When our tattoo shop Lighthouse finally gets back to business, we are going to be doing a few things differently.  When it comes to working safely, we are in a fortunate position..Unlike clothes shops, cafes or hairdressers for example, we deal with a small number of daily customers & have been focused on hygiene for a long time. Our treatment areas have always been cleaned with medical grade cleaning supplies, when we open, before and after each customer and again when it’s time to close. That’s the rule, not the exception. And after our re-opening, we’ll be stepping up our hygiene game to another level.

So what is actually going to change?

We know that the general rule is to keep everyone at a 2m distance. But we have decided to ensure 3m between each customer. This is because for every customer in our treatment room, there is also an artist and there is no way to keep the customer and the artist distanced from each other. So even though it is not official guidance, doing this makes us feel more comfortable providing our services.  This change means that instead of four customers, we will only be able to accommodate three at a time. This is for everyone’s safety and most importantly, peace of mind when getting tattooed. There will also be some changes in our waiting area. Our shop is a small space, and the waiting area is the same spot we use to carry out consultations and talk to walk-in customers. We will now ask customers to come alone on the day of their appointments as family and friends will take up space that we need to serve our other customers. A common sense approach is needed tooand we would like to ask our customers to postpone their appointment if feeling unwell. It’s not just about us while at work, but for other customers who will be in the studio after you. These new measures might affect our availability for walk-ins but don’t worry, we are still going to accommodate everyone. If before you used to walk in and get tattooed immediately, now we might have to tell you to come back in an hour. Nothing that we can’t deal with… just a little more communication.

Right, I am done with the boring part! Thanks for making it through this. Let me end on a positive note:

Tattooing is not going to die and you are not going to die. Life will be back to normal soon and we will be happier than ever. We’ll see you in a couple of weeks. Stay safe out there, and be kind to one another. Much love & see you soon.

Yours truly, Matt and Carlos
The Lighthouse, Kings Cross Tattoo shop