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Curved Magnums are a Favorite for Breast Tattooing


Curved Magnums are one of my favorite needles to incorporate for breast tattooing. The magnum puts in color efficiently and softly.


1015 Curved Magnum

 In the video, Im about finished with this areola and the last step is to add what I call a "layover" color.  It's typically a wash of a color or a pure color that helps blend my layers together.

In the video you will see 3 curved magnum movements/techniques 

  • Circles/Ovals - softly layering with a light touch working up to the edges
  • Back/Forth - Use needles to  softly layer pixels with a light touch that allows you to move back and forth on the skin
  • On the Side - With a curved movement shade the nipple focusing more pressure for a darker base and lighter pressure as you lift off creating the gradient shade.

Other needles such as a 3RL/S work great  for more added texture and precision.


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Areola Tattoo Techniques

Usually I employ several techniques when Im working on a procedure, especially when Im tattooing an areola. This is a 4 year faded case when the initial goal  had started more of a tan soft color.  

My client wanted more pink so I incorporated a couple different pink tones over the existing color trying to create some texture variations with color. Since the color had faded and was rather flat, the pinks showed up over the top.

 I find that If the previous ink color isn't too dark,  tattooing over it turns out nice for  both areolas, brows and lips and even eyes.  The new ink, instead of finding its placement in the skin has  some type of  substrate (previous ink) to "grab".  

The pixel technique, that leaves open color space, is quite effective over previous color and it also lets the previous color glow through.  I used a 3RL instead of a 1RL. so that I could get in more color and see more texture from the...

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