Making Your Own Tattoo:
Assuming that you are the maker/designer of this tattoo, envision the outline you're wanting in your plan. The tattoo will stay on your skin for a couple of days with tattoo stencil paper. Make certain your placement and the size are correct for the area you are wanting the tattoo to be.
Stencil paper is made specifically for the tattoo profession. The artist can draw the image, or they can be made with the newer stencil machines, print out the image that will be inked into the skin. There are two common types of stencil paper that are used in the tattoo business—thermal and impact. Thermal papers typically have three sheets of paper and an ‘onionskin,’ while impact papers have two sheets and an ‘onionskin’. Thermal papers are used with a special type of thermal stencil machine, (there are several types and brands of machine). Impact papers are most often used for freehand stencil drawing, like a carbon copy.
No matter the type of paper and process you choose, the result will be the same—a translucent sheet of paper with the complete design ready to be put to the skin. Clean the area with green soap, (a safe industry product used regularly and is typically a mild antibiotic). The tattoo artist will need to shave the area where the stencil will be laid next, unless you have asked the client to come in already prepped by shaving at home. Next, is to spread stencil fluid, (sometimes a lotion, sometimes a spray), applied to the skin. It helps to keep the ink on the stencil paper transfer easily to the skin. Next up is to position the paper on the area where the design is wanted. It's very necessary that the client is still while this is being done. Any movement, even slight, can move the paper enough to create a doubled line and/or blur the design. When the stencil placement is good, slowly peel the paper off, showing the tattoo template underneath.
Last but not least - Ink Away!!!
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