Learn how to start a tattoo with expert tips on tattoo artists in this free body art video series.
The first stage of the process, we're going to be establishing all the linear aspects. Even though this particular design has a line on the exterior circle, there will be no line. It's going to just be cut like a negative space there. Alright, so what we're doing now is we established our liner, this is an outliner which is running a seven needle cluster for the outline. The machine itself when it is oscillating gets dipped into the pigment in the container. It draws pigment up into the reservoir at the end of the tube. This creates surface tension, and then when the surface tension is broken, it pours out of the tube, down the length of the needle, and it's pierced into the surface of the skin. That's the acutal process. Alright Luke, you ready? No. That's what it's going to be like okay? Okay. Go over it a little at a time. Now you'll notice that I'm pulling on the skin, this is giving me tension on the surface of the skin. I'm stretching the skin, and by doing that, it allows the needle to puncture the surface much more easily. If the skin were left natural, it would actually be bouncing around, rather than piercing through the surface. So is it what you expected? Yeah. And I'll be working in that kind of a rythym. I'll be working, stopping, working, stopping. Yeah, that's pretty nice. And if you need a stretch, or you feel as though you need to take a break, you let me know, okay? Okay. How long is this going to go for? It's going to be a few hours, for sure. But the outline, the sensation for the outline, the way interior work feels is really quite different.