The Stencil

When you and the customer have chosen the right design, there must be a way to transfer it to the body part getting tattooed. Even the best tattoo artists rarely work totally freehand {that is, to just start tattooing with no guidelines at all on the body). Remember, there is no erasing a tattoo once it is on.

There has to be some type of guide on theskin so you know where you are going and what it might look like ahead of time. In the tattoo trade, this transfer method from the design to the skin is called a stencil and there are many different ways it can be done.

The ways we are going to cover are among the most popular and it is a personal choice on the tattooist's part to see which ones work the best for him. The most commonly used methods aredrawingon the duplicating carbon, the use of hectograph ink, acetate stencils, the latest stencil creating machines and the simple skin type marker.

First, a word about the design outcome. When drawing a design on paper, it must be remembered that when it is flipped over to put on the skin, it will comeout in reverse. This is easily proven by drawing on a piece of paper. Flip it over and hold it up to the light. This is what you will geton theskin. With this in mind, all the designs will have to be drawn in accordance to where they will be placed. If you want the tattoo to appear in the same direction as the design, the design wilt have to be reversed or flipped over before the stencils are even commenced. It is wise to practice doing this on several different designs to understand this principle and to work out your own system of reversing.

The Pencil

This is a simple but effective transfer method. The materials needed are a design, a hectograph pencil or pen with hectograph ink and a sheet of high grade tracing paper. First the design (face up or reversed) is taped to a drawing hoard or secured to a clipboard. Then a sheet of high grade (racing paper is taped or secured over it- The paper should have a 100 percent rag content and be fairly thick in texture to take the abuse of handling. Be sure to cover the entire design and use an economical style of placement (like in a corner of the paper rather than in the middle, so you can conserve space and use the rest of the sheet for other designs). You should be able to see the design through the tracing paper. If you can't, build yourself a small light table to make the job easier.

Thke a pencil and copy the design on the paper. It may have to be drawn over a few times to get a solid line. Cut it out, leavinga one inch border around the design. When you are finished doing this, you have the completed stencil. How you get thisstencil on the skin is the same method you would use with the ink method or the duplicating carbon. The best adherent to do this with is an ordinary deodorant in stick form. When you have a place where the tattoo is to be located, and have prepared the part with alcohol and a clean shave (covered in detail elsewhere), just rub a little light layer of

LIGHT TABLE

LIGHT TABLE

deodorant on the skin and place the paper stencil right over it Hub it with your fingers for a few seconds and whisk away the paper. Behold, the design is on the skin. Check the alignment and let the customer check it also. It takes a certain knack to do this cleanly every time, so a great deal of practice is required on the tattooist's part to get it down pat. It is easy to practice this, since it can be washed off and tried again. Your friends, wife or yourself work well as practice models.

The Ink and Pen

This method is identical to the pencil technique, but instead of a hectograph pencil, you use a quill type pen and a bottle of hectograph ink. This is much superior to the pencil for several reasons. First, the ink lines cover solid on one tracing and it doesn't need to be copied over to get it solid on the paper. Also, the stencil can be used more than once if care is taken not to totally abuse it in the process. The pencil stencil can be used over again also, but the ink tends to last longer and can be used as many as six times without copying it again. Hectograph ink works quite well on tracing paper and is easier to copy because it flows smoothly on the paper. The only drawback is that the hectograph ink is very hard to find and the only known source of it as of this writing is from Spaulding & Rogers Mfg., Inc. The procedure for applying the stencil is the same as for the pencil stencil.

The Duplicating Carbon

This basically gets you the same results as with the pencil or ink method, but is just a different route to get there. Materials needed are a design, a ball point pen (or something similar) and a sheet of either duplicating spirit masters or Meyer gelatin type duplicating carbon which are available everywhere in stationery stores or mail order supply houses. The middle separating sheet is first removed from a sheet of masters. Then it is taped, tacked or secured to a board or clipboard with the design placed right on top of it. Proceed to copy the design, line for line, with the ball point pen. When you are done, lift the carbon sheet and the design will be copied on the next sheet. This is the stencil. It then can be trimmed and put on by the deodorant stick application method. The stencil can be used more then once if careful, and this technique is simple because you can have a store of duplicating paper in your desk for future use that is quick and relatively clean.

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Responses

  • j
    How to make hectograph ink tattoo stencil?
    6 years ago
  • Jill
    How la ink puts the stencil on?
    3 years ago
  • matthew bigelow
    How do u draw tattoo on tracing paper so its rigjt on skin?
    2 years ago
  • roderic
    Can i use tattoo stencil paper multiple times?
    2 years ago
  • alina
    What are the pencils called to transfer tattoo directly to rice paper?
    2 years ago
  • Olo
    How to make a stencil with deodorant and ink pen?
    2 years ago
  • jennifer
    Do all tattoo artists know how to draw or tracing paper works on their favour?
    2 years ago
  • Kaarle
    What paper to use with hecto pencil?
    2 years ago
  • fernando
    How to make tattoo stencil with tracing paper?
    2 years ago
  • colomba
    Can a tattoo be applied backwards?
    2 years ago
  • celendine
    What is the stencil ink called used by a tattoo artists?
    2 years ago
  • Blake
    How to draw ball point black pen ink portrait tattoos?
    2 years ago
  • kevin
    How to reverse a tattoo stencil?
    2 years ago
  • kimberly patterson
    What pen work tattoo transfer paper?
    2 years ago
  • BELLADONNA
    Do you use a pen or pencil when drawing on a stencil paper?
    2 years ago
  • Kifle
    Is it best to draw or use stencil for tattoo?
    2 years ago
  • robin
    What do tattoo artists use for pens?
    1 year ago
  • celio
    What is different b/w simple carbon paper and tattoo carbon stencil?
    1 year ago
  • AHMED
    What kind of ink do they use for a tattoo stencil?
    1 year ago
  • Erik Vogt
    Can u use hectograph ink for tattooing?
    1 year ago
  • emppu
    What kind of pen use to layout tattoo?
    1 year ago
  • christian
    What holds the stencil ink on skin for a tattoo?
    12 months ago
  • lucas
    What pencil to use for tattoos stencil?
    11 months ago
  • ross
    What is tattoo sticel?
    10 months ago
  • lexie
    Can you draw on tattoo stencil paper with a pencil?
    10 months ago
  • Johanna
    When tattooing what makes the stencils?
    7 months ago
  • alyx
    What kind of pen or pencil do you use to transfer tattoos to wax to skin?
    7 months ago
  • rudigar
    How do tattooists make stencils?
    7 months ago
  • cesio
    When tattooing words dp u put them on backwards?
    7 months ago
  • dina
    What type of pen do I use to transfer tattos?
    6 months ago
  • Amaranth
    Is it safe to use graphite pencil to draw on skin before tattoo?
    5 months ago
  • Bertha
    What type of pencil to use for transfer paper tattoo?
    4 months ago
  • d diggle
    Can i use graphite paper to transfer a tattoo design?
    3 months ago
  • CYRUS
    What pen to use when making stensils for tattoos?
    1 month ago
  • janice
    Can you use Master's touch graphite paper for tattoo stencils?
    19 days ago
  • mckenzie shaw
    What stencil paper is good for tracing tattoo?
    18 days ago

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