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How Richmond tattoo shops plan to reopen

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Posted at 9:11 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 21:11:09-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Tattoo shops in Virginia are preparing to reopen during Phase One of Gov. Northam's reopening plan.

In Richmond, Loose Screw tattoo has released their reopening plans including utilizing private rooms, PPE, and a 16-step sterilization process.

“We’re all really excited to get back to creating art for our clients again,” said Loose Screw owner and artist Jesse Smith. “I feel like we’re heading back to school after a long summer vacation. I love my job and I’m excited to get back into it.”

Tattoo shops already practice strict sterilization procedures, but are adding additional procedures for sterilization and safety.

Here are a few things Loose Screw is doing to reopen:

  • Each artist has his or her own private room
  • All artists will be wearing a mask, eyewear and an apron when tattooing. All clients will also be given a mask and a pair of gloves if need be.
  • Every artist/employee at Loose Screw Tattoo has been trained in cross contamination and will use that training to minimize the potential spreading of any viruses.
  • Tattoo artists will follow a 16-step sterilization process before anyone arrives at an artist’s tattoo station, which includes hand washing and surface sterilization, as well as machine, ink, and surface protection.
  • Extensive shop cleaning that is performed daily.

Additionally, clients will be required to wears masks and any extra guests will not be allowed inside. Tattoos will be done by appointment only.