The following is our list of policies and standards related to body piercing.
As of July 1, 2010, it is a violation of Minnesota state law to tattoo anyone under the age of 18, even with consent of the minor's parent or legal guardian. This is a state-wide law and is not something for which we can make even a single exception
- State-issued driver's license or state-issued identification card
- Resident alien card
- Military identification card
Based upon the regulations set forth by the City of Minneapolis, these are the only forms of identification we can accept. Sorry, no exceptions.
Drugs and Alcohol
It is against local regulations, as well as unethical, to do a tattoo on anyone obviously under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The tattoo artists, and members of the management team, at Saint Sabrina's reserve the right to refuse service to anyone they believe, or suspect, is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
You wouldn't want our tattoo artists to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while doing your tattoo, so we expect the same from you.
Please understand this is for your safety as well as the safety of our tattoo artists.
Sterilization And Infection Control
One of the most important aspects of receiving a tattoo is the cleanliness of the procedure. When tattoos are not performed in a clean, safe environment, the potential exists for spreading infectious diseases. The tattoo artists at Saint Sabrina's adhere to strict standards for sterilization of their equipment. These standards help ensure the tattoo you receive is both safe and attractive. Most of the supplies used for a tattoo are single-use and disposable, meaning they are brand-new when used on you and then disposed of immediately, never to be re-used on anyone else. This includes, most importantly, the needles and needle bars used to perform the tattoo. No needles are every re-used!
All needles and needle bars are sterilized before being used to ensure they are as clean as possible. Once the tattoo is completed, the needles and needle bar are disposed of in a Sharps container.
All inks used for tattooing are used in a single-use fashion. Before the tattoo begins, the tattoo artist will place small amounts of tattoo ink into disposable plastic caps. These ink caps and the remaining ink are disposed of immediately after the tattoo. This prevents contamination of the larger ink containers, thereby preventing the spread of infectious diseases.
There are a few pieces of equipment that must be reused. For a tattoo, this consists of the tattoo tube (the part the artist holds onto) and the tattoo machine. Before every being reused, tattoo tubes are first disinfected and then placed into an ultrasonic cleaner. The ultrasonic cleaner uses intense vibrations to loosen and remove any blood and ink. The tubes are then manually scrubbed. After scrubbing, the tubes are placed in sterilization pouches and processed in a steam autoclave sterilizer. Steam autoclaves are the same devices used by hospitals and dentists to sterilize their equipment.
Autoclave sterilization is the ONLY way to ensure that all re-usable equipment is free of disease-causing organisms. Once per week, we conduct a spore test on our autoclaves to ensure it is functioning appropriately. A spore test is a biological monitoring test performed by an independent lab which verifies our autoclaves are destroying all microorganisms, including bacterial spores.
Disinfection of the tattoo rooms and work surfaces are additional steps step we utilize to make your tattoo a safe as possible. All surfaces in the tattoo rooms that could potentially become contaminated, are disinfected between each client, using a high-level disinfectant.