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April 27th, 2009

If you were too busy hiding from the swine flu in your nuclear bomb shelter this weekend, you might be unaware that it is officially summer.


QOW: Spore Tests – What Are They & Why Are They Important?

April 26th, 2009
Just been reading one of your articles, in which you talked about spore tests; can you tell me more – what are they?

Answer: defines a spore as:


1. Biology. a walled, single- to many-celled, reproductive body of an organism, capable of giving rise to a new individual either directly or indirectly.

2. a germ, germ cell, seed, or the like.

Germ spores live on our bodies, in our bodily fluids and in our blood. Tattoo and piercing tools (as well as doctor and dental devices) come into contact with these spores, which could potentially be spread from client to client if the same apparatus is used. Since many of these tools, such as piercing needles, tapers, and tubes are reused, the only way to ensure that they are safe and free of harmful germ cells is to kill them. That’s where an autoclave comes in.

An autoclave sterilizer is designed to apply the right amount of heat and pressure to the tool to kill the dangerous cells that may still reside on the surface. But, since it is a machine and machines can sometimes be faulty, they have to be tested regularly to make sure that they are doing the job properly. A sample of biological spores is placed into the autoclave and a sterilization cycle is run the same way as if tattoo and piercing apparatus’ were being sterilized. Then the sample is sent back to the lab that provided the sample and they test it to make sure that all of the spores were effectively destroyed. If not, then the autoclave needs maintenance and any tools recently sterilized in it are not considered safe.

This testing process is so important because artist and client health both depend on the proper functioning of the autoclave sterilizer. Most studios send in spore tests weekly to ensure proper autoclave operation.


Rachel McKibbens’ Bookish Knuckle Tattoos

April 25th, 2009
Today’s tattoos were submitted by Rachel McKibbens, who knows, among others, Cheryl, whose beautiful tattoo, appeared here previously. These are, in fact, the first knuckle tattoos appearing on the Tattooed Poets Project:

Rachel, who is almost fully-sleeved, writes:

I got this tattoo on April 30th, 2006, at the True Blue Tattoo studio while visiting Austin, TX. [Work from True Blue has appeared on Tattoosday twice before, click here to see]. The artist was Jon Reed. Next to my “ditches” [the inner elbows] this was the most painful tattoo I’ve gotten to date. I was running out of space on my arms and decided to finally go balls out and get my knuckles done. I was initially going to get ” a s d f j k l ; ” to represent the home keys of a typewriter, but I realized, since it would have to be upside down and backwards, it wouldn’t match up with the actual fingers that rested on them.

At the time, I was teaching poetry at Bellevue Hospital, and I was always encouraging my kids to read. I would give them the books off my shelves, go to The Strand and buy in bulk, etc. I needed them to feel like they weren’t confined to the hospital or their group home. One of the writing exercises was to have them come up with my knuckle tatts – two four-letter words that weren’t dirty. They came up with some doozies, but nothing that really fit.

I finally came upon “book worm” after my friend Leah’s boyfriend suggested it. It was such a logical choice, but the two words never came to me in the months I was searching. It is one of my favorite tattoos. And it’s the first thing people see (besides the teardrop below my eye) and, since knuckle tatts have come to have this “tough guy” persona, people always laugh when they see it.
If you like knuckle tattoos, I encourage people to visit, where I occasionally contribute a piece I’ve spotted in New York. I would have sent Rachel there, but they posted a Book Worm tattoo knuckle piece here.

Thanks to Rachel for submitting these here.

Please head over to BillyBlog to read one of her poems here.


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