initial a chore calendar when the task is complete. This helps to keep track of everything and avoid any one person having to be the HARPY (I even made a step-by-step list of HOW to do each chore). Honestly, I’m always surprised how many of our new students/artists don’t know how to do a thorough job on chores!! I often feel like I am talking to my children when they were little… “this is called a DUST PAN…it goes with its friend Mr. Broom!”
PS Eikon Device Tattoo Supply has a large variety of items to help keep your studio clean as a whistle!