The shop reopened June 22, and though they have to abide by some new state regulations, the couple said because tattooing involves puncturing the body, they were already following many of the sanitation requirements. The artists, for instance, have always done things like wiping down their stations and wearing gloves. The only changes in procedure have been wearing a face mask, goggles or glasses and disposable aprons, he said.
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Though the artists said these can be hot and bothersome to wear while tattooing all day, overall, the transition has not been too difficult. Jessica, who manages much of the front-of-house work, said they have also taken steps to maintain social distancing in the shop.
Normally, clients would come into the shop to have a consultation with their artists and fill out consent forms. Now, all that has to be done outside, and they are called in solely for the procedure only after being screened for coronavirus symptoms. The shop, at Broadway, also can't take walk-in appointments, and clients can't hang out inside the shop or have friends and family with them when they get tattooed.
Jessica said this changes the feel of the shop, which normally has a fun group atmosphere.
But she said they are willing to do what they need to to keep everyone safe. The couple said it's also been difficult to keep up with the demand for supplies, especially gloves, as their suppliers are now working with many more businesses who are newly using the supplies to meet state requirements.
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But despite the inherent risk, Jeff and Jessica said they've been bombarded with requests for appointments, and though they expected some people to be hesitant about coming back in, almost no one has turned down the opportunity.
Part of the reason they are so booked up is because they normally book appointments a month ahead and had to cancel all of those planned tattoos when the shop closed in March.
So when they reopened, they reached out to those who had ly booked. But on top of that, the shop has received hundreds of requests to get tattooed, and that doesn't even count the inquiries that their individuals artists have had. Jeff said he believes all the inquiries are due to people having time to think about and research what tattoo they want. But also, he said, tattoos are something people want no matter the situation.
They're going to come out to the bar when they have no money or when they got a huge bonus at work Well, it's exactly like that," he said.
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When they accomplish some huge life feat that they've been struggling with for a long time, they'll come in and get a tattoo to memorialize that. Ryan said he loves classic cars and decided to get it months ago, but had to postpone his appointment due to COVID He said he wasn't scared to get tattooed at all, and has been looking forward to it. Fall River resident Becca Cordero, 30, was similarly unafraid. She was being tattooed with flowers representing the different birth months of her family members by artist Tara Martin.
She said she's been wanting the tattoo for months but had her appointment canceled because of the pandemic, and was excited when she was called to come back in. Taunton resident Goncalo Furtado, 18, was so eager to come in to get his ears pierced by Sami Rannacher after having the procedure postponed for months, he called on June 22 when the shop opened to get the first appointment he could.
Though both the Burts and the artists fear spreading the virus through the shop or taking it home, they said they're doing the best they can to keep everyone safe. Jeff even made a commemorative pandemic Pleasure in Pain Tattoo t-shirt.
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