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What tattoo needle should I choose?

Uncategorized Jul 02, 2019

I never know what needle I'm going to choose for my client until I know these top 2 things...

Top 2  are:

  • first and foremost, what is her skin type?
  • what does she want- what's her vision/goal for procedure area?

    These  2 elements are just about equally important to one another, however,  I do put more weight on her skin type as this will dictate my result.

This idea of not doing exactly what your client comes marching through the door asking for can require a bit of client education. Especially if her heart is set on a hair stroke brow and her skin is oily or bumpy, or eyeliner that extends out too far when her skin is sagging.

In the end, you will be very glad you took the time to explain options of what will look best and the why. 

Our needle choice is personal and based on what we've learned. For sure, knowing your needles will lead you towards an educated decision even for the most difficult skin types.

 To your PMU success,


PMU Artist...

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A Thick Eyeliner Tattoo?

Which eyes could be tattooed with a thick eyeliner? Tattooing the eyes can be a challenge and a thick eyeliner poses risks.  Many women would love to diminish the morning eyeliner chore. Permanent makeup would seemingly be a great solution.  Well, it is, but the thickness of the permanent line may not be the same thickness that you apply with your topical makeup. WHY NOT?

Wrinkles (3,5)- the permanent eyeliner will never be straight when healed when the skin is crepey and folds. Photo

Distended Capillaries (2,3,6)– This is caused by the popular eyelash growth serums. The pigment will migrate and follow the capillaries causing color displacement.

Thin Skin (3,6)- Delicate skin must be handled with care as it can easily tear and capillaries are often prevalent.

Which eyes could be tattooed with a thick eyeliner? If you guessed Photos 1,4 you are correct.  However, I still don’t recommend to tattoo a thick eyeliner.

Photo 1 is my healed work on a...

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Check Your Tattoo Needles!

Uncategorized Jun 16, 2019

I can't say how important it is to check your needles.  A jewelers eye loupe gives you an up-close look.  I prefer the ones with a light. Amazon has many to choose from.

You're looking for: 

  • soldering quality
  • bent needles
  • needle burrs

A burr is a hook on the end of the needle and it will cause a lot of skin trauma and bleeding during a procedure.

Check your needles, it only takes a few seconds and will save you time in the end.

To your PMU success,


PMU Artist & Needle Specialist
Inside Needle Knowledge, I.N.K.

 

 

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#1 Permanent Makeup Request Is Microblading

Uncategorized Jun 03, 2019

The permanent makeup techniuque, microblading, is most often requested by clients because of its celebrity status and the whole world seems to know about it or knows someone who's had it done. Although, microbalding is still  popular, what I’ve noticed lately is clients want a softer look and realize the look of microblading may look more like a tattoo if they don’t have eyebrow hair to disguise the faux tattooed lines.

Many clients also request that they don’t want to do the morning brow makeup routine. This means they want their permanent makeup to look similar to their topical makeup and this can be a great soft look if it’s done by the right artist. Permanent makeup techniques today allow just a hint of color, a shadow of color, or a watercolor effect all which will go undetected as a tattoo and pass for a look of makeup.

I often will start the brows with the soft background color then add more dimension and or darker color on a second visit....

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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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Goodbye Blue Radiation Tattoo Dots

Uncategorized Aug 03, 2018

Survivors already know that breast cancer brings many challenges and the possibility of going through radiation therapy is one of them. If a survivor must go through radiation she/he will be left with permanent tattooed radiation markers/dots, which are either blue or black. They are an important marker for accurate radiation treatments.  However, survivors often dislike the lingering tattooed dots because they are a reminder of their cancer. Also, because the radiation dots are often located on the chest, many are bothered by the dots showing when wearing a scoop or v neck shirts. The dots look too bluish or too black to be considered healthy freckles.

radiation tattoos

The good news is that radiation markers can be removed by several laser treatments or the method I do; tattooing the dots with a neutralizing orange color. This makes the blue dots a brown color, which then appears as a freckle instead of a blue dot.

There is talk about fluorescent tattoo ink only seen with a special...

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