The Germ Killer
This review is for: Prep Stuff™
I purchased Prep Stuff™ directly from Tattoo Stuff™ on their website. Unlike other types of skin preparation this is made specifically for the tattoo industry. Before this I was using 70% alcohol MicroSan hand sanitizer. It is a hand sanitizer used in doctor’s offices. However, I would much rather use something that is specifically made for the industry, which is why I tossed my old self made senticil solution for Stencil Stuff®, and I won’t be turning back.
Prep Stuff™–along with Stencil Stuff®, Spray Stuff®, Redemption™ Aftercare, and Rest Stuff®–is another product made by Tattoo Stuff™. Their products are made by artists, for artists, and all of their products are made specifically for the tattoo industry. This way you can stop using those products you’ve been making, or products that do the job but are for other industries/services. Prep Stuff is a skin sanitizer, as well as a stencil remover.
As with their other products their ingredients are very few: Isopropyl, Aqua, Piper Methysticum (Keva) Extract, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Nopal) Extract, and Aloe Baradensis Leaf Juice. The warning on the label is the same as that of Spray Stuff®.
Proper usage is as follows: Wash, and shave area to be tattooed, and wipe dry. Apply a generous amount of Prep Stuff™ onto a paper towel. For best results wipe it until the skin is very dry. Use Stencil Stuff® or draw directly on the skin. Remove stencil, and allow to set approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Area is now ready to be tattooed. While working on the tattoo work from bottom up, occasionally wiping away excess ink. Avoid excessive wiping. To remove or reposition stencil use Prep Stuff™, and wipe clean. Reapply stencil using Stencil Stuff®.
If used properly the skin will be pretty dry before you apply the Stencil Stuff®. This actually helps a lot as the stencil will dry better, and adhere more thoroughly. I’ve noticed a difference when using Prep Stuff™ whether it’s with Stencil Stuff®, or not. However, Stencil Stuff® is also a huge step up to almost anything out there. Prep Stuff™ kills 99.9% of germs on the skin. One thing it doesn’t say in the instructions is to shake it. I’m not sure whether or not you are supposed to, but I noticed if your bottle sits for a little there is something at the bottom of the bottle. I give it a little shake before using it. Also, be careful to spray it away from your face. It has a very strong alcohol smell. I suggest doing as the instructions recommend and use a paper towel. This will drastically reduce the strong smell. If you spray it directly onto the skin it will really stink, and it’s pretty harsh. I have asthma, and if I use too much—or use on the skin as I did my first time—then it could bother your breathing. It made me choke the first time. However, the smell does go away very quickly (less than 5 minutes).
PrepStuff™ is available at www.tattoostuff.com, or call 1-800-971-4817 for ordering information. It can also be purchased from authorized distribution centres: Eternal Ink, Magic Moon Tattooing, Protat Tattoo Supplies, and Painful Pleasures according to their website. I don’t think it is available anywhere else.
I give it a strong 5 out of 5 rating. It is a very good replacement for your typical skin sanitizer, and really does a great job. Even without Stencil Stuff® I have noticed a difference between stencil application. Not to mention it is made specifically for the tattoo industry. I would personally rather use a tattoo skin sanitizer than something you’d buy for average use, or for something completely different. I have recommended it, and will continue to do so. Some of my friends have even made the switch, and won’t turn back!