How to get Tattooed Safely During COVID-19

I think it should go without saying that this advice applies POST-LOCKDOWN. But, y'know. The Internet...

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly around the world and people are doing their best to take the proper safety precautions including tattooists. We’re all having to learn to live with new restrictions and new normals on what seems like a day to day basis at the moment but life does and should go on so here’s how to get tattooed safely during Covid-19 post lockdown in your country.

The pandemic has caused us to shift our schedules and rethink certain activities, such as getting tattooed. However, while some may think to reschedule their appointments, others have waited months to get tattooed by their favorite artist. They want to do what they can to get tattooed while staying safe. In the event that you’re getting tattooed soon, we’ve rounded up some of our best tips. How to get Tattooed Safely During COVID-19 whilst keeping you and your artist safe.


The most important thing to consider when approaching your tattoo appointment is to understand your body and assess how you’re feeling. If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, it’s best for yourself, your artist and everyone that you might encounter to stay home. If you’re feeling symptoms, let your artist know as soon as possible. Many shops around the world have made posts to their clients about how they’d like to reschedule appointments. So it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.


You should only get tattooed by artists who follow the proper health protocols. And in shops that provide safe ways of disposing of bio-hazardous materials. Make sure that your artist is wearing gloves at all times during the tattoo and changing their gloves as needed. Clip cords should be covered in a plastic film, as well as soap bottles, armrests and tray tables. There should be yellow boxes for needle and cartridge disposal within the shop. If the artist is using steel tubes, there should be an autoclave in the shop. Artists should also be cleaning their work station, machines, massage beds, etc with a disinfectant that kills all germs on contact. Both Bacterial AND Viral.


While bringing a friend can be a way to alleviate stress, extra bodies can present problems in a pandemic. More people in the shop means more opportunities for clients and artists to come in contact with COVID-19. Keep it safe and ride solo to your appointment.


Washing your hands (not just using hand sanitizer) is crucial, especially considering how many times we touch our faces every second. Be cautious of what you touch and make sure to have plenty of soap on hand. We also recommend avoiding handshaking for the foreseeable future, try an elbow bump instead.


This should go without saying but cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. If you have to sneeze or cough during your tattoo, try to let your artist know and do so away from other people. Also, after sneezing or coughing, be sure to wash your hands.


If you don’t think you’ll be able to make your appointment, make sure to let your artist know ahead of time. If you don’t cancel your appointment, your artist will be expecting you and risking contact with others to come into work. Be considerate of their well being and let them know in advance so that they can find a new appointment or stay home.


Our phones are hotbeds for germs and COVID-19 can live on surfaces for several hours. Keep your phone away from your face and sanitize it frequently with disinfectant wipes. Avoid using your phone throughout the tattoo process and in other public areas where the virus may be spread.

Tattooing can still be done safely during this time, you just need to make sure to follow a couple of simple rules. And, we can’t stress this enough, if you are feeling even remotely sick, please stay at home. When you go in public with an ailment like COVID-19 you are putting everybody you come into contact with at risk. Your artist will be ready to tattoo you when you feel better, it’s not worth the risk.

How to get Tattooed Safely During COVID-19
Please remember to wear you mask at all times. How to get Tattooed Safely During COVID-19!

The government has today announced further national measures to address rising cases of coronavirus in England.

It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:

  • HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
  • FACE – Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.

Face Coverings

  • People who are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, such as because of an underlying health condition, will continue to be exempt from these new obligations.
  • Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services will now become law (from 24 September).


  • Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code posters so that customers can ‘check-in’ at different premises using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details once the app is rolled out nationally (from 24 September).
  • Companies and organisations will face stricter rules to make their premises COVID Secure (from 28 September):
  • A wider range of leisure and entertainment venues, services provided in community centres, and close contact services will be subject to the COVID-19 Secure requirements in law and fines of up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
  • Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
  • Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated.

The government’s expectation is the measures described above will need to remain in place until March.