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I use clinical
grade barrier wrap, the same wrap as would be used by your dentist.
With clinical barrier wrap no soak through was evident even after 5
Magnifying lamps are commonly used by Cosmetic Tattooists during the
procedure to check their tattooing.
In addition to cleaning and disinfecting
the lamp body before and after each procedure a barrier wrap should be
used to prevent the lamp from being contaminated when the tattooist
touches the lamp during the procedure.
Clinical barrier wrap is much thicker
and far less permeable to micro-organisms compared to kitchen cling wrap.
Kitchen cling wrap is permeable and therefore does not
provide a good micro-organism barrier.
NB. Beware of cheap imitations of
clinical grade wrap sourced from some Asian manufacturers as they may
not comply with local standards for infection prevention due to
permeability of the plastic.
You may find that kitchen grade cling
wrap being used by some service providers to provide a contamination barrier to
try and prevent cross infection.
In the demonstration above, water with red food
colouring easily soaked through kitchen cling wrap suspended over a glass
I use foot switches in all procedures.
procedure the Cosmetic Tattooist will need to turn the tattoo machine
and the Mag lamp on and off several times. Touching switches with
contaminated gloves is an obvious potential source of cross infection
Foot switches are
a far more hygienic alternative.
Using hand switches for lamps and tattoo
machines is quick and cheap, but also increases the risk of cross
I use sterile surgical gloves during all procedures.
Health guidelines insist that a new pair of clean gloves are used for
each Cosmetic Tattooing procedure, but they also
recommend the use of
sterile gloves over clean gloves.
Using sterile gloves during a procedure reduces the risk of post
procedure infections in the tattooed skin.
Using clean gloves instead of sterile gloves
during a procedure saves money but also increases the risk of
I use single use sterile clinical dressing packs and aseptic technique during all procedures.
During a Cosmetic Tattooing procedure the Tattooist will need
somewhere to place their procedure equipment.
technique and using sterile working fields will reduce the risk of
Many cosmetic tattooists do not have ready
access to an autoclave so reuse of direct procedural items carries a
risk to the client.
Using reusable containers such as kidney
dishes instead of sterile disposables saves money but also increases
the risk of infections.
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Of course a brand new sterile needle should be used for each procedure
but other parts of the tattoo machine also provide a potential source
of cross infection.
parts of the tattoo machine are difficult to sterilise and therefore
some service providers may be tempted to wash, clean, and reuse
disposable components such as transmission shafts.
Brand new sterile
components are always individually wrapped.
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Any Rotary Pen Machine should be stripped right down to the motor
assembly and brand new sterile components should be used for every procedure.
According to health guidelines these new packets should be opened in
front of the client.
Reusing parts of the tattoo machine assembly may
save money but it also increases the risk of cross infection between
I use individually wrapped packs of clinical grade sterile gauze during every
During a procedure a Cosmetic Tattooist will need to wipe the tattooed
area frequently, gauze is the best material for this purpose because
it does not tend to leave strands sticking to the tattooed skin the way that
for example cotton wool or other materials can.
Using sterile gauze to wipe over tattooed (punctured skin) surfaces
will reduce the risk of
Using un-sterile gauze, tissues or makeup wipes to clean
punctured skin surfaces may save
money but it also increases the risk of infections.
I use single use medical grade sterile saline sachets in all procedures.
During a procedure a Cosmetic Tattooist will need to moisten skin
wipes with water to assist with cleaning the punctured skin surface and
to reduce skin irritation that may be caused by using dry gauze.
Saline solution is
ubiquitously used by clinical staff worldwide due to it having
isotonic harmony with bodily interstitial fluids and tissue.
Using sterile saline reduces the risk of infections and decreases the
potential for damage to punctured skin which in turn increases the speed
Using tap water to clean a clients punctured skin
may save money but it also increases the risk of infections and may
delay the healing process especially if damage to deeper skin layers is caused by
using a hypotonic solution that contains a range of contaminants.
I use a regulation clinical waste bin.
Cosmetic Tattooists will dispose of their used needles (sharps) into a
regulation sharps container for correct disposal. All other procedural
disposables should be discarded into a clinical waste bin for disposal
by an approved service.
Correct waste disposal provides protection against cross infection for
all clients and for others.
Disposal of clinical waste into the general
rubbish may save money but it increases the risk of cross infections
for both the client and others. It is also a breach of health
I carry the full range of Amiea German Manufactured Pigments
that are subjected to rigorous DERMA TEST® testing for allergy
You can be assured of a great range of
colours to choose from to compliment your skin and hair colouring.
NB. If you want the ultimate in
hygiene ask about our single use Amiea Monodose pigments.
The pigments used by a
Cosmetic Tattooist are by design different to the pigments used by a
body art tattooist. Products such as, henna, food dyes, inks and body
art pigments should not be used for cosmetic tattooing.
In some countries there are very few if any regulations regarding the
manufacture and supply of tattoo pigments, and at times lead has even
been used by some pigment manufacturers.
It is important to ensure that your Cosmetic Tattooist is using
appropriate pigments from reputable suppliers.
High quality cosmetic tattoo pigments can be
expensive so there may be a temptation to use cheaper alternatives.
Costs may also be cut by only carrying a small
range of colours which narrows your choice and may result in an
unsuitable colour compromise.
Cheap pigments can be purchased via eBay for as
little as $1 but who would want them tattooed into their skin?
All products I use during Cosmetic Tattooing
procedures are done so with due regard for the manufacturers
instructions and the clients individual circumstances.
Every procedure is tailored to the client for
their particular requirements this includes adapting for their
individual sensitivity to discomfort.
My anaesthetics are supplied with with the
full ingredients listed and have comprehensive accompanying safety precautions.
The topical anaesthetics I use are purpose specific,
manufactured in Australia and obtained legally from a licensed PhD
Topical anaesthetics are
frequently used by Cosmetic Tattooists to make a tattoo procedure more
comfortable for clients and they can be very expensive.
To ensure the comfort and safety of a client it is important that
topical anaesthetics are used appropriately.
For example Emla cream is inappropriate for use prior to cosmetic
tattooing, it is alkaline and should never be used near the
eyes because it could cause caustic burns and permanent
damage to the
Always make sure that your
cosmetic tattooist is using safe topical anaesthetics that are clearly
labelled and obtained legally from a pharmacist.
Using too much topical anaesthetic can be
harmful, using too little can cause excessive discomfort, using the
wrong type can cause permanent damage.
Using occlusive wraps, external heating and
ultrasonic stimulators to enhance the effect of poor quality
anaesthetics can be very dangerous, if a cosmetic tattooist is using
these methods they have not been adequately trained in the safe use of
Using topical anaesthetics manufactured overseas
may not comply with Australian standards. Purchasing anaesthetics from
an under the counter or unlicensed source is illegal and potentially
Standard Pigment Cup Holder
My procedures have been audited by a highly
experienced health practitioner to ensure that I am complying with
"Best Practice" for infection prevention.
Every Cosmetic Tattooist has a responsibility
to ensure that their procedural methodology is designed to minimise
the risk of transmission of blood borne communicable diseases (BBCD).
Unfortunately bad practices
can find their way into training courses and ultimately into the
procedures that a technician adopts.
For example using a pigment
ring instead of a standard pigment cup holder exposes the tattooist to
a much higher risk of needle stick injury which could lead to
transmission of a blood borne communicable disease.
Currently it is unknown how many practicing tattooists are carriers of
It only takes one needle stick injury!
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If a cosmetic tattooist is using a pigment ring
its a fair indication that their procedures have not been adequately audited by
an infection control expert. If risks are being taken in one area they
may be taken in other areas too.
Taking unnecessary risks during a procedure
demonstrates a lack of due care and it is just foolish when some
sensible modifications to procedures can reduce risks substantially.
All my clients are required to complete a
short medical disclosure questionnaire and a consultation is conducted
to identify if what the client would like to achieve is feasible.
In some circumstances I will ask the client
to seek medical approval from their doctor or specialist prior to
providing a treatment.
Occasionally I will tell a client that I will
not be able to provide a Cosmetic Tattooing service because of certain
There are circumstances where it is inappropriate to provide a
Cosmetic Tattooing service either because of the clients health status,
or because of the law (e.g. under 18), or because the tattooist has reason to believe
that the client is highly likely to suffer significant regret because
they are requesting a very extreme type of tattooing service.
Providing a Cosmetic Tattooing service without
due regard for contraindications and absolute preclusions is
All linen is changed after each client and strict cleaning &
are followed after each client and at the end of each day.
If you want to know about my cleaning
procedures just ask me.
Cleaning standards within a
salon are often the part of hygiene that a client does not get to see.
Correct cleaning of a salon has a substantial impact on reducing the
risk of cross infections between clients.
A cosmetic tattooist should
be able to clearly tell a client what their cleaning procedures are
and the rationale for their procedures.
Cutting corners on salon cleaning can save time and
money but it also increases the risk of cross infections. Even simple
hygiene errors such as using a cleaning or disinfecting wipe across several surfaces
can spread micro-organisms around a salon.
Asking how a salon is cleaned is your right.
certificate of registration
for Skin Penetration & or Tattooing Procedures
and their most recent inspection report should always be available for you to view.
Here are the comments from my salons most recent health inspections, don't accept anything less!
Ever since we first developed, introduced to practice, and began
teaching our superior procedural methodology for Cosmetic Tattooing
within Australia there have been those who make flawed attempts to
copy our methods and pass them off as their own,
don't be fooled. Our procedural doctrines and methodology are our own
procedural doctrine was developed in conjunction with and audited a
Registered Health Practitioner, any changes to equipment or procedures
are supervised by, and formally re-audited by my health advisor who has 30 years of formal qualification and extensive
experience in Clinical Procedures, Accident & Emergency, Occupational Health & Safety,
Health Education, Infection Prevention and is a former St Johns
Ambulance Honorary Lecturer.
Many of the Cosmetic Tattoo training service
providers in Australia have no formal qualifications in any health
discipline nor do they have any in house or any on site direct
supervision by a Registered Health Practitioner and yet they may claim
the capacity to teach students about anatomy and physiology, health
preclusions & contraindications and infection control. Some are even
illegally suppling scheduled anaesthetics in contravention of the
therapeutic goods act and with little or no comprehension of the safe
usage of those products. Some of the students of those service
providers in turn branch out offering new training services by copying
bits and pieces of information cherry picked in a piecemeal fashion
from a variety of sources without the direct supervision and
coordination by an on site qualified
Registered Health Practitioner.
suspect that you are being
misled simply ask for the registration number of the Cosmetic
Registered Health Practitioner, if they are not 'on site' then no
direct and immediate health supervision exists. I can provide you this
peace of mind for no additional cost, just ask.
fooled no other Cosmetic Tattoo
training service is authorised to teach our procedural
methods or provide access to any of our copyrighted course materials
unless they are a 'currently' licensed CT-AIVEP™ trainer. We take this
matter so seriously that we offer a $10,000.00 reward to
anyone who provides verifiable information about breaches of our course
copyright or procedural doctrines by any other training provider that leads to their prosecution for copyright
or trademark infringement. If you think our course
material or doctrines are being taught elsewhere without our authorisation
contact us and register for your reward.
CT-AIVEP™ on your Cosmetic Tattooists certificate of qualification,
that is your confirmation that the tattooist has been provided
comprehensive training using procedural doctrines that were Audited by
our on site Registered Health Practitioner.