Outlining

...After the stencil is applied note, start from the bottom.

Why do you start from the bottom, well as the outlining process progresses? Wiping and cleaning the area will occur, and thus the stencil fades or goes away completely. If you start from the bottom of a design the maximum life of the stencil can be obtained. Each design may merit its own starting spot so this guideline is flexible per design.

When working with a client the artist should try to gauge the person's reaction to the initial needle poke. Some people are squeamish and others just don't feel it. If this is the person's first tattoo, care should be taken to pick an area of the outline where little damage can be done if the client pulls away or moves suddenly during the initial lining.

People's nerves are often more of a factor than the actual pain of the needle. Explain to the client the sensation they will feel and try to put them in the most relaxed state they can be in mentally before you begin.

Lining can make or break a tattoo. The line must be true and solid. A light hand of the improper needle depth can leave an outline fuzzy, splotchy, dot-to-dot looking...or with practice smooth like a pencil line.

The skin should be stretched taught; this is one of the major causes of a bad line. Depending on how you set your gun. The needles should extend just slightly out of the tube (nozzle). This will ensure proper depth (1/16 th of an inch) of the needle penetration. (See setting up your gun/needle settings)

If you prefer to work off your needle, do not let the tube tip touch the skin, rather watch your needle depth.

The needles should feel like they are skimming along the surface, do not press but let gravity use the weight of the machine to work the needles into the skin. Move the gun in fluent motions, do not stop and start.

Visualize your line from start to finish and ensure you have enough ink in the tip to complete the line without stopping.

At the end of your line gradually pull the needles out of the skin to avoid ink pooling at the end of lines. Tips of flames claws.etc.

Your needles should be inspected under a loupe, and the tips should be straight and sharp, no blunt ends, bent needle tips, no foreign material (i.e. paper towel).

If the machine seems to snag in the skin, make sure the speed of the machine is proper, possible speed it up, and if the needles bounce, make certain the skin is stretched tight. Gapped lines may indicate bad points...and watch your ink, and clean up often so you can see what you are doing. ENSURE YOU DO NOT HAVE FISH HOOKED NEEDLES THIS WILL BE UNCOMFORTABLE FOR THE CLIENT, TEND TO SCAR, and MAKE IT HARD TO APPLY INK.

Tattoo Shading Techniques

Tattoo Shading Techniques

Black with grey shading tattoo arts are like a representation of who you are and they have a power and magic of their own. This Tattoo tutorial is covering how to do black and gray portrait tattoo techniques. Learn about black with grey shading tattoo art and explore the exceptional techniques of making some beautiful designs.

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