The third episode of our “Tattoo Safety” series was produced with the Cheyenne artist Yomico Moreno, who was born in Venezuela and is currently working in New York. Yomico will tell you more about the challenge of being a tattoo artist in South America and his method of working when it comes to hygiene.
YOMICOS HYGIENE ROUTINE
A clean and sterile environment is the perfect foundation for safe working. That is why it is very important to clean everything, which is not disposable and can not be autoclaved or ultrasonic sterilized. Before starting a session and after finishing one, Yomico sterilizes his equipment - the working station, the lamps, chairs for him and the client - with liquid disinfectants. The same procedure also applies to the machine, the grips, the power supply and the cords, even if everything has been covered during the whole session.
The working station is one of the places, which has to be clean and well organized according to the highest standards. You can work much faster if you know where exactly to find the right tool. Yomico suggests to put the ink bottles aside and have them stored separately from your working station. This way you do not risk to accidentally grab the ink with your working gloves and contaminate the bottle.
TATTOOING IN SOUTH AMERICA
In most of the countries in South America, there are no tattoo regulations and tattoo artists are not taken as a serious profession. The governments have a long way to go, to take tattooing more serious, recognize it as profession and implement laws, which would protect the tattoo artists and their clients.
Our video covers the following topics in detail:
- Keeping your working station clean
- Keeping your working environment clean
- Covering your machine - SOL Nova
- Safety of Cheyenne Cartridges
- The situation of tattoo artists in South America