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Tattooing 24/7

pointillism single needle May 01, 2019

My response to the question was, “I tattoo more,” (permanent makeup, microblading etc. are all considered tattooing.

The question:
Recently, my last client of the day asked me “what I will I do when I get home for the evening?”   In the last years, there has been a huge movement to online classes and artists displaying their techniques on Internet platforms. (Some good some really bad).

As an advanced artist, I love seeing what others are doing.  We never know it all and since permanent makeup is a craft, I never stop researching, learning, creating, and incorporating techniques from all over the world. Right now I’m interested in an artist from Spain.  He is a tattoo artist shedding light (for me) on the use of liner needles to create beautiful shading.

So at home, after some family time, I’m practicing, watching tattoo videos, or analyzing/critiquing my day’s creations and thinking about new techniques.  

My craft...

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Understanding Tattoo Needles

Most clients really aren’t interested in understanding tattoo needs however, I show clients my tattoo needles before opening the package because it’s required by the health department. A few clients are curious about the needles and others say, “I can’t look.”  It might help you to know that we actually tattoo very shallow in the skin…not deep at all.

Tattoo needles are really like paint brushes that I use to create permanent makeup designs.

 

tattoo needles

 

They come in several shapes, sizes and tapers so there are a lot of options and thought that goes into what I choose for specific procedures. We have amazing needle options from both the USA and Europe.

Using 2-3 needles per case is my norm.  I could just use one but it’s more about what will give me the best result and not improvising when I have the” right tool for the job”.

It has taken time and research to understand all the nuances of tattoo needles but...

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Liner Shader Guide

This chart helps you pay attention to your hand speed, machine speed, and hand movements when using liners for a liner effect and shaders for a shaded effect.

It also shows how you can use:

  • Liners for a shaded effect 
  • Shaders for a liner effect

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