TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THESE MACHINES. We repair machines, we tune machines, we modify machines. These machines have been abused and mistreated. The rust on the armature bars shows a total disregard for the main tool of their trade. How do we know there aren't pathogens all over these machines? if this artist uses these, how does he / she know that there aren't pathogens, ready to infect the client? Obviously, this artist sprays down their machines with a virucide which corrodes and oxidizes steel. The handling of these machines will be done with GLOVES ON!! And guaranteed, the screws will be very difficult to get out.
This type of carelessness in artists is what we're attacking. So many artists are so wrapped up in brand name, hype, attitudes and egos, into their images and grooming their "tattoo artist" uniforms that they forget that knowledge is KEY!! In the process of becoming recognized as "tattoo artist", they have forgotten about the most important ingredient in their rock star world - THE CLIENT! THE GUY WHO PAYS THE BILLS, THE GUY WHO INNOCENTLY COMES INTO THE SHOP LOOKING FOR A TATTOO FOR WHATEVER REASON, AND EXPECTS IT TO GET DONE. Not all are educated enough to look the place over and see that there is barrier film over EVERYTHING the artist could touch with his / her dirty gloves!!! This includes bags on machines, clip cords, counter, bottles... this is up to us - to regulate ourselves.
Another issue we have is confidence in suppliers. We have had artists send back machines for repairs - even our own machines occasionally need a tune up. Some suppliers have told us that their clients have wanted to return certain brand machines because they are not performing... and some ACTUALLY HAVE TAKEN THE MACHINES BACK AND REPLACED THEM WITH ANOTHER!!! SO WHAT'S THE ISSUE?
1 - THAT MACHINE WAS USED!! IT HAS WORKED ON CLIENTS' SKIN!! THERE IS A GREAT CHANCE THAT THAT ARTIST HANDLED THE MACHINE WITH HIS / HER BLOODY GLOVES! PUTTING PATHOGENS ALL OVER THAT MACHINE. DID THE SUPPLIER TAKE THE RETURNED MACHINE AND RE-SELL IT, AND IN EFFECT RE DISTRIBUTE A PATHOGEN COVERED MACHINE?
- THIS IS SUCH AN UNPROFESSIONAL PRACTICE!!! BECAUSE OF IGNORANCE!
The supplier doesn't know the machine, it's function... how to fix it, he cannot even give tips to the ignorant artist on how to improve that machine's function!!
THIS BUSINESS HAS NO STANDARDS. REALIZE IT. IF YOU REMAIN IGNORANT, YOU HURT THE REST OF US AS WELL AS YOURSELF.
THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THESE MACHINES TO BE TREATED THIS BADLY, AND JUST THE SHEER MISTREATMENT SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT THEIR OWNER.