It’s hard to get tattooists to agree on what is the proper way to do things, like one proper, exact way. For example, not all tattoo artists shave an area before a tattoo. Or some use saran wrap to bandage a tattoo versus placing a more conventional bandage.
It’s kind of like anything in life, when you get people together who have their own take on what works from their vast training as well as their experience. That’s why it’s important to have a regulating body, to develop and share proper procedures that the State you are licensed in ask for, such as the Hawaii State Department of Health.
In the State of Hawaii, after getting a tattoo, it is required as per Regulation 11-17-10-H that after a tattoo: “the entire area is covered with a sterile dressing.” In this video, Tattoo Adam demonstrates the proper way to bandage a freshly tattooed area of the body with sterile gauze.
Wikipedia’s entry about medical dressing lists a sterile dressing as:
“…modern dressings  include gauzes (which may be impregnated with an agent designed to help sterility or to speed healing), films, gels, foams, hydrocolloids, alginates, hydrogels and polysaccharide pastes, granules and beads. Many gauze dressings have a layer of nonstick film over the absorbent gauze to prevent the wound from adhering to the dressing. Dressings can be impregnated with antiseptic chemicals, as in boracic lint or where medicinal Castor oil was used in the first surgical dressings “
We feel it’s important to do things appropriately and take care of all of our clientele, who we like to hanai (adopt) and make a part of Ohana (family). And why wouldn’t you want the best for your family?
The custom tattooists at our Waikiki tattoo studio all are certified by the Hawaii State Department of Health and we are proud members of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists. We are also the multiple time recipients of the Consumer Business Review’s Award for Custom Tattooing Studio of the Year in Hawaii.
In an upcoming blog, we will demonstrate the proper way to dress a custom tattoo! Thanks for tuning in and we’ll see you soon at our Hawaii tattoo shop in Waikiki, 434 Tattoo!
434 Ena Road