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What will a clean, safe tattoo shop look like? First of all, go with your gut: If a place doesn't feel clean or safe, or if something just seems off, look elsewhere. There are plenty of safe and reputable shops out there. Other than that, a good, clean tattoo shop will have the following things on hand:

  • Latex gloves

  • Sterile, disposable cloths or towels for cleaning tattoos

  • A virus-killing disinfectant for cleaning the workspace

  • Antibacterial hand wash (for the tattoo artist's hands) and sterilizing soap (for clients' tattoos)

  • An FDA-approved autoclave, which uses steam, pressure, and heat to sterilize the tattoo equipment

  • Sterile disposable needles (individually packaged, sealed and dated)