Studio Update: COVID-19 Protocols

UPDATED August 3, 2021

The times keep on a changin’, and we continue to evolve and keep pace with them. We closely monitor current information on COVID-19, its variants and public health recommendations and update our protocols accordingly. Thank you for continuing to refer back to this post in order to keep current on our studio protocols. And thank you for your ongoing support as we prioritize public health, the health of our clients and the health of our artists and our families. We appreciate you.

If you have yet to get poked – with the vaccine – please do it. It’s less painful than a tattoo, shorter than a tattoo, easy to access and FREE. Find places to get poked HERE. Including at Home!

 

Prior to COVID-19, AWP already had strict protocols in place to proactively protect public health. This studio is clean, Carol Ann! When you come in to the studio for your appointment, you can expect that:

 

Current Updates:

  • UPDATED 8/3/21: Effective immediately, all appointments require either proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the prior 72 hours. Clients with a vaccination card are required to provide a completed COVID-19 vaccination card, with their final dose at least fourteen days prior to their appointment. Click HERE for additional information.

 

  • Everyone working at AWP is fully vaccinated and is wearing masks. BOOM!

 

  • UPDATED 8/3/21: We continue with strict COVID protocols in order to protect the health and safety of every person in our studio. Why? Because our training and certification in Prevention of Disease Transmission centers on the practice of Standard Precautions, which are protocols used when providing care to all individuals, whether or not they appear infectious or symptomatic. In other words, employing practices that assume everyone is a potential mode of illness transmission interrupt the chain of transmission. And breaking a link in that chain of transmission provides protection for everyone. That’s science talk right there. Simple takeaway: wear your mask and stay home when you’re feeling sick, including if you’re coughing or sneezing for any reason.

 

  • UPDATED 8/3/21: Masks continue to be required for everyone for the duration of your time in the studio – regardless of vaccination status. Respect for one another – it’s easy, it supports public and personal health and it keeps our business open. We will provide each person with a new surgical mask to wear for the duration of your time in the studio. The surgical masks we provide you help ensure the tattoo workspace is as clean as possible. And hey – we do support freedom of choice. If you choose not to wear the fresh surgical mask we provide, no problem – we will choose to reschedule your appointment.

 

  • UPDATED 8/3/21: Clients are health screened through an online wellness screening 24-48 hours prior to arrival and again upon arrival at the studio. Please be honest. If you are feeling ill, please stay home. If you are coughing or sneezing for any reason when you arrive, we will reschedule your appointment. It would be awkward to have to send someone home. Noone wants that. Right? We understand that it’s frustrating to postpone and wait even longer for your new tattoo. Life over the last year and a half has been a series of delays. We get it. PLEASE keep in mind that Awen and Matt want to stay healthy for the safety of every other client we see, for our families, for our own safety – and so that our business can remain open in order to avoid even more delays. Appointments which have not been confirmed with a completed health screening by 6pm the night before the appointment will be subject to cancellation and the deposit forfeited.

 

  • UPDATED 8/3/21: We’ve reinstated our 72 hour notice to cancel or reschedule an appointment. We appreciate that most everyone is respectful of our time and recognizes that we need at least three days notice to fill an opening – hey everyone needs some time to find childcare or arrange for a day off from work. That said, if you begin to feel unwell in any way we encourage you to reschedule, even at the last minute. Contact your artist and we will work with you. Deposits are not refundable.

 

PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT:

  • We want to support the efficacy of the vaccine, and as we all know, the vaccine ramps up the immune system to build those antibodies. (Hello feeling symptomatic for a few days!) In the interest of supporting the immune system, please allow a minimum of 14 days between your most recent COVID vaccine and your tattoo. This includes the 1st, 2nd and any booster shots. Please proactively plan accordingly. If  you have an appointment scheduled, we will happily reschedule – and if you’re booking a new appointment plan around those vaccines!

 

  • UPDATED 8/3/21: Clients are health screened through an online wellness screening 24-48 hours prior to arrival and again upon arrival at the studio. Please be honest. If you are feeling ill, please stay home. If you are coughing or sneezing for any reason when you arrive, we will reschedule your appointment. It would be awkward to have to send someone home. Noone wants that. Right? We understand that it’s frustrating to postpone and wait even longer for your new tattoo. Life over the last year and a half has been a series of delays. We get it. PLEASE keep in mind that Awen and Matt want to stay healthy for the safety of every other client we see, for our families, for our own safety – and so that our business can remain open in order to avoid even more delays. Appointments which have not been confirmed with a completed health screening by 6pm the night before the appointment will be subject to cancellation and the deposit forfeited.

 

ON THE DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT:

  • Please minimize what you bring into the studio. A water bottle, earbuds / AirPods, a basic day bag – all good. Several giant bags and sacks of fast food – not so much. Keeping it minimal helps ensure the tattoo workspace is as clean as possible.

 

  • Clients are expected to wear clean clothes to the studio. If you are coming from anywhere other than your home, change into clean clothes before arriving.

 

  • UPDATED 8/3/21: With masks, the windows open, ventilation, air filtration and the buzz buzz buzzing of tattoo machines, it’s harder to hear one another which can make conversation tricky. You’re welcome to bring earbuds / AirPods with to carry you to your happy place while getting inked. We provide complimentary wireless so you can stream to your hearts content.

 

  • Clients will wash hands with soap and hot water for a minimum of 20 seconds upon arriving at the studio.

 

  • You’re welcome to have your phone in the chair with you if you clean and disinfect it with the provided wipes upon your arrival and wash hands after disinfecting the phone. This ensures the tattoo workspace is as clean as possible.

 

  • IMPORTANT: As we’ve all experienced, things like illness, injury and family emergencies tend to come up at the last minute, so be sure to check your email before coming in for your appointment just in case there are last minute changes to the appointment. In the event rescheduling is necessary, we’ll contact you as early and as soon as possible. Obviously sometimes things come up unpredictably, so be sure to check your email before coming in.

 

  • REMEMBER: A fresh tattoo requires energy from your immune system to heal, and your immune system requires resilience to fight exposure to illness, so it’s necessary  to be healthy when getting tattooed. And, it is imperative that you’re truthful and responsible about your health for our safety and for the studio to remain open. Get vaccinated and plan to allow at least 14 days following your most recent COVID vaccine before getting tattooed – including any future booster pokes. Contact your Artist to reschedule as needed.

 

ONGOING  AWP COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

  • ALL studio hours, appointments, booking timelines and protocols are subject to change. If you have an appointment, be sure to check your email for updates prior to traveling to the studio.

 

  • Our artists are trained in Prevention of Disease Transmission in Tattooing through the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, which we re-certify annually (most recently 11/24/20).

 

  • We clean and disinfect throughout the studio, including public and common spaces, before and after each client.

 

  • Artists will be wearing masks, gloves, scrubs or aprons and other PPE such as eye protection or face shields. Nothing to see here (or to take personally) – we practice Standard Precautions which protect everyone.

 

  • We circulate fresh air into the studio and filter air 5x hourly with HEPA filtration in each workstation.

 

  • Studio air quality is monitored by C02 sensors, maintaining Co2 levels below those recommended by the CDC for COVID-19 indoor air quality.

 

  • Humidifiers are located in each work station to maintain humidity levels recommended by the CDC for COVID-19 indoor air quality.

 

  • Single service disposable set ups are provided for each and every client. That means items used during your tattoo appointment – from needles to pigment to ink caps – are all discarded at the end of each appointment. Single service disposable is the way to go.

 

  • We continue to support physical distancing by staggering appointments and arrival times. Upon your arrival, please be sure to call or text from the lobby before coming up to the studio. Look for an email from your artist with detailed info including a phone # the morning of you appointment.

 

  • Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available to clients throughout the duration of your appointment.

 

  • Artists are health screened daily upon our arrival at the studio. We will postpone appointments if we have reservations about our own health or if we feel unwell. Thank you in advance for your understanding if we need to reschedule. Be sure to check your email for appointment updates prior to traveling to the studio.

 

  • Our artists are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health, the studio is licensed by the Minneapolis Health Department and we’re card carrying members of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists

 

We work closely with Health Officials and fellow tattoo artists to implement protocols based on the most current scientific information. Two things we’ve learned during this pandemic is that our well-being is interdependent and the only constant in life is change. Expect protocols and studio hours to change as we continue to learn about the virus and its variants, and expect restrictions to come and go dependent upon how responsibly the public behaves. Why do things continue to change? Because we continue to learn more. And we get it. COVID Fatigue is a thing. We feel you. We wanna have some fun and feel more freedom. The pathway to increasing fun and freedom is to double down on diligence around responsible choices in order to support health, which will support businesses staying open, which will provide more options for fun and freedome. See how that works? Cool, right?

We’re big fans of science here. If you’re uncomfortable with any of these protocols, feel free to respectfully inquire for clarification and/or to postpone/reschedule your appointment. Questions? Just ask.

ONE LAST THING – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT and PATIENCE! Many of you have sent emails of support and encouragement as well as making purchases of our merch and gift cards during the Stay at Home and during the Uprising. We cannot thank you enough. You are literally THE BEST. (And hey hey hey we’ve restocked our AWP logo rainbow split-fountain print shirts – check it!)

Be well and Stay Awesome!

Awen and Matt