What do you think is the most important fact that you need to understand before giving a tattoo to someone?@Anonymous
To me the most important fact is realizing you are about to permenently scar someones body and the fact that if you mess up in any way, it’s your fault and you’ll begin to hold the title of being a non-prosessional tattoo artist.
Bummer down. I have had shaky hands since I was in middle school, it’s never going to go away and it alway’s get’s in the way of me drawing! I only point this out because, ya know…tattooing requires the hands of a surgeon basically and I don’t have that.
I remember a while ago my previous artist, Shamrock (before my current artist, Jaime) said that when it came to tattooing and have shaky hands, it’s all mind over matter. Hopefully this is my case.
There’s one major “art form” one must master whilst practicing the art of tattooing which is knowing how far to puncture the skin with the needle. There are seven layers of skin on the human body and only two out of that seven matter most when it comes to tattooing. The epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the outer layer of skin and the dermis is the layer of skin that needs to be poked at. A tattoo’s needle’s depth needs to go in at about 1mm to 2mm so of course this is a delicate process. The needle on the tattoo machine also needs to be sticking out at about 1/16th to 1/32 inch…very delicate.
Practicing on a piece of fruit is a safe way to process such a delicate procedure. Since fruit’s skin is similar to that of a human’s, it’s a pretty similar object to practice upon. This is what I had to practice upon since I am still not legally allowed to practice on a real person. I found it more difficult to take this process seriously since I knew there wasn’t really anything at risk at the time, such as permanently scaring someone! However, I still know that practicing on this silly canvas will only better my skills for the future so I will continue to due it until I’m fantastic with it.