If I am to take a guess at what you love about your job as a tattoo artist, the chances are that paperwork is definitely not one of them. Most Inkster would instead do anything rather than dealing with the bulk of the tattoo form that needs to be done before completing the job.
But here’s a fix, as tattooing becomes more mainstream, this paperwork is more important than ever!
Luckily, you need not worry as we have got your back. In this well-researched article, we have put together most of the tattoo forms you need to run your studio. Bookmark this article, as the chances are that you will need to come back to this list more often than you’d expect.
Let’s start with the basics.
Tattoo Forms: The Essentials
This section contains all the general identification and location details of the client, including the address and date of birth. A special section for minors may be added if required.
Although not strictly a part of any procedure or form, some tattoo artists I have met prefer to have this section which describes precisely what tattoo is being made, the area, dimensions, and preferences.
This lays down specific rules and restrictions that the client must abide by during and after getting the tattoo. This section may also contain the financial agreement, actions, and medication that the tattoo is subject to after being made.
Getting a tattoo can be a risky procedure, and the client needs to be informed and well aware of the process they intend to undergo. This section also includes the risk of infection, wounds, and allergic reactions – god forbid any should happen!
In case you already have your standard set of forms, I would still recommend that you go through the form formats I have attached below – just in case.
- Tattoo Consent Form
This tattoo form is the most common and essential form of all. This one is a simple declaration that the person getting the tattoo is fully aware of getting a tattoo entails, and the risks and conditions associated with it.
Contrary to popular belief, this should not be taken lightly as it is your only safety ticket if things ever go south.
The essential parts of this form are,
- The necessary details of your client,
- Declaration of medical conditions,
- Acknowledgment and waiver form,
- Pre-procedure checklist.
Don’t forget to add the critical questions about the influence of drugs or alcohol in the pre-procedure checklist. Here’s a handy form template that will cover all of the above and more.
2. Minor Tattoo Consent Form
The legality of getting tattoos on minors is still up for debate. However, in the states where it is legal – this form will ensure that you are on the right side of the law if you ever have a minor walk-in to your studio with a tattoo request.
For starters, the form for minor tattoos is a three-part form. The first part is intended to be filled by the minor, the second part by the guardian.
In addition to all the tattoo forms shown above, there needs to be a notary public approval who correctly identifies the parent of the minor. This notary public approval is essential, and hence, you need to be extra careful to ensure this is taken care of beforehand.
3. Tattoo Removal Consent Form
Tattoo removal is now an increasingly common request that is received at tattoo studios. As the name suggests, a tattoo removal consent form is designed to inform the person undergoing removal about the various aspects, risks, and benefits of tattoo removal.
This also highlights the fact that sometimes pigments are not removable from the skin, some shadows can tend to remain, and that removal dramatically depends on the age and concentration of the tattoo.
It is recommended that all procedures are preceded with this tattoo form, where the client, along with a witness, can read the document, raise all questions before the process. Here is a great template that covers all the specifics and need-to-knows for tattoo removal.
So, now you have everything you need to know about the types of tattoo consent forms out there! However, we know, you are busy illustrating one-of-kind designs, leveling up your tattoo shop advertising, keeping up with the sanitization protocols to maintain a clean studio, making art lovers feel at home even if this pandemic makes things a little rocky.
In that case, here’s a secret, you don’t really need to do the consent management manually anymore! Just invest in the right tattoo studio software for businesses, and never (I repeat, never) skip on consent and liability forms ever again. Rest is up to you – the hyphen tech or the old school way?
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FAQs: Tattoo Form Templates
Do I need to get these forms signed before every ink job?
Absolutely, 100%. Getting the consent form signed is as important as the tattoo itself, so ensure that you have reached this filled before you start working on the job itself.
What happens if I haven’t gotten this tattoo form signed by a previous client?
To be on the safe side of the law, go ahead and contact the client and ask them to swing by for a coffee. While they’re at it, get this signed and keep yourself safe.
Is a minor tattoo even legal?
Good question. While the legality of minor tattoos is up for debate in a few states, most states deem it illegal. Do your research for your country before you agree to ink someone below 18!
Is the notary stamp required for every tattoo?
A notary stamp is only required if the individual getting a tattoo is a minor. Not applicable in the case of adults.