Tattoo art has existed since centuries. Different types of tools are needed to make this work of art precise and effective.
- Stick and poke
Stick and poke is often used for making tattoos at home. Generally experienced artists perform this work of art by using these tools. They make use of a sewing needle's tip and get it wrapped in ink-soaked thread, leaving the point protruding. The instrument is saturated with ink and the skin is pricked time and again for creating the design. The thread's purpose is to keep the needle point coated in ink so that more ink penetrates the skin.
- Tattoo stencil
One of the most important instruments which you need to use for creating a perfect tattoo in today's world is a tattoo stencil. If you take a look at a general context, a large number of experienced tattooists tend to prefer the stencil method. It is better to opt for this particular method rather than the freehand design at the first step. When the tattoo is applied on the skin of the person, a considerable part of it needs to be stretched. If you are not using a stencil in this regard, the entire tattoo may exhibit quite a distorted look.
A very methodical process is followed during the use of the stencil. A carbon paper is usually used to copy the design on to the stencil. It is also important to keep in mind that the image always appears on the skin in a reverse format. Apart from the usage of carbon paper, a light label can also be used. After the stencil is made, it is ready to be applied on the customer's skin. Before the application of the stencil, the skin of the customer must be shaved properly. The proper use of antiseptic is also quite essential. Some of the tattoo experts use the roll on deodorant with the stencil. However, proper amount of pressure is needed to be put with the stencil to create the right design.
Outlining is also an important aspect of tattoo art. This outlining or inking is done through the use of needles. Different types of needles are used by tattoo artists to create the most effective outlines. Whether it is star tattoos, butterfly tattoos, Celtic tattoos, dragon tattoos or any other design, a needle is a must for tattooing. In the present times tattooing is done with electrical tattoo machines that insert ink in the skin through a group of needles, which are soldered into the bar and are attached to the oscillating unit. This unit drives the needles in and out of skin 80-150 times a second. These needles are usually single-use needles, which come packed individually.