BOZEMAN — At East Main Ink they have adjusted quite a bit of their operations in accordance with Governor Bullock's Phase One directive.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time man, so it’s kind of weird to break out of the norm,” said East Main Ink tattoo artist Dale Hobbs.
When it comes to tattooing, you have to be close to your customers. What are some of the precautions the crew at East Main ink are taking to keep people safe?
“We have multiple hand washing stations with warm water," said tattoo artist Dana Richards. "We also have hand sanitizer in multiple stations. We have disposable masks for clients, if they don’t have a mask of their own to bring in.”
They also keep foot traffic to a minimum inside the shop.
“We make sure that anybody that comes in the lobby is here for business and then anybody else that’s extra we got them out here," said Hobbs. "We’ve got out benches far enough apart. That way we don’t have to worry about anything. Just trying not to keep the lobby as crammed as what we could beforehand, because you couldn’t walk through our lobby at certain times of the day."
By now, most people should know what the rules are for customers during the COVID-19 shutdown.
“I would say, just make sure ya know when you come in, just abide by the rules," Hobbs said. "Everybody knows them by this point.”
For the tattooists at East Main Ink, despite the many new rules, it’s just nice to be back doing what they love.
“It’s my life," said Richards. "I love it so much, so we’re thankful to be back and rockin'."