Applying a stencil skin prep

Area preparation. 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 the stencil, peel back the paper and with any luck you'll have a crisp stencil facing the correct direction, and positioned properly, at this point show client placement before any ink is applied.

During the tattoo work from the bottom of the piece to the top, with the constant wiping and spraying stencils tend to fade. They fade when you don't want them too, but stay bright and vivid when you're done and want the purple stuff gone so you can continue. Use a mixture of green soap and 80% rubbing alcohol sprayed over the area to remove the purple stencil.

Tattoo Styles Tattoos are not all the same; in fact one can say that each tattoo is a one of a kind.

Whether a tattoo is chosen from flash or custom drawn a tattoo is very personal, but most tattoos can fit into certain genres. Over time tattoos have evolved into many styles, some primitive some modern, but all an artistic interpretation of an idea.

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