Tattoo, Piercing Shops Still Face Supplies Shortages, Soaring Costs


  • Tattoo and piercing shop owners say they’re still seeing serious shortages in crucial supplies.
  • Gloves, disinfectant, and paper towels are all hard to find, and prices have skyrocketed.
  • It’s forced some shop owners to raise their prices, even as business is booming

In the before times, pre-pandemic, Carl Kuo took a regular trip to Costco to buy gloves by the thousands. 

Kuo is the owner of Mission Ink Tattoo & Piercing in San Francisco. He said his artists typically go through four or five pairs of gloves for each tattoo they do, while they

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