Applying the Color

After the outline is complete the tattooist will add shading and color. You will probably get a chance to take a breather as the tattooist changes needles on the machine.

Color inking can be uncomfortable but it is a different sensation than black outlining. Most do not find it as painful as sitting through the process of creating the black and white outline of the tattoo.

How long the process takes depends on how large the design is and how many colors it takes to create the final effect. Very large designs may take a number of visits to complete.

Enrique Patino Bottino at work on a

Tattoo at his studio in Lima, Peru www.artsagrado.com

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