Tattooing in Toronto 2020: The Pandemic Edition

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The beauty industry has certainly taken a hit during the pandemic with many businesses being forced to close down temporarily. Tattoo studios along with restaurants, nail salons and hairdressers have all had to bite the bullet and try to cope with the closures until things opened up again. Thankfully, business has resumed but there are different procedures in place that have been designed to keep both staff and customers as safe as possible in a tattoo studio in Toronto.

Toronto Tattoos Studios in 2020

The tattoo industry in Toronto was already challenging before the pandemic hit. Now, there is a whole new landscape for Toronto tattoos in 2020 and while most of the shops have opened for business once again, most are only operating at one-third of their capacity. This means it’s going to be a long road to financial recovery for many of them and some may even have to shut their doors for good.

Scheduling clients at a studio in Toronto is done in a way that meets current regulations and standards. These are always subject to change, however, due to the evolving Covid-19 situation. Things can change from one day to another with the number of cases either going either up or down in Toronto and across Ontario. What the current standards are today may not be the same tomorrow.

Social distancing is necessary in every shop but it’s not known when that will end. Shop owners are scheduling customers for weeks or even months in advance based on current conditions. As the situation evolves, the scheduling will have to reflect the changes. It certainly is a challenging situation to deal with.

Wearing a Mask
When the province reopened, it seemed like many people were forgetting that there we were still in the middle of the pandemic and decided to forgo wearing a mask. In a tattoo shop, however, everyone that walks in the door must be wearing one. Clients cannot bring guests into the shop either, which can be hard for some since tattooing is often quite a social event with a friend or family member offering advice and moral support.

Many tattoo artists are wearing a face shield as well for the safety of their customers and for their own safety. This is an industry where it is a priority to stop the possibility of any cross-contamination, so cleaning efforts were already ongoing even before the pandemic struck. According to government regulations, all surfaces, handles, heavy touch areas and fixtures must be disinfected 2x per day in a tattoo studio in Toronto. Now, disinfection takes place more often and in many studios it is being done every hour.

Tattoo artists are already used to the safety and health requirements of the government because they have been working in areas that must be sterile. This gives the tattoo shops a leg up in terms of already knowing what the disinfecting procedures are. Tattoo artists just have to be more conscientious and clean even more areas such as the walls and picture frames in the building.

Covid-19 Precautions
There are new procedures and precautions put into place in tattoo shops across the Toronto area. In most cases, the doors are locked up and you can only enter if you have an appointment scheduled. This stops any walk-ins from happening from off the street. It also handles social distancing since there won’t be a bunch of people sitting in the waiting room at any given time.

You’ll have to sanitize your hands as soon as entering the shop and you won’t be allowed in unless you are wearing a mask. The mask will need to stay on while you are having a tattoo and you can only take it off once you’ve walked out the door. Many shops will also take your temperature upon arrival and will document it. You’ll still have to fill out and sign the expected release forms before any work can begin.

There are privacy screens that may have been put into place and they can be moved from one area to another based on the number of people in the shop and the tattoo artists that are working. These screens are always wiped down between each appointment with disinfectant to make sure that they are sanitized before any work starts on the next client.

Saturday is usually the busiest day for tattoo shops across Toronto so keep that in mind when calling to book an appointment. If you are concerned about coming in when the shop may be a bit busier, schedule an appointment during the week instead.

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These are difficult times for all of us and more people want to get tattoos now more than ever. Getting a tattoo is one way to relieve the boredom and the stress that we have been feeling this year. Please be patient and understand that our tattoo artists are also in the same situation as you are. It’s a new day and age for Toronto tattooing in 2020. Our artists have been dealing with limited work due to Covid-19 restrictions and want to see everything go back to normal as fast as possible like you do.

We take a look at what is happening in the United States and this gives us more of an understanding regarding the need for face masks, hand sanitizers and social distancing. We do not want to end up like our neighbours down south and for that reason we must enforce the decision that masks must be worn in the tattoo shop. We all have to exercise some patience in order to get to the other side of this pandemic so please understand that we are doing our best to service as many clients as possible under the current conditions.

We monitor the situation day by day and we encourage all of our past and future clients to reach out to us if you have any questions. You can reach us through our website at www.hontattoo.com or feel free to call us at 905- 604-5102 to reach our North York location or at 437-774-9200 to reach our Markham studio.

Playing Your Part: COVID-19

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As a part of the tattoo industry in the greater Toronto area, we wanted to get in touch with our clientele to discuss the COVID-19 virus, which is taking the city and the rest of the world by storm. We are concerned about your safety and we believe that we all have an important part to play to keep this virus at bay and to help keep those with compromised immune systems as safe as possible.

Be Prepared

The assessment made by the World Health Organization (WHO) to call this a pandemic was expected. The health system in Canada has been preparing for the situation and the PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada), along with health authorities and different government levels nationwide, have been putting together plans to make sure that all response and preparedness measures are adaptable and appropriate. With this in mind, it’s important to realize that there is a risk for Canadians to experience a more severe outcome with this virus. Those that are more risk include:

  • Individuals with immune systems that are compromised
  • Individuals 65 years of age or over
  • Individuals that have underlying medical conditions

Containment continues to be the focus to help keep the virus from spreading out of control. This is done by identifying cases rapidly and finding any close contacts and notifying them ASAP. Social distancing and isolation also come into play since they are tried and true measures that have proven to be effective in the past.

Once community transmission begins, these containment actions will still continue. This will help to interrupt transmission chains and delay outbreaks whenever possible.

Playing Your Part

It’s important for everyone to realize that they have a significant role they need to play in order to mitigate the impending impact of this virus. Canadians need to stand up and take responsibility for their own actions. While the health sector and the government will do its part to keep the spread of COVID-19 down, it takes all of us to band together to make sure it happens. This involves taking action based on an understanding of how it spreads and how you can prevent illness.

Individual Preparedness

As an individual, you need to formulate a plan regarding the actions you can take to remain healthy and help prevent the virus from spreading. This includes the following measures:

Stay-at-home if you are ill – You should isolate yourself from other people during the flu and cold season and also encourage others to stay home when they are sick until they are symptom-free.

Change your greeting practices – Restrict the amount of contact you have with other people starting with how you greet them. Instead of a hug, a kiss or a handshake, greet those you meet with an elbow bump or a friendly wave to keep the exposure to COVID-19 at a minimum.

Wash your hands – Your hands must be washed frequently for at least 20 seconds and soap should be worked around the fingers and joints and underneath the fingernails for a thorough cleaning.

Practice proper sneezing and coughing etiquette – Make sure that you cover your nose and mouth with your arm when sneezing or coughing.

Making Plans

The best way to get prepared for the outbreak of COVID-19 is to plan ahead. Shop for groceries during off-peak hours and if possible use public transportation when it’s less busy and not during rush hour. Know what you will do if you become sick. If you care for others then you should have a plan in place for backup caregivers.

Find out if you’re able to work from home by talking to your employer about the possibility. This is especially important if you will possibly need to take some time off to help care for somebody in your family that has fallen ill.

You should also ensure that your prescriptions have been refilled so that you can avoid going to a pharmacy later. You may also want to consider seeing your doctor now to get your prescriptions renewed ahead of time.

Make sure that you have a stock of non-perishable items of food and avoid doing any panic buying. It’s easier to build up a stock by buying extra food gradually at each grocery shop. Items that you may want to consider purchasing include sauce and dry pasta, canned soups, canned beans and vegetables, pet food, feminine hygiene products and facial tissue.

It would be handy to have enough essentials on hand so that you wouldn’t have to worry should you have to self-isolate. As well, even if you don’t end up falling ill, if you have enough supplies at your disposal you won’t have to leave your home and subject yourself to the possibility of getting the virus once the outbreak reaches its peak.

Social Distancing

One of the best ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to practice self-distancing. If you put this into place now before things get any worse, you can become a part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Playing your part is essential right now and moving forward, so that we can minimize the impact of this virus on our everyday lives.

There is something you can do about it and the time to act is now.

Instagram and the Tattoo Industry

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Instagram has been instrumental in helping tattoo artists display their work and expand their businesses. This social media platform gives artists the opportunity to showcase their best work and to build up a reputation in the tattoo industry. It’s one of the best ways to connect with others in the same industry along with potential and existing customers. In fact, some artists believe that almost 3/4 of their clients come from Instagram.

Displaying a Masterpiece

Ask any Toronto tattoo studio artist and he’ll let you know that he has a few masterpieces under his belt that he would be proud to display. Instagram is the perfect venue for showing others the best of your best work. It’s a place where artists can get recognition from the public at large for the hard work they do. While other artists build up a reputation by displaying their artwork at galleries, at shows or at public venues, tattoos are body art and for that reason are much more personal and private.

Any artist can appreciate a boost in morale from others that believe he is talented. He can also get a lot of work this way since others will flock to an artist that they believe can do great work. After all, allowing a tattoo artist to paint something on your body involves a great deal of trust in his ability. Instagram allows tattoo artists to build up this trust and establish a shining reputation.

Booking Ahead

Tattoo artists and businesses can fill in their books in advance when they use the proper hashtags and images on Instagram. This is a game changer in the tattoo community giving artists the ability to increase the number of followers very quickly. Word spreads fast in the world of social media so it’s important to get your tattoo brand out as soon as possible. Instagram can be the turning point for a tattoo business that is just getting itself on its feet or one that needs to establish itself more.

This is an online portfolio that any artist can use to make connections locally, nationally or even internationally. It’s a place where an artist can showcase not only his best tattoos but he can also show that he does his best art consistently. It’s a place where art and inspiration can be shared with others by either posting pictures or by running ads.

Building up Followers

It’s important to note that building up the number of followers on your Instagram account is not a passive activity. It needs to be done actively, every day, in order to see results. Many artists or businesses will put up multiple images each week on their pages.

When you’re first starting out you can simply use your phone to take the pictures of your tattoos. Once you have started to see results and you see that your appointment book is filling up faster than ever, you can invest in equipment that is more sophisticated in order to get up close and personal stunning and lifelike pictures of your art.

Some artists are learning how to take professional pictures of their own while others know a person within their circle that can take higher-end photos. If you have a particular tattoo that stands out above the rest but you don’t know anyone that can take good shots, you may want to consider getting it professionally photographed and be willing to pay for it in order to get the best picture possible.

Instagram Story

Tattoo businesses are also using Instagram Story to share short snippets about their artists and the tattooing process in general. Artists are using this Instagram feature to personalize themselves within the community and show a bit of their personalities. It’s a great way to humanize the industry even more.

Inspiration and Motivation

Any artist needs to continue to be inspired and motivated in his selected field. Instagram provides the accountability for inspiration and motivation that many artists may be lacking. For example, if your followers are expecting a post every Monday from you displaying your art from the previous week, you’ll be sure to be putting your all into every tattoo you do. You may find motivation and inspiration from within that you didn’t even realize existed.

Of course, there is a bit of a competitive atmosphere that you’ll have to edge into once you start using your Instagram account to build up your business. It’s all part of the game, however, and you can use it to your advantage. If you are a talented artist or have a tattoo business that employs several talented artists, you can shine along with the best of them and build up an extensive clientele using this social media platform.

Toronto Tattoo Studio

If you are looking for tattoo artists in a well-established Toronto tattoo studio with an impeccable reputation for design creation and inking, please visit our website now at www.hontattoo.com. We look forward to helping you create the tattoo of a lifetime that you can proudly display on your own social media channels.