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Areola Tattooing with Pointillism

3 round liner pointillism Nov 13, 2023

After the 1st pass…

(Post mastectomy and reconstruction due to breast cancer)

In the video I’ve finished my first pass. Im layering in texture and details with a pure ink (no dilution).
This can be done after my first pass and/or reinforced at the end of the procedure.

You will mainly see 2 techniques with a 3RL that add:


⚪️Pointillism- a controlled in and out movement that adds specific color and works well over scar areas with light-medium pressure depending on the thickness of the skin and scar.

⚪️⚪️⚪️Stippling- a looser more surface movement that “speckles” in color with no specific pattern. This works well for texture and I often cross dip colors (no rinsing) as the desired result is mottled.

See the next post for a continuation using a curved magnum needle.

If you’re new to areola tattooing, I do suggest incorporating multiple needles.
For my style of breast work, I usually have 2-4 needles to give a realistic areola and 3D dimension.


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