The medical paper is used for clients to sit on which is then discarded after each client. This paper protects the clients from bodily fluids and ensures that these are not transferred to the next client. Other essential equipment includes gloves, gauze, and ointment to ensure hygienic conditions at all times so you don’t get hit by grim reaper disease.
Another tattoo medical and tools for sterilization include:
- machine rack (supports machine when it is not under use)
- glass jar (carries sterilized ink cap)
- steel trays (carries needle bars)
- disinfectant sterilization
- antiseptic care
- cleaning wipes
- tongue depressors
- other stencil supplies include
- colour pencils
- ink caps
- coloured inks
Other needle supplies include
- rubber nipples
- rubber bands
- round and flat tubes
All tattoo tools vary and differ from each other. Therefore one must take the time to become familiar with working the machine, but most importantly knowing how to sterilize and maintain the equipment for multiple usages.
Being sure that you have the right tools and equipment to perform the procedure is of the utmost important because something as permanent as the tattoo is much more involved requires a very meticulous approach to completion.
The tattoo tool consists of the machine and its frames that have detachable pieces, each individually connected and taken apart for individual sterilization. The tubes must always be taken off to be sterilized after each usage, which also includes the needles that are in the tubes.
Every inch of the tube must be sterilized which means that the hand to which the tattoo artist grips onto must be thoroughly sterilized too; the tubes are very often made from stainless steel or hard plastic.
The tubes do not make contact with the customer’s skin, but the ink and blood do make contact that can be autoclaved and can be removed from the machine.
They are also available in different sizes because of the needle sizes, so they can be very small or large, with the exception of the tube end that connects to the actual machine making it interchangeable. There are two different types of machines, each with subtle differences.
The first type is a liner which does exactly as it is named. The second being a shader, again living up to its namesake. The liner is built with smaller coils and has an upright position to it, whilst the shader is more angled with bigger coils.
The liner is built to only hold liner needles which are a needle bar that allows a small needle or needles to be attached to the end in groups. The liner needle perforates the skin via an up and down motion depositing the ink, and is useful to perform mainly line work and finer details.
The shader is as one would guess, used to fill in the larger areas of the skin with colour or shading, which is why it uses a larger coil.