Tattoo Basics

When you get a tattoo, make sure that it is done only by a registered professional.

The tattoo process will need the following items: a tattoo power setup, a tattoo machine, machine tips, tattoo needles, tattoo ink, carbon paper, grease-proof paper, a tattoo design, a pen, wet wipes, and petroleum jelly.

The first thing to do is to apply a grease proof paper to a table using electrical tape.

Then stick a sheet a sheet of carbon paper face down on top of the grease proof paper. After that, stick the design to the carbon paper. Then trace it by pressing firmly with a pen. This is where the artist’s hand comes into play. If you have shaky hands, you better think twice about becoming a tattoo artist.

What happens next is that you will be left with a carbon copy of your design. It doesn’t have to be perfect, since it’s just the carbon copy.

Then select the tip that is suitable for the size of the needle that you will use. Insert the tip in the grip tube. Make sure it’s secured by tightening the screw that holds it.

Then insert the needle. Please do not damage the needle.

After that, push the needle end on to to the grommet and secure it with a rubber band. Keep in mind that the needle should not extend to more than 4 millimeters.

Next would be to power up your tattoo machine.

Then here comes the real deal. Wipe your skin with a wet wipe, then place the carbon paper on the part of the skin that is wet.

Peel it off, then you can see the trace of the design on the skin. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the skin. Then pour ink in a small receptacle. Turn on the tattoo machine and dip the needle in the ink.

The tracing is where the magic happens. Be careful not to make any sudden movements or it could mean a permanent mistake.