Tattoos used to be something that only a certain type of person was interested in, but nowadays tattoos are much more universal. People are getting tattoos of all designs, colors and styles for a wide range of reasons. If you have never gotten a tattoo and are wondering how it works, there is more that goes into tattooing than you might think. It is a much more involved process than simply getting a piercing, which is a good thing considering they are permanent.
So how does the tattooing process really work?
The very first thing that goes into tattooing is the design process. Since tattoos are permanent, you will want to make sure you work with an artist to craft the exact design you want. Many times people already have a picture or idea of what they want their tattoo to look like, but remember tattoo artists are artists! Consult their expertise and ideas and you may end up with a tattoo you love more than anything you could’ve come up with yourself. It is their job to listen to your tattoo idea and come up with a work of art that captures who you are and what you want.
Next, comes the sketching stage. Your artist will sketch out what the tattoo will look like on a sheet a paper. This will give you a good idea of what the tattoo will look like and how big it will be. This stage of getting a tattoo is very collaborative. Don’t be afraid to tell your artist exactly what you like or dislike about the sketch, because remember this is going on your body forever so you better love the design.
Once the sketch is made it is time to schedule your appointment. When you show up for your first tattoo session, your artist will create a transferable print of your design. This ‘print’ is essentially a sticker of your tattoo design. Your artist will place it on the area of your body you want tattooed to give you a visual of what the finished product will look like. After you have the outline and placement of your tattoo set, it’s time to get to work.
Modern tattoo shops use tattoo machines to bring your design to life. The tattoo machine is an electrical device that uses a needle to insert the ink into your skin. These tattoo machines make it easier for artists to get straight lines, shade large areas and apply a variety of color to your tattoo. One important thing to note about reputable tattoo parlors is they will use brand new gear and prove it by opening the sealed needle and ink packages in front of you. It’s important you get your tattoo done at a place that values cleanliness and safety to prevent infection and the transfer of deadly diseases.
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