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Best Practices: Tattoo Safety  

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The rules and regulations associated with Tattoo Studios are always evolving based on the technology and methods involved. The most critical goal should always be to provide a safe environment for both employees and customers in this growing business.

Because the tattooing process involves damage to the dermal layer, there's an inherent risk of infection. Also, the tattoo process often creates a large amount of blood creating the potential to cross-contaminate pathogens from surface to surface, and among the artisit and client.

It should go without saying that practicing good infection control is critical to health and safety and tattoo safety supplies are essential for wellness.

MDS Associates carries a multitude of tattoo safety products specifically designed for aftercare and to limit the risk of infection and cross-contamination.

Disposable Nitrile Gloves

Disposable exam gloves are the basis for this protection, and for tattoo artists there is the added bonus that these gloves come in Black, which doesn't show blood like lighter colored gloves. Available in a variety of popular colors, thicknesses, formulations and packaging, our most popular disposable medical-grade latex-free nitrile exam gloves are:

Infecton Control Barriers

We carry a full-line of disposable infection-control barriers that cover or protect surfaces and equipment prone to contamination. Disposable Surface Barriers reduce the need for harsh chemicals while saving time and money. Plus, they present a clean, hygienic sterile environment for clients that walk in the door. From computer keyboards to computer mice, from exam chairs to instrument trays, we have a barrier cover for virtually every application.

Our single-use +tattoo machine covers are quick, easy-to-use and protect your investment. Many parlors find the need for a barrier film that covers many different shapes and surfaces. Available in different colors and sizes, Check out our self-adhesive, no-residue barrier film rolls to cover, line or wrap equipment, trays, counters, handles and more.

Disposable lap towels, also referred to as patient towels or bibs are very versatile, practical and can be used as a liner or as a cover. They prevent skin-chair contact during your tattooing procedures, to hold disposable ink cups for the tattooing process, or as a skin ink wipe. They are constructed with two absorbent embossed layers of cellulose backed with polyethylene layer that prevent soak through. Similar to lap towels, also available are black colored soak pads that feature an absorbent center that is wrapped and sealed on all four sides by a polyethylene film with perforations on one side. Select from the +4-in x 7-in size or the +6-1/4-in x 7-in size.

Graham Beauty® +Sanek® 36-in x 50-in Black Drape Sheets provide discretion, comfort and will withstand fluid strikethrough. The linen-like material is warm and non-irritating and soft yet durable! The black color masks inks, blood and other fluids while portraying  a professional image.  Blue underpads are made of highly absorbent cellulose and a heavy polyethylene backing and make a great cover or liner for trays, counters, chairs, tables, stools and more. They are available in a variety of sizes.

+Disposable Clear Tattoo Ink Cups eliminate the need for ink stands and can be disposed after use saving studios time and money spent on sterilization while practicing good infection control. 

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Self-Sealing Autoclave Bags are designed to sterilize and store your metal instruments with medical-grade materials and nearly effortless use. These products feature built-in, color-changing indicators and a blue-tinted transparent covers, making it easy to detect any contamination issues and easier identification. For your convenience they come in a variety of sizes such as:

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There are many varieties of hospital-grade EPA approved Surface Disinfecting Towelettes that you may choose from depending on your own preference. They are pre-saturated and are provide fast, effective broad-spectrum pathogen killing power. In additional to germicidal surface wipes, many use +Wavicide-01 High-Level Disinfectant Sterilant Soaking Solution for the cleaning or soaking of metal instruments.

Having a diverse array of cleaning products is a necessity for any Tattoo Parlor. In this aim, MDS Associates carries Rolled Paper Towels to clean work areas and wipe down skin during tattooing as well as +Tincture of Green Soap to prepare the areas. +Sterile Alcohol Prep Pads and +Individually Wrapped Cotton Tipped Applicators should also be kept in bulk in any Tattoo Parlor because they are used so often and for many uses.


A skin protectant is a great way to better serve your customers and aid in their healing process. MDS Associates also carries foil packets of  +Vitamins A & D Ointment and +petroleum jelly in 15-oz jars or +5g foil packets which is a perfect handout for Tattoo skin aftercare. View Guard® Transparent Tattoo Dressing and Bandage Rolls promote quicker healing and better color/contrast. +Sterile Island Dressings are also very popular. Both are flexible, lightweight and designed to promote healing for maximum stenciling impact.

+Gallant Prep Razors feature an open design that allows operators an optimal view of shaving area.  The safe and easy to use contoured handle with sure grip ridges provides precise fingertip control when removing hair from stencil areas while the platinum coated stainless steel blade shaves close without nicks or irritation. +Disposable Unisex Twin Razors feature a plastic razor guard and will easily remove unwanted body hair.

Used as a skin prep within tattoo and piercing studios, tincture of green soap is typically diluted and used for its antibacterial and disinfectant properties to reduce the chances of a skin infection. It's also great for cleaning tattoo instruments, medical utensils and apparatus before sterilization and pre-scrub sanitation and ideal for remving dried blood and protein soils from skin, scalp and hands. Tincture Green Soap is available in +1-gallon jugs and +16-oz bottles.

Providing a safe environment for both tattoo employees and customers is critical. MDS Associates carries a multitude of tattoo safety products specifically designed to limit the risk of infection and cross-contamination within the tattoo market. By visiting mdsassociates.com you can browse through our many useful products and also learn more on the innovations in technology that will impact your business! 

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