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How to Make Tattoo Stencil Fluid

Updated April 17, 2017

During the process of tattooing, a tattoo artist may encounter issues with the design if a stencil disappears while wiping the skin free of ink and blood. The stencil is an outline of the design transferred to the skin for the tattoo artist to follow during the procedure. Tattoo artists differ when it comes to the products used to apply the stencil to the skin, but having a mixture that protects the client by avoiding cross contamination, that remains on the skin for the duration of the tattoo and is simple to wipe off is the best practice.

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  1. Wash hands with warm water and an antibacterial soap. Dry hands thoroughly with a paper towel. Place a glove on each hand. Remove the stick deodorant from the plastic casing. Place the deodorant in a microwave safe glass container. Use a stick deodorant instead of antiperspirants to ensure the safety of clients receiving tattoos. Antiperspirants contain aluminium, which is considered a neurotoxin when dispersed into the skin in large amounts. Antiperspirants are designed to block glands and prevent sweat from exuding out of the skin, which will impair the healing of the tattoo.

  2. Melt the deodorant in a microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the glass container from the microwave using potholders. Pour the melted deodorant into a squeeze bottle. Fill the squeeze bottle one-third full with the melted deodorant.

  3. Pour the liquid antibacterial soap and alcohol into the squeeze bottle. Use equal parts for each ingredient, one-third liquid antibacterial soap and one-third alcohol for the mixture. Screw on the top of the squeeze bottle. Shake the mixture.

  4. Dispose of the gloves, glass container and leftover melted deodorant.

  5. Tip

    Spray this solution to remove the stencil if adjusting for placement. Buy a microwave to use solely for this process to prevent bacteria from food.


    Never attempt to tattoo someone if you have not completed an apprenticeship and a blood borne pathogens training. Use protective rags or mitts when handling hot contents from a microwave.

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Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves
  • Stick deodorant
  • Microwave
  • Glass container
  • Liquid anitbacterial soap
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Squeeze bottle

About the Author

Maude Coffey retired after 10 years working as a professional body modification artist in the tattoo industry. She is certified in principles of infection control and blood-borne pathogens. Coffey received additional training and classes, such as anatomy, jewelry standards and aftercare, from the Association of Professional Piercers. Coffey aims to educate about safe tattooing and piercing practices while writing for various websites.

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