The area is then cleaned with green soap, then cleaned with alcohol. A stencil of the picture is then applied. At this point you'll be asked to look and see if the stencil is applied where you would like it.
To maintain cleanliness and sterilization, it is common for a tattoo artist to change examination gloves numerous times for one tattoo. Colors are now selected and put into individual ink caps that are disposed of when the tattoo is finished. Inks should NEVER be returned to the ink bottle, and if an ink cap runs out of ink, a NEW ink cap should be filled for use.
If it is your first time getting tattoo make sure the tattoo artist assembles his tattoo machine in front of you using new sterilized needles taken out of sealed sterilized bags. A thin layer of Bacitracin (antibiotic) is applied over the entire area that is about to be tattooed with a sterilized, wood tongue depressor. Bacitracin or other ointments are applied many times during the duration of a tattoo.
The outline of the tattoo is then applied. All excess ink on the skin is washed away with green soap and more Bacitracin is put on the tattooed area. Now the filling/shading-in is then applied.
When the tattoo is finished, the entire area where the tattoo has been applied is washed with green soap and alcohol. Another layer of Bacitracin or is applied. A sterilized bandage is then placed over the new tattoo. Make sure the bandage is taken out of a sealed sterilized bag.
IN THE CUSTOMERS PRESENCE, all needles, ink caps, and supplies should be disposed of in a biohazard container.
Finally, you should be given instructions on the care of the tattoo, or even a care brochure. At this point you should be asked if you have any more questions.