Here's what you might expect from a normal tattooing procedure:
- The tattoo artist will wash his or her hands with a germicidal soap.
- The to-be-tattooed area on your body should be cleaned and disinfected.
- The tattoo artist should put on clean, fresh gloves (and possibly a surgical mask).
- The tattoo artist should then explain the sterilization procedure to you and open up the single-use, sterilized equipment (such as needles, etc.).
- If the tattoo artist is using the tattoo machine (with a sterile, single-use needle attached), the tattoo artist will begin drawing an outline of the tattoo.
- The outline will be cleaned with antiseptic soap and water.
- Sterile, thicker needles are usually installed on the tattoo machine, and the tattoo artist will start shading the design. Once the tattoo artist has cleaned the area again, color will be injected.
- A disposable cloth will be used to remove any blood.
- Once the new tattoo is finished, the area will be cleaned once again and a bandage will be applied.