The Jakarta Post
Three tattoo studios have temporarily stopped operation to avoid coronavirus transmission between artists and clients, while some studios are still open with extra precautions. (Shutterstock/Olena Yakobchuk)
Amid growing concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak, several tattoo parlors in Indonesia have decided to temporarily stop operating to avoid skin-to-skin contact between tattoo artists and their clients.
Kedai Tato Bahagia, a tattoo parlor in Kemang, South Jakarta, announced that the studio would be closed for tattoo sessions and consultation indefinitely.
Aku baru saja mencermati himbauan dari Pemprov Jakarta terkait dengan antisipasi penyebaran #corona #covid_19 sebagaimana yang disampaikan pada beberapa post Instagram mereka. Menyikapi hal tersebut, dengan berat hati kita perlu reschedule appointment kita hingga waktu yang belum ditentukan (kuharap tidak berlangsung lama yaa 🙏🏻). Karena pada dasarnya profesiku berpotensi terpapar sebab proses kerja mengharuskan bersentuhan langsung dengan orang lain. Langkah ini kuambil demi saling menjaga kesehatan kita ke depannya. Tentunya langkah ini tidak mempengaruhi deposit yang telah kamu lengkapi. Aku akan update kembali kapan jadwal pengerjaan tato yang memungkinkan nanti ketika keadaan sudah kondusif. Semoga berkenan yaa. Mohon maaf atas ketidaknyamanan ini. Tetap jaga kesehatanmu. 🙌🏻✨ Salam Bahagia, Charlie Evan
“My profession requires direct contact with clients for hours. To protect my own health and also, of course, the clients’, in accordance with the Jakarta provincial government’s recommendation, I think it is important to take this action before it’s too late,” Charlie Evan, a tattoo artist and the owner of Kedai Tato Bahagia, told The Jakarta Post on Monday.
Charlie added that he had postponed six appointments so far.
Petrichor Tattoo in Yogyakarta has also closed their shop on Jl. Tirtodipuran, Yogyakarta.
Petrichor Tattoo's manager Asty sent a message to clients on Monday announcing that the shop was temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the city.
“As a contribution to the global health cause, Petrichor Tattoo has decided to temporarily stop tattooing activities until the central government succeeds in tackling the virus outbreak,” Asty wrote.
She added that all appointments in March had been rescheduled to April.
Altar Tattoo in Bali is closed until March 29.
Dear our valued clients, with the emerging cases of the latest Covid-19 virus outbreak, unfortunately we will have to close our shop temporarily for all the walk ins from Tuesday, March 17th 2020 until Sunday, March 29th 2020. • For those who already booked with us so far, we will contact you directly. Please do not hesitate to contact us through via WhatsApp on +6281238816699, DM or email if you have any questions. • Stay safe, stay strong, stay happy, FUCK THE MEDIA, FUCK THE GREEDY ASSHOLES & FUCK COVID-19! #covid_19 #bali #balitattoos
Bagus Ferry from Magic Ink Tattoo in Bali said tattoo artists on the island had seen a surge of cancelations as the COVID-19 outbreak spread.
“Many appointments have been canceled in various studios across Bali. Our clients come from many countries, and their governments have different policies,” Bagus told the Post.
However, there are still tattoo studios that are open amid the outbreak, with extra precautions.
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The six tattoo artists at Sidespace Tattoo in Kemang, South Jakarta, were still operating as of Tuesday.
“We are still open for appointments. However, we have made a new rule that clients should not bring any friends to the studio,” said Sarah Arifin, the manager of Sidespace.
Clients often bring friends for support during painful tattoo sessions.
“We also offer rescheduling for clients who feel unhealthy,” Sarah said.
The studio and its tools are regularly sterilized.
“We use international standard disinfectant spray, floor cleaner and hand wash,” she said.
Ricky Panky of Bucksbuks Tattoo in Kemang said that the studio was still open for customers with appointments but that the studio would decline walk-in customers.
“We’re receiving customers only by appointment for safety reasons. Our studio is sterilized. We spray disinfectants and provide hand sanitizer,” he told the Post.
On Sunday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on all Indonesians to stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Tuesday, 134 cases had been reported across Indonesia. Five of those people have died, while eight have recovered from the disease. (wng)
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