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 skin. If you scar a tattoo then the pigment will come out as the tattoo heals and touch ups will be more difficult because the scar tissue will cause you problems. If you are tattooing something about the size of a card deck then you will be able to shade and color with the needle you lined with. Any tattoo bigger than a deck of cards should be finished with a mag unless there is a lot of detail. Let's look at coloring a small tribal solid black. You should line the tribal with and eight. The advantage of tribal is that you shouldn't be as concerned about the outline; it's all going to be black anyway. A lot of tribal tattoos you see will have a darker outline than the fill work in the center. You can avoid this by lining the tribal lightly then sharpening the edges with an eight once it's filled in. Let's say the tribal tattoo is the size of a playing card. The best way to look at solid work is in sections, sort of like filling in a very small checker board. Work from the bottom up. When applying the pigment you want to go in small circles like the test in school with a number two pencil. If you fill in with slashes or by going back and forth you will be able to see the needle marks. The best way to practice the circle motion is to take a sheet of paper and try to fill the entire page with pencil. Practice trying to get the coloring on paper smooth so you can't see the pencil marks. You will be able see that the best coverage will be circles about a sixteenth of an inch wide. It takes forever but the tattoo will be high quality.

You must have a light hand, if you push too hard or go too slow then you will just turn your client into a piece of ground chuck. You can also practice your fill work on a banana since the banana will look the same as skin. If you are digging then the skin will look chewed up. You should be able to see the tattooed area about the same quality as a non tattooed area. The finished product should be smooth to the touch. If you can see holes, ruff spots, or ditches in the skin where you lined them you are just playing butcher. Start out light, you can always ad to a tattoo but you can't take away. It won't take long for you to find the speed and pressure you need to have a nice smooth fill. As you tattoo it will seem faster to just go back and forth like your coloring with a marker, but after the tattoo heals the needle marks will show though, I promise. The human skin can only absorb so much pigment, like the sponge it will simply stop taking its fill. If you don't cover the area well enough then the areas you did get will seem darker leaving the tattoo looking splotchy. Take your time and feel it out. With a mag you can go much faster but you have a higher risk of damaging the skin. Once you get efficient with a mag, a tattoo that takes an hour to fill with an eight will take about fifteen minutes, it will also heal twice as fast and dark. After you fill in the largest portions of the tattoo then you should do the darkening close to the line work. Take your time and smooth the outside edge as you fill in. With the circles you should get as close to the lining as possible then fill in and smooth out the edge like you were doing the outline. A good trick to ensure you have a good solid coverage is to apply water to the skin. The water will reflect the light and let you see areas where the fill is too light. Make sure to wipe the water off before continuing to tattoo.

Solid color will be the exact same process. You should have one cup of water per color. When you change colors dip and run the machine in the cup of water up to the washout. Hold it running under the water until most of the pigment comes out. You may have to wipe the tube and needle off with your paper towel to clean it off all of the way. Tattoo pigments mix, so if you don't wash out all of the blue and dip in the yellow, you will tattoo green. This is also why the pigments should be set up in the order of darkest to lightest. If your tattooing a gnome with a blue hat and a yellow vest then you will want to fill in the bulk of the blue using small circles, then do the blue edge work to smooth it out. Next you would rinse out the machine and apply the yellow in the same way. Blue is darker and thicker pigment than Yellow. If you tattoo yellow first, then the blue will soak in the opened skin and dye the yellow to green permanently. Red will turn yellow to orange, and red will also turn white to pink. So you would apply the pigment starting with red, then blue, yellow and finally white if you are using these pigments. Because of the pigments being so thick and having the ability to dye the other colors you should be very careful of the order you tattoo. There are always exceptions to the rules; Some times you can use this to your advantage which I will get more into with the advanced lessons.

While you are tattooing the skin will turn a reddish color due to the irritation the needle causes. This will later come to be an advantage but with color it can throw you off. If you are applying white then a minute or so after the application, the white will turn pink for a couple of hours. Yellow is the worst about this because the addition of the red tint will make it look like orange. So you should apply the orange first so you can see where it is going, then use the yellow. Orange is thicker; you should use it first anyway so you don't stain the yellow a different color. Anytime you use a large amount of white or yellow you should explain to your client that it will look off color for a few hours so they don't loose faith in your ability. It will take some time but you'll see which pigment is thicker and needs to be applied first.

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  • timothy
    How do i fill solid color on a tattoo?
    7 years ago
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    Do solid color tattoos last?
    7 years ago
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    Is tattooing color fill the same as black fill/?
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    Are solid color tattoos real?
    7 years ago
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    How can i get solid color on a tattoo faster?
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    When tattooing how to get solid colour?
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    What size tattoo needle for solid colour?
    6 years ago
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    How to get a solid black color when tattooing tribal?
    6 years ago
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    Which one takes longer to tattoo black and grey or colour tattoos of the same size?
    6 years ago
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    Does solid colour take long for tattoos?
    6 years ago
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    4 years ago
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    3 years ago
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    Do I make circles to fill in a tattoo?
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    2 years ago
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    1 year ago
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    What are shader tattoo machines for color too?
    1 year ago
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    1 year ago
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    What needle to use.for black coloring?
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    How to tattoo without chewing skin tissue?
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    Can fill your tattoos with colours?
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    How to shade a tribal tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    Can you use color in tattoo needle for normal tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    How do you properly fill in circles in tattoos?
    1 year ago
  • MANU
    How to make pure black tattoo ink at home?
    1 year ago
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    How to make black tattoo machine color?
    1 year ago
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    Do you have to change needle every time you change color of ink for tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    What is the best needle for tattoo black work?
    1 year ago
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    What is the best tattoo needle to fill in a big spot?
    1 year ago
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    Which needle is used to filling tribal tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    What type of colour use in tattoo machine?
    1 year ago
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    How to color a tattoo with a liner needle?
    1 year ago
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    What needle is best for coloring big black areas on tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    What color should i do the outline of my tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    How to change dark black into light black when you are shading tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    Which shader is good to shade tribal tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    What needle to use when tattooing tribal solid black?
    1 year ago
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    What color to use when coloring black against outline?
    1 year ago
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    What tatoo needle is used for black work?
    1 year ago
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    What needle is used for black work tattoos?
    1 year ago
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    How to use tattoo machine and black ink to get dark black tattoo after its healed?
    1 year ago
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    Can i use liner needle for small filling tattoo area?
    1 year ago
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    Why has the colour of the tattoo come outside the outline?
    1 year ago
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    How to get a permanent tattoo with a needle and black paint?
    1 year ago
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    What colour use for tattoo would return black?
    1 year ago
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    How to uae tattoo machine to perfect color?
    1 year ago
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    How to shade solid black tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    Why my mag needle wont put ink in?
    1 year ago
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    Can I fill with lining black tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    How make black color in tatto?
    1 year ago
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    How to tune your tattoo machine solid black?
    1 year ago
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    What are put inside tattoo machine when u want red colour?
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    How to pack solid black in tattoos?
    1 year ago
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    What needle is good for shading a medium sized tribal tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    Which colour do i use for pure black for tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    What needle to use for coloring a tribal tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    How to full tribal tattoo what neddle?
    1 year ago
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    How to fill in tattoos black?
    1 year ago
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    What substance to use for coloring when doing a tattoo?
    1 year ago
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    What kind of needle to use when coloring large areas in skin?
    1 year ago
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    What is the colour of a tattoe?
    1 year ago
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    What colors make black liner ink?
    12 months ago
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    How to fill a hand with tattoo?
    12 months ago
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    What machine do they use to give you a tattoo and can they apply colors do dark skin?
    12 months ago
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    How to fill in a tribal tattoo?
    12 months ago
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    How can you shade large areas fast in a tattoo?
    11 months ago
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    How long to block colour tattoo?
    11 months ago
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    What number needle should u color a tattoo with?
    11 months ago
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    How deep solid shade tattoo?
    11 months ago
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    How to open up a solid color tattoo piece?
    11 months ago
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    What size needle for tattoo gun for coloring in?
    11 months ago
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    When you switch from outline to colouring when doing a tattoo do you change needles?
    11 months ago
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    How to refill colour in tattoo step by step?
    11 months ago
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    What are tge points for propper colouring in tattoos?
    11 months ago
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    How to make black tatoo color?
    11 months ago
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    How to fill the black ink tattoo in small area?
    11 months ago
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    Which needle to use for tattoo birds?
    11 months ago
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    How to make a colorful tattoo with tattoo machine?
    10 months ago
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    What size needle to do tribal tattoos?
    10 months ago
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    Can a tattoo be filled with a liner needle?
    10 months ago
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    How to describe colouring for a tattoo?
    10 months ago
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    What needles are great to fill in tattoos?
    10 months ago
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    How to make dark black tatto?
    10 months ago
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    What setting and needle do you use when coloring a tattoo?
    10 months ago
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    Can you colour a normal tattoo?
    10 months ago
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    How to fillup tribal tatoo?
    10 months ago
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    How to color tattoo to make it look smooth?
    10 months ago
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    What needle to use for solid color shading for tattoos?
    10 months ago
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    Which needle is used for filling color in tattoo?
    10 months ago
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    What are colouring needles called tattoo?
    10 months ago
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    How to shade and fill in tattoos?
    10 months ago
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    Which ink is darker tribal true black or shading ink?
    10 months ago
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    How to make a proper dark linings in tattoo making?
    10 months ago
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    How to create tattoo darking using needles?
    10 months ago
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    How to fill black areas tattoo?
    9 months ago
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    Why doesnt my tattoo gun fill the color in the skin ?
    8 months ago
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    Can you shade using liner for solid black?
    8 months ago
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    Can you do tribal tattoo without lining it?
    8 months ago
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    How to fill.black in a tttoo?
    8 months ago
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    How to make a solid black tattoo?
    8 months ago
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    Why tattooing verry low dark in blocks?
    7 months ago
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    How to maintain pure black to tattoo?
    7 months ago
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    Which color need to take to make a ared tattoo?
    7 months ago
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    Which needles to block colour tattoo?
    7 months ago
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    Can i get tatoo refilled after a month of getting it?
    7 months ago
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    How to maintain tatoo colour without getting it refilled?
    7 months ago
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    Does tatto machine black only print black tatto?
    7 months ago
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    How to do color taatoo?
    7 months ago
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    How to get solid blacks?
    7 months ago
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    How to black colour pack on tattooing?
    6 months ago
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    How to tattoo color making at home?
    6 months ago
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    Why needle sizes would you use for a full back piece tattoo?
    6 months ago
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    What kind of tattoo needle for black work?
    6 months ago
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    How to use colour tattoo pigments?
    5 months ago
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    What do tatoo artist use to colour black?
    5 months ago
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    What to apply for dark tattos?
    5 months ago
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    How to use basic tattoo machine black?
    5 months ago
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    How to iine tattoo with true black and tattoo become dark?
    5 months ago
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    How to use white shader for tattoo needles?
    5 months ago
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    What size shading needle to use when tattooing?
    5 months ago
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    How to make the colour of my tattoo deep?
    5 months ago
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    How to colour a tatoo blsck?
    5 months ago
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    Which needle to use for filling black areas?
    5 months ago
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    What tattoo needles for color blocks?
    4 months ago
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    Is there a niddle for a colour change in a human skin?
    4 months ago
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    What nedle is best for coloring?
    4 months ago
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    How to solidly fill a tattoo?
    4 months ago
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    How to fill tatoo at home?
    4 months ago
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    Can you use a line needle to color a tribal in?
    4 months ago
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    Which tattoo needle for lining dark skin?
    4 months ago
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    Can i use liner for solid tribal tattoo?
    4 months ago
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    Do tattoo artist use more needles with colored tattoos?
    3 months ago
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    How to refill colour in tatto?
    3 months ago
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    What needle used for blackwork tattoo?
    3 months ago
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    How to maintainatatoo?
    3 months ago
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    How to avoid vaccant space while doing packing tattoo?
    3 months ago
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    How to block color a tattoo?
    3 months ago
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    Can i get Solid black tattoo on very first time?
    3 months ago
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    How to tattoo blue black tints?
    3 months ago
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    Which needle do you use for coloring or shading a tattoo?
    2 months ago
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    Which tattoo needles size for maori?
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    Can i colour small tattoos with liner needle?
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    How to make tatoo with a tinter and needle?
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    Can i fill tattoo shader needles?
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    How deep to tattoo black out?
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    What tattoo needle is used for filling in solid?
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    How to make dark black tattoo ink?
    2 months ago
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    Which needle shoud i use for filling tattoo?
    2 months ago
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    How to pack solid black in tattoo?
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    Which machine use for fill in tattoo work?
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    What needle is used for blackout tattoo?
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    How to get perfect tattoo colour?
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    Can you have a light colour outline on a tattoo?
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    How to creature make home work tatoo black color step by setp?
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    How to make in home work tattoo black color step by step?
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    How To Work Tattoo Coulers?
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    How to change the colour of ink in a tatoo gun?
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