How to Tattoo with an Electric Machine
The following information is to assist you in learning about tattooing and is not a tattoo course structure.
The placement of the artist’s hands is very important. The tattoo gun should be held firmly on the needle sheath (there is normally a grip here). The grip used should be similar to the one used when holding a pencil.
The artist should draw all lines very slowly, checking often to make sure they are following the intended design. It is normally necessary to keep a paper towel in the other hand to wipe away excess ink and blood to get a clear view of the area. Before beginning the tattoo process, make sure to check the desired area to make sure it is an appropriate size for the design. If it is too small or large, the tattoo will not come out pleasingly.
During the tattooing, it is the customer who experiences a large amount of anxiety, take a break and let them calm down. Offer them some water and help them relax. If the customer does faint, stop tattooing until they recover.
Normally, the design for the tattoo will be drawn out beforehand using a pen. This allows the artist and client to choose the correct place on the body and make any small adjustments to the design which is necessary. Because some of the design may get wiped away, it is a necessary to have the design in view and close a bye. This way, there is another copy from which the artist can work from. It is usually easiest to work from right to left and bottom to top to keep from smudging the design.
It’s a good idea to draw various types of designs (pictures, tribal designs, animals, etc) in your free time as practice. This will increase your skills when it comes time to do the real thing.
Always check the tattoo machine, power supply and all equipment before doing any tattooing. As you are doing this, lay out all of the equipment you will need during the tattoo (ink, foot pedal, oil, gloves, etc.) so you won’t have to stop during the tattoo. Also use this time to talk with the client. Make sure that there is agreement on placement and size of the tattoo. It will also help to try to use this time to help the client relax if they are nervous.
When all of the equipment is ready and you have checked to make sure that the client is in a comfortable position (they won’t be able to shift around during the tattooing process), wipe the area of the tattoo with alcohol to sterilize it. Then make sure your position is comfortable and there is enough light to see clearly.
If the client does not like too much pain you can consider using Dr Numb. This is a numbing ointment and can be purchased over the internet.
Before starting the tattoo, it’s a good idea to take a minute or two to take some deep breaths and relax. Put some oil or other lubricant on the area of the tattoo (Vaseline also works very well). As said earlier, the tattoo should be done starting from the right, going to the left (assuming the artist is right-handed). Check the design to make sure nothing is left out or altered. Push down on the foot pedal and begin slowly following the design you have laid out (assuming you are not doing the tattoo freehand). Try to avoid wiping the design away as much as possible. Don’t try to go too long or short for each segment of the line you are working on. Make sure you follow the design stencil which you have set out and don’t go off of the lines. Make sure that the client knows to tell you if they need to adjust their position. In this case, stop tattooing until they have settled into their new position. If your hand or eyes feel tired, take a short break. After each segment of line is done, continuously use a towel with some oil on it to wipe away excess ink and blood and keep your view clear.
There are many styles of tattoo designs. They vary in size and line thickness. Some use very fine lines (ex.: Japanese Carp, flowers and butterflies), and some use very thick, well-defined lines (tattoos using letters and numbers). Usually, colorful colored ink is not used to make thick lines. Instead it is more common to use black ink for this. For finer line work, it is recommended that you use the three-pronged liner needles described above. If you want a thicker line, you should try a four-pronged needle.
Some clients don’t want their tattoos filled in with color. Instead, they just want it shaded. Usually, this is accomplished by using tones of black ink. In order to produce these tones, the ink used will be a more dilute version of the black ink normally used for making strong lines. If the tattoo is large, such as a landscape or waterfall scene, use a “smog” needle, which has a single point. If the tattoo is not overly large, use a five-pointed shading needle. When shading, do not apply a lot of pressure with the needle. This will help create a more realistic effect.
Colors to be used should be discussed and agreed upon before starting the tattooing process. That way, the artist can fill in all of the areas which use a particular color before moving onto the next one.
After each color is used, make sure to thoroughly clean out the needles and tattoo machine before moving onto the next color to ensure that the colors don’t mix. Inks are available in a wide range of colors, but you can also mix different color inks together in order to get the exact shade desired. In order to get darker colors, mix in a few drops of black ink.
And in order to get lighter, more washed out, shades, mix in a few drops of white.
1. Making bright colors
Tips: By mixing bright colors together to make bright color.
· Orange : Mix yellow with red
· Green: Mix blue and yellow.
· Lime Green: Mix yellow with a bit of green.
· Teal Green: Add a bit of green or yellow with blue .
· Violet-Blue: Mix red with blue.
· Purple: Mix red with a bit of blue, or violet.
2. Making light colors
Tips: By adding white lighten colors.
· Pink: Mix a bit of red with white.
· Coral: Mix red and white.
· Aqua: Mix a bit of teal green with white.
· Peach: Mix a bit of orange with white.
· Off-white: Ecru, mix a bit of yellow with white.
· Mint Green: Mix a bit of green with white.
· Lavender: Mix a bit of violet with white.
· Orchid : Mix a bit of purple with white.
· Light Blue: Mix a bit of blue with white.
3.Making dark colors (shades)
Tips: By adding the opposite color on the color wheel or black.
· Dark Red: Mix a bit of black with red.
· Dark Green: Mix a bit of black with green.
· Olive Green: Mix a bit of black with yellow.
· Dark Turquoise: Mix a bit of red to blue.
· Brown (dark orange): Mix a bit of black or blue with orange. Or mix green and red.
· Dark Violet-Blue: Mix a bit of black or yellow to violet-blue.
· Dark Blue: Mix a bit of black or orange with blue.
· Dark Purple: Mix a bit of black or lime green with purple.
4.Making grayish, or muted colors
Tips: Adding both black and white or the opposite color.
· Muted Red: Mix both black and white with red.
· Light Brown : Add both black (or blue) and white to orange.
· Light Olive: Mix both white and black (or violet-blue) to yellow.
· Grey-Green: Add both white and black (or magenta) to green.
· grey-Blue: Mix both white and black (or orange) with blue.
· Greyish Violet-Blue: Add both white and black (or yellow) to violet-blue.
· Muted Purple: Add both white and black (or lime green) to purple.
5.White, Black, and Gray
White: White can’t be mixing together from other colors. You need to buy it.
Black: You will have black by mixing yellow, red and blue. But it will lighter than the .true black, so if you want the true black, you have to.
Grey: grey is white and black mixed together.