(516) 292-2408
352 Hempstead Ave.
West Hempstead, NY 11552

Health & Safety

Health and Safety. The right tattoo can change a person's life and nothing feels better then having a new tattoo and to have it come out exactly the way you want it. This is what we strive for with every customer. But no tattoo is worth getting sick over. So here is what we do to keep our customers and ourselves safe.

Definition of Tattoo and Safety Equipment.

Barrier Film - A film used as a barrier against any of a variety of entities, such as moisture, oxygen, or ultraviolet light. Barrier film is used in our shop to prevent cross contamination of any blood or bodily fluids on the tattoo equipment and work station.

Green Soap - A translucent, yellowish-green soft or liquid soap made chiefly from vegetable oils and used in the treatment of skin disorders.

Madacide - A hospital level fungicidal, bactericidal, virucidal, sanitizer/disinfectant for use on hard and porous surfaces which requires hygienic cleaning.

Autoclave - A medical autoclave is a device that uses steam to sterilize equipment and other objects. this means that all bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores are inactivated. A device for heating substances above their boiling point; used to manufacture chemicals or to sterilize surgical instruments.

All stations are wiped down with madacide before and after every tattoo, including the sink, countertops, lamps, cabinet handles, tops of the paper towel dispensers, etc. The floor is wiped with bleach daily. The chairs and arm rests are wiped down both before and after the customer's use. All station are well lit and bright so that you can see exactly how clean everything is. We wrap everything with a vinyl covering, including saran wrap or barrier film to prevent cross contamination on the customer's chairs and armrests. All inks are poured in the disposable cups for single serve use. All needles are single use and sterilized in an autoclave. There are disposed of in a medical waste bin after every use. All tubes and piercing equipment are cleaned, packaged, and sterilized in an autoclave. A log of the autoclave is kept after every use. You can also refer to the autoclave spore test that we update regularly. You can see those results on www.checkyourtest.com.

Sparrow Tattoo and it's artists are under licensed of the Nassau County Department of Health and we meet or exceed all the requirements. If you have any questions, please call Sparrow Tattoo at 516-292-2408 or the Nassau County Department of Health at 516-227-8472.

Autoclave Certificate
Sterilization Certificate


•   Leave bandage on tattoo for 2-3 hours
•   If bandage sticks to your tattoo, use cool water to remove it. Do not pull off bandage
•   Wash tattoo with liquid antibacterial soap (such as Dial),
    until all residue from the ointment is off
•   Apply a thin, fresh layer of A&D ointment, Bag Balm,
    or Bacitracin (NO NEOSPORIN)
•   Three times a day for the first three days, wash the
     tattoo off with liquid antibacterial soap, followed by
     a thin layer of ointment
•    After the first three days, discontinue the ointment
     and start using an unscented moisturizing lotion
     (such as Lubriderm), as often as needed to keep the
     tattoo moist
•    Some degree of scabbing may occur.  This is normal,
     DO NOT pick the scabs
•    Itching will follow, DO NOT scratch.  You may relieve
     the itching by lightly slapping the area
•    Do not use a cortisone cream on your fresh tattoo
•    Avoid pools, hot tubs, ocean water, and direct sunlight
     for 7-10 days
•    A tattoo is actually a controlled abrasion, with a non-
     toxic pigment applied to the 3rd layer of skin (the
     dermal layer).  By using excessive amounts of
     ointmnent, bacteria may be trapped between the
     petroleum base of the ointment and your skin,
     causing an infection.  It is important to keep your
     tattoo clean.  Applying a thin layer of ointment will
     keep the tattoo moist, while allowing it to breathe.