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...

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...

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...

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...

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...