Solid Color and Black

The first tattoos you will be doing when you are ready will be tribal and solid color work. For the most part, you're going to be lining with an eight or a five. The idea of solid color is like the sponge I explained earlier. The longer you hold the sponge in the water the more it will get wet. The only problem is a tattoo needle can damage the skin to the point of scarring if you're in the same spot too long. Scar tissue gets is characteristics from having a lack of elasticity like normal...

Advanced Tattoo Technique

Color Techniques For Tattooing

There is nothing better than taking a talent and honing it into something better then you ever thought you could. In this section I want to cover a few advanced techniques to better help you become a true artist. The problem is never seeing it inside your head, just putting it on skin. One of the best ways to improve your skill is to set up in your color work. Custom colors will defiantly make your mark in the tattoo field. Tattoo pigments mix very well together. Play with different color...

Grey Wash and Color Shading Basics

There are two sides to shading a tattoo, the technical side and the artistic side. The artistic side takes many years of practice, which I suggest you study art books that cover pencil shading, color blending, color matching, and light reflection. The best way you can practice art is by repetition. Look at every thing, and then try to draw it. Pay attention to lighting. One rule of shadowing is that in light reflection the shadowed part of the image will be in the direct opposite position of...

Is It Ok To Mix Baby Oil With Tattoo

What makes a tattoo tick Let's look at pigments. Tattoo pigments use to be made from natural chemical and dies. A lot of the older inks were harmful to humans, but we used them anyway. The pigments changed over the last few years into healthier chemicals made for human skin. To understand where pigments are now we have to know where they came from first. Jail house black was the ink that you see in all the old prison tattoos, the ones that turned green over the years. A lot of guys I know still...

History and Basic Information

Tattooing the skin is the oldest profession in the world. The Japanese, Aztecs, Mayans, Aborigines, and the Africans all had tattoos. The oldest recorded human to date is referred to as the ice man. He was found under what was left of an iceberg near the Austrian border in Italy. Carbon dating places the ice man around 5,300 years old. This was a cultural surprise because he had a few tattoos. Before his discovery, it was popular belief that the oldest culture to tattoo was Egyptians over 3,000...

Tattoo Aftercare and the Healing process

After the tattoo is complete you may want to bandage the tattoo. Basic First Aid teaches us that denying a wound of oxygen will dramatically slow the healing time. Since the invention of the plastic wrap, people have been putting it on there tattoos. Don't do this. What is a green house A green house is a building with a frame and glass so the sun can get in and make things grow. Your giving people a bacteria farm by putting plastic wrap on a tattoo. Light can get in and heat up the tattoo...

Bugpin Needles For Tattoo Advantages

How You Roll Tattoo Machine Springs

In the tattooing industry, the individual needles are referred to as pins. There are a few different types of pins, and each configuration again, does something different. The needles used in tattoo originated from bug pins, sewing machine needles, and beading needles. Each of these of these types have different tips and sharpness. The most common metal used for tattooing is 304 stainless steel wire with a diameter of .33mm to .36mm and an average length of 30mm, each type can be polished or...

Skin Preparation and Pattern Placement

Skin preparation is the first step in tattooing that has interaction with the client. The first thing you will need to do is wash and dry your hands, then apply gloves. Always keep a small box of gloves other then latex because some clients will be allergic to latex. You tattoo supplies should have already set up properly, going by the guide above, before the client ever enters the room. Before you ever sit the client down you should have already found out what they wanted and where. You need...

Clients and Competition

The next thing you need to know is about your clients. First, above all else, cover your ass. If you're tattooing then you need a good waiver sheet. If you go to your local health department, in the Environmental Services office you can request a copy of the body piercing and tattoo studio health regulations. Another thing I would like to add is keep good records. In the end, if something happens, it will save your ass. Also, be nice to your sanitarian. Keep your records filed in order by name...

The Shit Talking Game

This is the very reason you never want to talk bad about another shop or artist. Most clients go to the shop that happens to have an opening that day. To them it really does not matter who tattoos them. Since most client travel between shops a lot of them like to play games with the tattoo artists. Tattoo artist have a known history of trash talking the competition, every one knows and will play on this. Some will say that Such and such said he will do the same tattoo...