BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Tuesday marks the start of Phase Three for Western New York. For John Mirro, it's time to get back in business. Mirro owns Hand of Doom Tattoo on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. He can finally reopen as a part of Phase Three.
“This is the longest I've spent not tattooing in almost 20 years,” said Mirro.“To say that we've been chomping at the bit is an understatement. When we got news that phase three was coming and that we were coming we started sending out text messages,” said Mirro.
There won't be a huge difference sterilization wise.
“Because it's instilled in us from the jump. It doesn't make much of a difference. None of this is changing much for us,” Mirro said.
The biggest change involves accommodating social distancing. They'll go from six artists sharing a space to three and no waiting room.
“The dynamic in the room will be a little bit different. It won't be as loud. It won't be as boisterous at times,” said Mirro.
When you arrive for your appointment, you have to call to come in then wash your hands.
“From there the only difference will really be, once you finish filling out your paperwork there will be extra questions on your release form,” Mirro said.
Like if you've tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks. Everyone inside will also be required to wear masks.
“So I get to dress like a ninja all the time and no one thinks it's strange? I'm 100% into that,” Mirro said.
Mirro said his biggest concern is making sure his clients feel safe.
“I want this to feel comfortable. I want it to look interesting but I also want you to have the understanding that this place is safe. It's clean in here. We're good to go,” said Mirro.