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one before. I just make sure that the needles I
used are clean and sterilized. Q: Do you have an autoclave machine?
A: Yes, we sterilize everything lar. Q: Have you ever considered giving a test patch?
A: Not really, it’s not practical. Sometimes must wait
very long for the results also, and customers may
not like it. Q: How many years of experience or training before
you tattoo on a real person?
A: 1 year odd. Before that we use fake skin or
oranges to test out. Q: I see. Does your shop have an age limit?
A: Oh yes, 18. 17 and below if the parents approve.
Used to have forms for those under aged to sign,
but no more. Q: I see. Do you communicate the health risks
associated with tattooing?
A: We do give some basic advice. But generally we
only give aftercare advice. Q: What kind of hygiene practices do you have?
Q: Do you perform a test patch?
A: Gloves, new needles… A: No, our inks are very safe and the inks produce
no allergy. Q: A test patch is when you test the ink on the skin to
see if there is any allergic reaction. G: Does your shop have an age limit? A: Oh, unless the skin has like scars, rashes and lots
of pimples, we won’t tattoo. No lah, we don’t give
a test patch. A: [Points to sign] Yes, 18. That’s our shop policy. Appendix A3:
Interview with Shane Horinaka,
Acid Crue @ Peninsula Shopping
Q: How long have you been doing this trade?
A: For about 9 years, altogether.
Q: Are your inks imported? Where do they come
A: Yea, my inks are imported. From the US and
Q: Any from local sources?
A: No, none.
Q: I’ve heard there is no minimum age to get a tattoo
in Singapore. How about your shop?
A: To get a tattoo in this shop, you need to be above
18. Other shops may have other rules.
Q: Let’s say I’m below 18 years old, but I give you a
letter indicating my parents’ consent to me getting
a tattoo. Will you then tattoo me?
A: Yea, why not? You’re mother say can right?
Q: Yes. But don’t you think it is not right to make
A: Why? There is nothing wrong what, I still have my
age limit. If your below it but want a tattoo you
have to show me that your parents say ok.
Q: Oh I see. Do you have an autoclave machine?
A: Yes [points to it]. There.
Q: Do you perform a test patch?
A: Huh? Q: I see. I know you guys provide tips on how to take
care of the tattoo after it is applied. Do you guys
communicate the health risks to your clients?
A: Our procedure is very clean, not a need to. Other
lower end shops, maybe. But our shop is very
clean; we show them the new needles we use.
Q: I see you use gloves. Do you use a face mask?
A: Unless I have a cold or flu.
Q: Could tell me some of your hygiene standards
other than using fresh needles?
A: We wrap everything up, including bottles for
application [points to some bottles]. Basically once
we start tattooing we make sure we’ve got plastic
to wrap the stuff up. We also use alcohol to apply
to the new tattoo.
Q: What sort of customers do you receive?
A: All sorts, male and female, young and old. We
don’t do bapoks. (gays/ transvestites)
A: They’re disgusting.
Q: Do you get local and foreign customers?
A: Yes. Especially the Americans, Auss...
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