If you consider a career as a tattoo artist, you should know that tattoo artistry calls for a range of skills, including artistic ability to health knowledge and effective communication and similar. To make clear, just because you want to be a Tattoo artist does not mean you will be one. Tattooing is a highly competitive field at the moment.
The first lesson you need to learn is that not all Tattooists are created equal. This means that you will never make it with and against them if you don’t have the right skills and attitude. Having passion and the desire to become a tattoo artist is not all it takes. You need basic drawing skills to even consider a career as a tattoo artist.
Lots of popular artists are making a huge profit, some have such a dedicated clientele and reputation that they have to put people on a waiting list of weeks and even months. Tattooing is a huge business and big money is out there. But the reality is that that’s just a tiny part of the whole picture.
How it’s Done
A tattoo is nothing more than ink deposited under the skin. How it gets there is another matter all together. The following will be an overview of how modern tattooing, achieves the desired effects. Once the tattoo gun is set up, cleaned and disinfected, clean sterile needles are installed in the needle tube. The needles are not hollow, and are approximately 1 inch long, and soldered upon a needle bar.
For outlining a single needle is used, or 3 needles soldered together, these are just examples 2 needles up to 15 could be used to create a line. The tube, which the needle bar is inserted, acts as a guide, and an ink reservoir. The needles are then set for the proper overhang from the tube tip. Now that the gun is set, and the client has been prepared, the ink is dispensed into disposable caps.
This prevents contamination of the ink from one client to the next. The ink is not reused, and any excess is thrown away. The gun is turned on, and dipped into the ink cap paying care not to damage the needle tips. Ink is sucked into the tube tip reservoir. The gun is then ran momentarily next to some paper towel to clean out the excess, and now tattooing will proceed.
Outlining is usually the first step in the tattoo process. The needles extend into the skin approximately. 1/16 th of an inch, depositing ink in the dermis region of the skin. The skin is stretched tight with one hand, while the other operated the gun; power is turned off and on via a foot switch. The stretching of the skin is vital is providing a smooth clean line. The artist moves his gun forward, or to the side. This keeps the needle against the back of the tube keeping the lines straight. The machine is slightly angled back and the stenciled lines are followed until the design is completed.
The next step is shading. Shading is done many ways, for example a square tipped tube is installed on the gun, and a flat set of 6 needles is installed. The needles are very slightly fanned to help keep them from wobbling in the tube. With the skin stretched the artist will start at the darkest area of the shading, and move toward the lighter section all the time lifting the needles further out of the skin till the needles loose contact at the end of the shading.
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