A while back, I made an observation about the amount of plastic required for tattoos. This realisation tore me apart. Both zero waste and tattoos have supported significant improvements in my mental wellbeing. What’s more confusing is that my tattoos are a celebration of the native bushland that I strive to protect.
I caught up with my tattoo artist and asked her ALL the questions. Credit to her for letting me question her profession. She talked to me about biomedical waste, sterilisation, blood borne pathogens, best practices, poor sterilisation practices, improvements in industry standards, her daily cleaning routine, buying supplies in bulk and health department checks. It was eye opening.
She also gave me some helpful tips to reduce waste when getting inked:
- Personally shave the area that you’ll be getting tattooed. It will save a single-purpose plastic razor.
- Wear clothing that doesn’t come into contact with the tattoo area. It is better for aftercare and will save excess plastic wrap and paper towel usage. I certainly won’t miss the paper cuff.
- Bring a towel. It will reduce the need for paper towels and other physical barriers that collect ink stains.
- Avoid expensive clothing. Similar to above, it will reduce the need for paper towels and protection.