How to Prepare Skin for a Tattoo | Tattoo Artist

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How to prep the skin for a tattoo. First I use an alcohol wipe that’s 70 percent alcohol. Most city ordinances that govern tattooing, which is usually governed by each county or state, they usually require at least 70 percent alcohol. Anything more evaporates too fast it has to sit on the skin to prep the skin.

Wipe it down. Next shave the skin. You have to shave the skin, no matter how much hair, whether it’s small or a lot, we’ve got some bear hands over here, just so you don’t have any ingrown hairs during the healing process. In designing a tattoo, what you’d normally do is; first find out what they like, and then look at the shape of the body, what you’re going to work with. Your canvas will tell you a lot, what’s around it. A hand is a pretty big spot, as you can tell, it’s sort of on a round shape. I usually don’t use stencils, I draw everything on skin, just because I like to show true artistry. It is easy for me to draw on skin then place a stencil. When I draw on the skin, I actually form the tattoo to the body so when you look at the placement of it, it doesn’t look wonky or one side to the other because it was actually drawn for that part.

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  1. What I like to do is first I shave the client from head to toe, and that's non-negotiable. I need them completely hairless, I am the artist and that is how the artist works, like he says, I'm a true artisan, and a true artisan does his craft on a completely hairless canvas. Next I need them clean, and the only true way to cleanse a canvas is by fire. I have this machine built than locks in their wrists and ankles, and holds them suspended in the air in the shape of an 'X". Then the machine, (very quickly mind you I'm trying to sanitize them, not cook them) quickly hits their entire body with a blue flame. We all know thanks to game of thrones that blue actually burns hotter. THEN and ONLY then do I begin the tattoo.

  2. Umm u draw all your tattoos on the skin?? So you draw portraits?? Stencils are a must just as well as freehanding.. if I want a symmetrical tattoo like a king of hearts I don’t want one side looking crooked because you don’t do stencils πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚ I get that it’s his way of tattooing but I still think stencils are great to use

  3. I don't remember my artist even shaving my arm. I think I have A LOT of ingrown hairs. What do I do about all of them? They look like pimples. This was my first tattoo, otherwise, obviously I would have had my arm shaved properly.