Tuning your power supply to your Machine

Power supplies, most tattoo guns are DC, and most power supplies come in two forms regulated, and non-regulated. Regulated means that the output voltage will always be what your setting says, if you choose 13 volts then the output will be 13 volts, nonregulated machines will give you an average of 13 volt output. The regulated machines are more expensive, but save contacts and provide smoother running machines, and better tattoos. Attach your power supply to your gun you should also have a...

Fineline

How the hell do they do that Some portraits can be the size of a quarter, and show tons of detail some can be a image from a photograph that looks like a photograph in the skin. In all cases the tattoo artist has mastered his instrument. This is one of the most advanced stages of tattooing done with mainly a single needle, or small groupings. The tattoo is art, shading is crucial, placement is crucial, and most importantly knowing what will age gracefully and what wont. Skin is only so...

Here is an overview of some of the more popular styles of tattoos and tattooing

Abstract Art-Freeform is a modern style involving no outlines and a Picasso like appearance. 2. Black and Gray work is thought to be the true test of a tattoo artist. Shading is heavy and the illusion of a 3D form is achieved without the use of color. This style is derived from prison tattoo, but mechanically far exceeds the expectations of a crude jailhouse 3. Grey wash is a method of diluting black ink with water to achieve the grays from light to black. 4. Biomechanical is a form of work...

Outlining

After the stencil is applied note, start from the bottom. Why do you start from the bottom, well as the outlining process progresses Wiping and cleaning the area will occur, and thus the stencil fades or goes away completely. If you start from the bottom of a design the maximum life of the stencil can be obtained. Each design may merit its own starting spot so this guideline is flexible per design. When working with a client the artist should try to gauge the person's reaction to the initial...

Dipping into the ink

Ink is a one time use commodity, only once per customer. Keep your ink in a container, and dispense the appropriate amount into a disposable cup for use on a customer, and throw away any excess. Ink comes premixed, or in powder form. When using premixed ink shake well before dispensing, and if the ink is clumpy, or too pasty, you may have to add some alcohol to thin it out. A neat little trick is to place a few stainless steel balls in your inkbottles to aid in the mixing when you shake your...

Making stencils and applying them

You have a design, now you have to decide how large or small it will be. When the customer decides, the easiest way to reduce or enlarge a line drawing is with a copier machine or computer scanning the image into a computer using a photo-editing program to shrink, retouch, or flip the image, then print it out. Next using spirit master paper packs insert the image into a thermal transfer stencil maker and in a few seconds you will have a purple line stencil ready for application. Well that is...

Applying a stencil skin prep

Shave the area be sure to use a disposable razor and plenty or lubricating shaving cream. If the area gets a razor burn the client may not be able to tolerate getting a tattoo. Clean the area with soap and water, then a green soap solution, and last with a triple antiseptic, like bactine antiseptic anesthetic liquid. Most artists use speed stick to apply stencils, water, and alcohol-based products are also used. Apply the speed stick to just wet the skin, then carefully apply...

Cleaning your work area

All surfaces must be disinfected with a cleaner before tattooing occurs. The floor should be kept clean, and spilled ink or blood should be cleaned and disinfected. The worktable should be cleaned between customers, and all equipment touched, i.e. power supply knobs, ultra sonic switches, light switches, should be cleaned. Clean disposable towels should be used for each client, and waste should be disposed of properly, on regular waste container, and one biological waste container, or sharps...

Important Questions to Ask Your Tattoo Artist Before Getting Tattooed

Thoroughly wash your hands with antibacterial solution immediately before and after each tattoo application Wear latex gloves during the tattooing procedure Use single service materials and equipment i.e., each needle and tube set is individually packaged, dated and sealed, and autoclave sterilized , and set up and open them in front of the client Use sterile disposable needles Have an FDA-regulated autoclave on site Sanitize your work space with an EPA Environmental Protection Agency...

A Clean and Organized workspace

The workspace of a tattoo parlor, or shop must be kept as clean as possible. Take some time to set up your shop, so that all the tools will be in your reach. A shop would have the basics 1 A clean floor, no carpet, tile is preferred. It can be cleaned and disinfected quite easily carpet is a breeding ground for viruses and germs. 2 A sink with running water for hand washing, equipment washing. 3 A comfortable chair for you and for your client, footstools, tables, barber chairs, dentist chairs,...