Tattoos are by appointment only Operating Hours  
We have noticed that some shops in Malaysia claim that they are our branches. Please take note that we do not have any branches nor do we have any dealings with people tattooing by the roadside during any festivities. If you want us to do your tattoo, please take the following precautions to avoid ending up being tattooed by these unscrupulous people:

1) Take note that the name of our shop is Tattoo City Art Studio. Ask to see our licence. (Contact Us)

2) Print out a copy of our map to ensure that you can easily find our shop.

3) Ask to see our autoclave. The shops claiming to be our branches do not autoclave their reusables.
Quotable quotes on tattoos

1) A good tattoo ain't cheap, a cheap tattoo ain't good - author unknown

2) The bitterness of a poor quality tattoo remains long after the sweetness of the low price is forgotten - author unknown

3) The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who have tattoos, and those who are afraid of people with tattoos - author unknown

4) Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past. ~Jack London

5) What is the difference between a tattoo artist and a con artist? A tattoo artist quotes you what he is worth and a con artist quotes you a very negotiable price - author unknown

6) Not one great country can be named, from the polar regions in the north to New Zealand in the south, in which the aborigines do not tattoo themselves. Charles Darwin

7) Tattoos are like stories - they're symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful. Pamela Anderson

Basic Shop Hygiene
A tattoo shop should be completely cleaned and disinfected every day, with special attention being given to the sterilization room and tattoo area. All sterilization equipment should be cleaned down with alcohol and once a week stripped and cleaned from top to bottom.


Sterilization Equipment

Autoclave (click to view)
The autoclave is one of the most important pieces of hardware in a tattoo shop, and it is vital to possess this machine before tattooing professionally. All tattoo and piercing equipment that is not disposable must go through the autoclave after having gone through a series of pre autoclave processes. You can find autoclaves in places like dental clinics and hospitals. What is an autoclave? Basically an autoclave sterilizes materials with pressurized steam at very high temperatures. Depending on the type of autoclave, the sterilizing cycles can vary in the duration, but on average can take between 15 - 30 minutes or so. All autoclaves must be inspected regularly and periodically spore tested. According to the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, USA, the autoclave is the only acceptable means of equipment sterilization in the tattoo shop. If the shop does not use an autoclave, do not get tattooed there. Shops should keep regular records of their autoclave use and testing. Ask to see them if you feel uncertain.

Ultrasound (click to view)
The ultrasound machine is a pre autoclave process and is used to finely clean down the specific equipment like tubes and newly soldered needles and bars. Immediately after a tattoo, the disposables like needles, ink caps, unused inks etc are carefully packed and disposed. Other equipment like needle tubes and tips are put into the ultrasound machine and cleaned and disinfected with an antibacterial / cleaning agent. Then they are thoroughly rinsed and dried, and packed into autoclave bags and put into the autoclave for its sterilization cycle.


Tattoo Equipment

Tattoo Machines (click to view)
All tattoo artists and tattooists normally have 3 or more machines. After used they are cleaned down with alcohol or with some kind of anti-bacteria or virus product.

Needle Tubes & Grips (click to view)
Tubes & grips are what the needle and bar run through and come into direct contact with blood, plasma and penetrated skin. This piece of equipment is either made of surgical or stainless steel and is always reused due to the cost. However since blood and pathogens can get lodged in the hollow of the needle tips, it must be put through strict sterilization processes including the autoclave. The tubes are first cleaned and disinfected with the ultrasound machine, then packed into autoclave bags, sealed and sterilized using the autoclave. Look for the little colored indicator marks on the autoclave bags that confirms that the equipment is actually sterilized. Always ask the shop to show you their autoclave, and learn to recognize what it looks like. Do not settle for a bread toaster or rice cooker for "sterilization".

Needles and bars (click to view)
Nowadays most artists use presoldered needles that come packed in a blister pack. You should always insist that the artist take out the needles from the pack in front of you before assembling them to the tattoo machines. The artist should NOT set the needle down on the table, or, heaven forbid, DROP THE NEEDLE ON THE FLOOR!!! If this happens, insist they open a new needle.

Work tables
After each tattoo, the artist's work tables should be disinfected with an antibacterial and virus product before a new tattoo.

Ink & Ink Caps (click to view)
Every client gets their own pot(s) of ink and all used pots and unused ink are disposed of after the tattoo.

Gloves (click to view)
Gloves are very important in a tattoo studio. Normally 2 types are gloves are used, i.e. natural latex gloves and nitrile gloves. The color of the gloves is immaterial. However they must be the right size so that the artist does not risk puncturing the gloves. The artist must wash their hands prior to putting on their gloves, preferably with an anti-bacterial / antiseptic hand wash. Once they put their gloves on, they should not touch anything other than your skin, the needles, and the tattoo equipment. They should not be filling out receipts beforehand, or answering the phone--unless these have been wiped clean beforehand.

Razors (click to view)
If the artist needs to shave your skin before applying the stencil, check and make sure that he is using disposable razors. A risk of serious disease infection can occur whenever a razor is used because of the skin abrasion that occurs during shaving.

Spray bottles (click to view)
The spray bottle the artist uses on your skin should be disinfected between customers, or some kind of protective film such as Saran Wrap should be used.

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