Pharaoh’s Tattooing in Calgary was shut down by Alberta Health Services due to the discovery of unsanitary tattoo procedures on October 30th, 2014. The customers of the home based studio, located at Unit 8, 3519 Centre St NW, inside a low rise residential apartment complex, are urged to undergo testing for HIV, Hep B, Hep C and other viruses.
The article further states that the studio did not have the proper sterilization or sanitation processes in place. I wish they explained this part more clearly as to what he was lacking specifically and how he was operating. I mean, considering a disposable sterilized tattoo needle only costs about a quarter, disposable tubes maybe $0.70 a piece, basic barrier methods of work prep, a bottle of madacide and various other sterilization gear would cost maybe a few dollars per tattoo, what the hell was he using? A stick and poke kit, bottle of vodka and saran wrap?
Cecil Reddick, the owner of Pharoah’s Tattooing refutes the AHS claims of unsanitary conditions. He claims that he has been a tattoo artist for close to 20 years and he graduated from business school twice for “this”. I am not sure what he means by “this” specifically because I have never heard of a business school for tattoo artists.
What were his clients thinking? Look at the building in the picture, does that look like where a reputable tattoo studio would be? I stumble upon this kind of news every now and then and it just goes to show that not everyone can become a tattoo artist.