Scratchers at their best. From www.thebeyondthei… Cleanliness is Key Getting a tattoo is NO DIFFERENT THAN getting SURGERY. The artist is breaking the surface of your skin causing an open wound. You need to TRUST your artist to make sure the procedure is CLEAN and SANITARY. Once you leave the shop it’s up to you to FOLLOW THE AFTER CARE INSTRUCTIONS your artist gives you…much like follow-up instructions from your physician after surgery.