Here’s How Tattoo Appointments Might Change Amid Coronavirus

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In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, tattoo shops across the U.S. shut their doors in late March. Now, as all 50 states continue through phased reopening plans, tattoo shops (and other businesses within the personal services industry – nail and hair salons, spas, etc.) are restructuring, amplifying their disinfecting procedures, and working out the logistics of social distancing in professions where physical touch is inevitable.

Some states lifted restrictions on personal care services early (perhaps because spaces are typically more controlled than, say, shopping malls), while others have kept them shuttered until a more advanced reopening phase (potentially due to the lack of social distancing). But no matter when tattoo shops received the green light in each state, they had a strict set of new safety requirements to follow.

For a better idea of what your next tattoo appointment might look like, we tapped Avery Osajima of Lilith Tattoo, an all-queer studio in Seattle, WA. Having recently reopened, see how her shop prepared for and navigated this new version of “normal” ahead.

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