 Here at Starkweather Tattoo, we practice Physical Distancing/Personal Protection

 We follow the (PPE) policies. We have trained our staff to take extreme care before and after each client.

 We promote physical distancing by posting signage reminding customers about physical distancing. Physical Distancing Poster for printing and posting.

 We have spaced our artists 6ft and further from one another to promote Physical Distancing. This may mean reducing the number of stations in the facility. Revised June 15, 2020 at 3:00pm publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus

 We have stagger schedules to limit number of people congregating in any area at the same time, this may require: staggered shifts and work hours, staggered use of shared spaces including break and lunch rooms.

 Walk-in appointments are NOT allowed at this time, but offer appointments.

 Have clients wait in vehicles until appointment time and area has been cleaned.

 Limit the number of clients in the shop at one time. Recommend that only clients with appointments are allowed inside the facility.

 We require clients to wear a facemask or cloth face covering.

 We require all employees to wear PPE (gloves, face coverings)

 We require facemasks or face shields for all artists and considered disposable arm/body coverings.

 We will use technology when possible to limit person-to-person interactions (contactless payment, virtual consultations, email)

 Establish prepay systems or self-checkout systems (e.g., portable credit card portals at each chair that are cleaned after each use. Venmo/paypal) We take cash, but we highly recommend to use the other ways for payment.

    We know, tattoos are about having fun, not about following the rules.  But at Starkweather Tattoo Collective, we follow a number of strict rules, to ensure your safety and guarantee we provide you the highest quality care.  It is very important to us that we stick to all these rules all the time, and we want to share them with you so you're in the know.  If any of these don’t make sense or you want to know more, just give us a call or stop by, we are always happy to educate our clients. 

There are some basic rules that all good tattoo studios follow.  Here is the least-you-need-to know and below are the details.

Least you need to know:​

    - Our studio sticks to the highest standard of cleanliness and hygiene.
    - We cannot tattoo anyone under 18, even with parental consent.
    - You must present a valid ID before we can tattoo you. 
    - We do not tattoo anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Sterilization and Infection Control

    Cleanliness and proper sterilization are paramount in this business.​


    - ALL supplies used during your tattoo are single-use and disposable, meaning they are sterilized and brand new, we use them on you, then we dispose of them immediately (often in a sharps container).  This includes the needles and needle bars used to do the tattoo.  We never reuse needles. 

     - All inks used during your tattoo are used in a way that makes them single use.  When setting up your tattoo, the artist will place a small amount of tattoo ink into clean, new and disposable plastic ink caps.  These ink caps are never reused, which prevents the possibility of contamination in larger ink tubes. 

    - There are some pieces of equipment that must be reused, but these are also kept clean and sterile to the highest possible standards.  These include the tattoo tube (what the artist holds onto) and the tattoo machine itself.  Even they are disposable. 


    - In addition to these precautions, our artists always wear surgical gloves that are new, clean and sterile before your tattoo, used once, then tossed.  We ensure that all surfaces are clean and disinfected with a high-power disinfectant between each tattoo. 

Age Requirements

    As of July 2010, it is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18. 

​Identification Requirements

    In order to get a tattoo at Starkweather Tattoo Collective, we need to see some ID.  It’s the law.  Your identification must be current (not expired) and you must present it at the beginning of your appointment.  Acceptable forms of valid ID include:

    - State-issued driver’s license or state-issued identification card
    - Resident alien card
    - Passport
    - Military identification card

    If your ID is expired or clipped, you must bring in the renewal papers, in accordance with state law.  So don’t leave home without your ID!


​Drugs and Alcohol

    While it might seem like a great idea to get drunk or high and come in for a tattoo, it’s actually not.  This can pose serious risks to you, to our staff and to innocent bystanders. It’s also illegal to tattoo anyone who is believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who is thought to be under the influence.  We will, however, welcome you back when you are sober.



Super clean for everyones safety


We accept Card, but Cash is appreciated


We cannot tattoo anyone under 18.