Shop Safety

Topical Anesthetics - What You Need to Know

Read in English Leer en Español Topical Anesthetics - What You Need to Know Topical anesthetics are typically used to numb the surface of the skin to relieve minor pain or itching. They are commonly used by physicians during minor dermatological and cosmetic procedures, and can also be used during body modification procedures, such as tattooing and body piercing. Many topical anesthetics available both by prescription and over the counter are highly effective when used properly. However, side effects can and will occur if the different chemical compositions of each anesthetic are not taken...

Measuring Glove Size

Not sure what size gloves you need for your next procedure? This glove size chart will help you find the size you need for a proper fit.

Managing Your Tattoo Shop

If you're a new business owner or are thinking about opening a studio, it's important to know what's involved in successfully managing a tattoo shop. What elements, tools, tips, and tricks will help you stand heads and shoulders above your competition? What do you need to know to protect your clients physically and yourself and your staff legally? In this article, we touch on all the basics from shop safety to managing day-to-day operations to marketing your business and beyond. Even if you're an established tattoo shop owner, you're sure to learn something new...

Body Modification Skin Prep

Proper skin prep is an important part of the body modification process. It eliminates any bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms clinging to a client's skin so that they aren't pushed beneath the dermis and given easy access to a person's bloodstream, where they could wreak havoc on your client's immune system. By properly cleaning a person's skin before modifying them, you're preserving your client's health and protecting yourself from potential legal recourse. Learn the best skin prep methods for tattooing, piercing and scarification in this article...

A Piercer's Intro to Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of microscopically-small organisms. It involves understanding viruses, bacteria, fungi, molds, and other microorganisms, which is why it's relevant to piercers. It should be every piercer's top priority to protect their clients from dastardly microscopic organisms, but you have to understand them first to combat them. This article will teach you the basics of microbiology so you're better equipped to keep your work space free of bad microbes and ensure that your clients are being pierced in a safe, sterile environment...

Guidelines for Hand Hygiene

Proper hand hygiene is the most important control measures for preventing the spread of infectious diseases in your tattoo and piercing shop. In this article, we provide a brief history of the evolution of hand hygiene, explain the different types of bacteria that hand hygiene addresses, discuss the Center for Disease Control's guidelines for proper hand hygiene, review the differences between plain and antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, and show you the surgical-grade hand soap options available through Painful Pleasures...

Piercing Minors

Whether you're a parent of a child who wants to get pierced or a piercing artist trying to follow the rules, it's important to know your state's laws regarding piercing minors. To help you gain a better understanding of your state's regulations, we've put together a chart of rules for piercing minors by state. We've also included details about the legal repercussions of unlawfully piercing a minor where applicable...

Accessories to Organize Your Shop

The thought of getting your shop organized can be daunting, but our organizational tips and helpful accessories make it a breeze. In this article, we walk through the most common tattoo and piercing shop areas that need organizing and make suggestions for how to setup each area to merchandize products in the best way, keep each work space organized, and ensure that your employees can work as efficiently as possible.

Proper Post-Modification Clean-up Procedures

Each time you finish a tattoo or piercing, it's important to clean your workspace thoroughly and properly prepare for your next client. In this article, we talk about the four main steps in this clean-up and prep process that will ensure you're ready to do the next modification on your schedule: properly disposing of used supplies, cleaning surfaces in your workspace, cleaning and sterilizing your reusable tools, and prepping your workspace for your next body mod...

Tergazyme vs. Alconox

Tergazyme and Alconox are two leading brands of ultrasonic cleaner detergents that you can use in your personal or shop's ultrasonic cleaner to more thoroughly clean body jewelry, tattoo equipment and piercing tools before autoclaving them. We discuss the differences between these two product lines so you can pick the best one to use in your tattoo and piercing shop...