Located in South Florida, HyperInk Studios hopes to help change the professional practice of tattooing while promoting safety and awareness to educate the general public.
From the studio website:
We believe in the art of creation and supporting the environment we live in. We strive to set an easy going atmosphere for our artist and clients. We move to create the Urban Art MECA of Fort. Lauderdale.
1. What Are Some of the Health Risks Associated with At-Home Tattooing
There are many known, and still unknown health risks, associated with tattooing. It is very important to realize that tattooing is a lot like having a small medical procedure done. As tattooing directly involves skin and bodily fluids, the artist, as well as the client, are at risk for contracting blood-borne pathogens, viruses and a wide range of infections. Although tattooing can be very safe if the correct sanitary procedures are followed, many artists do not know or practice the proper safety standards to ensure that a tattoo is done safely. After countless discussions with many talented artists, we have found that artists seem to find the subject of safety boring or “not as cool” as learning how to better their technique. Little do they know that safety should be their highest priority. You can become a great tattoo artist, but technical skill and craft are meaningless if the artist or their clients contract a potentially lethal disease because of a tattoo. A careless artist may not even be around long enough to reach his or her fullest potential.
2. What Needs to Change to Prevent Amateur Tattooists?
The increased popularity of tattoos is pretty evident. More people than ever are seeing tattoos on their friends, on television, and on the Internet. The popularity of tattoos, and especially the easy availability of tattooing equipment on the Internet, has bred two types of amateur artists. On the one hand, there are artists who see the potential to earn money with tattooing and approach it as nothing more than a hustle. These types of artists undermine the timeless craft of tattooing and are an insult to an industry we hold dear.
On the other hand, some amateur artists want to put in the work, make the sacrifices, and know that one does not become a tattoo artist overnight. These individuals tattoo out of their home because they have not been able to land an apprenticeship, or they landed an apprenticeship and were taken advantage of while learning little to no skills. These type of amateur artists need a place to train and develop the skills and techniques they will need to grow into professional tattoo artists. Every tattoo artist across the world has an opinion about home tattooers or, as artists call them, “scratchers.” However, few artists have worked to actively address the issue of home tattooing.
Some artists are afraid of being replaced, or they feel that new artists should pay their dues, yet these dues are usually left unclearly defined. Due to the dangers associated with amateur tattooing, we feel that there need to be stricter punishments by law enforcement, yet awareness is truly the key.
Young people, especially, need to be made aware of the dangers associated with amateur and home tattooing. “Scratchers” prey on high school kids, knowing that many kids want tattoos yet not a lot of them have parents that will fill out the consent form that is required in many states to allow a minor to get a tattoo.
3. Name One Thing Everyone Should Know About the Tattoo Industry
One overlooked fact is that tattoo needles expire. Just because an artist opens a package in front of you does not mean that the needles are sterile and safe.
4. Do Tattoo Artists Need to Be Licensed?
The tattoo artist should absolutely be licensed. Many artists disagree with licensing requirements because they think that the dues paid for the license do not go towards the industry. The licensing process is yet another reason artists go underground and operate under off of the grid.
5. What is the Process
in Becoming a Tattoo Artist?
The process for becoming a tattoo artist is truly unclear. Here, in Florida, all the state requires is for the aspiring artist to pass a blood-borne pathogens course that the Health Department offers, and a fee for the license. That’s it! You may not know the first thing an out tattooing or how to do it, but you are now a licensed tattooist… Many Florida based artist feel that the state should require apprentice hours signed off by a reputable studio one that the state finds to be enabled to properly train willing apprentices.
6. How Do You Find a Reputable and Safe Tattoo Shop?
To find a reputable tattoo studio, you can visit sites such as www.tattoo.com which confirm that a studio is licensed and reputable. Tattoo conventions are also great places to meet great artists and studios.
7. What Blood-Borne Dangers Are Present in Tattooing?
There are many blood-borne threats present in blood and, as tattooing requires exposure to blood, the artist must be a trustworthy person because they must keep both the client and themselves safe. If an artist fails to take the necessary safety precautions, they place their client at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis A, B, and C as well as infections such as staph infections. Staph infections, in particular, can be lethal and becoming ever more difficult to treat. There are also a host of other infections, some of which may be currently unknown, so it is essential to be as safe as possible when tattooing.
8. Natural Traits or Skills a Tattoo Artist Should Possess
To be a tattoo artist, you must already have a basic grasp of drawing and painting. An artist can always build up their skills, but it is important that they come into tattooing with basic technical skills and, even more importantly, that they are willing to always learn and adapt to new demands. A tattoo artist is a perpetual student; you can never stop learning new techniques and methods. Art is always changing and evolving; it is endless, and so should your studies be.
One overlooked trait is patience. Most tattoos require that the artist spend lots of time sitting in awkward positions while maintaining your concentration. Furthermore, it is important to be able to listen to people, not just because you have to collaborate with the client on the concept and design of the tattoo but because clients tend to talk about issues in their life as a way to take their mind off of the pain. Artists must be careful and sympathetic listeners.
9. If You See This Going On in the Studio…RUN for the DOOR!
If a studio uses metal tubes make sure that you inspect the autoclave to ensure that it is not leaking and that it is clean. Also, make sure that the studio can provide an up to date spore test on the unit. A sure sign that you are potentially being exposed to dangerous pathogens and diseases is if you see an artist tattooing a client and touching other surfaces (for example, answering a phone) while wearing contaminated gloves. This kind of flagrant violation of hygiene and safety procedures shows that the artist has no concern for their own safety, let alone the safety of their clients. Run for the door!
10. What Would You Like to Say to Scratcher Tattooists?
We would like to let them know that tattooing can be VERY dangerous in the hands of untrained and unlicensed artists. There are studios out there that have great apprentice programs; you just have to take the time to seek out the right one and make sure that you don’t get ahead of yourself, becoming a respected artist takes time and dedication. Furthermore, do not become so focused on the misconception that tattoo artists live a rock star lifestyle. Tattoo artist put in long hours. Sometimes up to 12 to 16 hours of tattooing, drafting, studying, and networking per day. Artist ARE their own business, and therefore they must keep up with all the issues and demands that accompany running a business. Pay your dues, keep up with your education, and always be willing to grow and change. People that want it in a flash… those don’t last.
Address: 3556 W. Broward Blvd
Ft.lauderdale, FL 33312
Telephone: (954) 587-7557
Fax: (954) 587-7459