I'm new to the forum and I'm looking forward to getting advice from the community. I recently got a tattoo and wanted to share a small piece of my experience regarding hygiene to see if I'm being completely neurotic or not.
I tend to be super observant and error on the side of caution when watching artists prep. I definitely don't want to come across as micromanaging but want to make sure I feel safe at the same time.
In this particular instance, everything was going fine with prep and the artist seemed to be very thorough. However, when opening a new ink bottle, part of the seal got stuck in the neck of the cap and he used a fresh needle to push it out from the top. I initially didn't say anything as I figured that needle would be disposed of and the artist hooked up another needle to the machine. But, in the middle of the session he started to attach the needle that was used to push the seal out. I took a few seconds to ponder if I should say something and finally asked if he could swap that needle with a fresh one. He obliged but seemed put off and said the seal was sterile but I think it was the outside part of the seal?
Was I wrong to question this? Should I have just stayed quiet? In the back of my mind I'm concerned that I might have put him off his game or pissed him off by questioning his hygiene practice which might have affected the result of my tattoo.
Looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts about this!