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Individuals who are tattoo artists experience hazards in their workplace by sitting and using repetitive movements for extended periods of time in poor postures and positions. The improper use of ergonomics impacts their daily occupational performance, work productivity, well-being, and overall quality of life. The hazards in the workplace can reduce one’s motivation, dictate one’s habits, routines, roles, and ability to complete meaningful activities. The problem is that tattoo artists are not trained in injury prevention which predisposes them to develop injuries. The purpose of this capstone project is to address this problem and develop an educational video series for tattoo artists on ergonomic principles that can be facilitated in the tattoo studio. The process of this project consists of three phases: (a) the data gathering phase, (b) the development phase, and (c) the recording and reviewing phase. The video series consists of 10 videos that address different ergonomic principles that provide tattoo artists with evidence-based recommendations. The development of this capstone project will expand occupational therapy (OT) literature and practice by creating a base of education for the tattoo industry.

Publication Date

Spring 2024


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Hazards, Occupational therapy, Predisposes, Tattoo artist

Medical Subject Headings

Motivation, Occupational therapy, Quality of life, Sitting position, Tattooing, Workplace


Education | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 10-17, 2024.

Tattoo Artist Ergonomics: An Educational Video Series