It’s clear that there is a huge monumental event taking place right before our eyes and if every little thing that happens affects our future in one way or the other, the same goes for this. Only this time, the change is bigger.
The coronavirus is now an exponential crisis that is going to change our lives. Our lives are going to essentially reset or change course because in a crisis we as human beings come together and through adaptability, we evolve.
As state and local municipalities fully reopen and more people receive their COVID-19 vaccines, tattoo artists are suddenly in high demand.
Some shops continued working in a limited capacity during the pandemic, but the current availability of vaccines is encouraging the previously hesitant to get inked.
Tattoo shops have been in a fortunate position during the pandemic, which has allowed them to adapt to enhanced COVID-19 safety precautions.
Due to the nature of the job, tattoo artists are already extremely diligent about cleaning and sanitizing workspaces between clients to prevent cross-contamination.
The tattoo needle is one piece of metal that has several ends to it and can have three ends or as many as 25.
Each type of needle can achieve different effects, for example; needles with fewer ends are used for outlining, while needles with more ends can be used for shading or colouring.
Your skin is pricked between 50 and 3000 times per minute by a tattoo needle. This is why today, tattoo parlours are extremely cautious when it comes to hygiene and are nowadays clean, sterile places.
Sterilisation of non-disposable materials is crucial to tattooing as tattoos are created by thousands of puncture marks to the skin- each of which could become infected.
This is why they use surgical gloves, cover everything in cling-wrap and use an autoclave. An autoclave works like a pressure cooker but instead uses a system whereby a combination of heat, steam and pressure kills all the bacteria on the equipment that is not disposable.
Many shops added temperature checks and face coverings to their list of requirements so getting a tattoo after a full vaccination should present very minimal risk.
Getting a tattoo is just as safe as visiting a salon or the dentist, particularly if people continue to mask up.
Many tattooists haven’t been able to give their clients a clear answer, and well, doctors don’t have one either. Because the vaccines are so new, info on this topic is limited.
How will our world evolve and shift in time to adapt to this pandemic? 2021 promises some interesting trends in the art and retail industry but the question remains, just how long will they last?