Updated: Aug 16
& why I prefer to work out of a tattoo studio
I worked with TJ back at Blue Lady Tattoo in 2018/19 where I was doing cosmetic tattooing and counter work and she was slaying tattoos. We instantly clicked with our dry sense of humour and cute dress sense. When TJ decided to take a break from Tattooing, I didn’t expect her to call me up several months later and tell me that she was secretly working on opening up her own shop and wanted me involved.
The space is beautiful in a truly unique way that only TJ and Brian can create with their nicknacks, prints, plants and their placements. It's inside the charmingly old Nicolson Building on Swanston street in the CBD and I love the space. The truly funny part of this story is several years back me wishing I could have a space in this building because I thought it was the perfect location and loved the old feel too it (I was a regular in the building due to Muses of Mystery and Retro Star ).
So here I am now in Heart & Soul, loving my beautiful spaceand I hope you will too!
Sooooo why a Tattoo Studio and not a Beauty Salon?
I'm not gonna lie, I have quite a few tattoos so due to that and working within the beauty industry, I've been into as many tattoo studios as I have beauty salons but never found that the health, safety and hygine levels equaled to those of a tattoo studio. This could be for a number of reasons such as more services being available in a beauty salon and training being too broad but personally, I've always found that tattoo studios are much safer and cleaner.
Now, please don't get me wrong, I have no issue with Cosmetic Tattooing being done out of a Beauty Salon and to clarify, when I say Beauty Salons i'm mainly referring to those who seem to offer 1001 services, not privte salons that specialise in a small number different treatments. In the futrue, I would love to expand my services - so i'm not throwing hate to those who offer more than Cosmetic Tattooing, please don't take it that way!
In Australia (and I believe for majority of the world), PMU (permanent makeup) falls under the beauty category and therefore is trained as so (this can be a 1 day course or a month long course depending on who you train with) where as tattooing is taught via an apprenticeship which generally goes for a number of years. Now, I'm no body art tattooist but I personally believe that at the end of the day Cosmetic Tattooing it is still Tattooing; you're implanting pigment into the skin and using similar equipment and techniques to achieve your design and therefor should be treated in such a manor in which training, care and serious consideration is taken.
In my experiance, tattoo studios are clean, crisp and have stricter health and safety guidelines compared to beauty salons so I want my clients to know their tattoo will be done with exceptional hygiene and the same love and care as a regular body tattoo.
Also, I know there are some tattoo studios and artists out there who don’t like Cosmetic Tattooing and I totally get it! Our industries are similar yet different in a number of ways and the lines that can be potentially blurred between them with incorrect knowledge can be harmful.
At the end of the day, do your research on not only your artist but also on the space! Trust your gut and if something seems off, then it probably is.