Sterilization Procedures

We would like to share some information with you about our studio policies and sterilization procedures. We pride ourselves in the fact that we go far beyond the standards of other studios—and even the Texas Department of Health requirements—for proper sterilization.
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We have, on premises, both an autoclave and a statim sterilizer. We have two ultrasonics to ensure that tattoo equipment and body piercing tools do not come into contact with each other.

Most importantly... our autoclave and statim sterilizers are spore tested monthly by a biological monitoring service.

A spore test insures that all sterilization equipment is working properly. Incredibly, the Health Department does not require tattoo and piercing studios to perform spore testing. The fact is... it is impossible to know if sterilization equipment is sterilizing properly without spore testing regularly. Even though indicators on sterilization bags may have changed colors, this does not mean the contents have been properly sterilized. If a studio does not perform spore testing, it is possible that their sterilization equipment is unknowingly not functioning properly. As a result, the customer's health is put in jeopardy of possible transmission of many diseases. Our spore tests and sterilization records are available for inspection upon your request.

All tattoo and piercing needles at True Blue are new and single use!

Our staff of tattoo artists have combined experience of well over 100 years. Our body piercing staff shares a combined experience of over 50 years. All staff is knowledgeable in sterile and aseptic technique. We take all possible precautions to insure the safety of our customers and ourselves. We hope that most people will shop around before choosing a piercing studio and body piercer. Always ask any body piercer how long they have been professionally piercing and how they received their training.

We feel that it is important that the general public know what questions to ask before being tattooed or pierced, to insure their health and safety, as well as receiving a quality piercing or tattoo.

We hope this basic information will help spread the word about safe tattooing and body piercing.