Tattooing- Step by Step

Tattooing is usually a long process and really large tattoos may take even more than one day to be made. The needle will touch the skin only after the definite range of actions - the choice of tattoo design and its placement, creation of tattoo design, preparation of the skin and application of the tattoo stencil. Let's have a look at our skin and see why tattoo stays for a lifetime. Our skin is made up of the epidermis and the dermis layers. The epidermis is the thinner, outer layer which consists of about five cell layers. The epidermis is constantly replacing itself. The dermis is the inner layer which consists of the reticular region and the upper papillary region. Tattoo ink is pushed by the tattoo needles into the deeper dermis layer and the cells of this layer are shedding much slower and the tattoo remains visible due to the translucent nature of epidermis.
Now let's discuss the aspects of safety and sterility of the process. Everything that touches your skin should be sterile. The tattoo artist should wear disposable sterile gloves and change them if he/she needs to touch something non-sterilized, for example, the phone. Power unit, spray bottles, tattoo machine and other tools that aren't disposable should be covered with barrier film or other form of barrier such as plastic wrap, for example.
And now to the tattooing- let's look at the process step by step.

  1. The preparation of tattoo machine and all necessary supplies and tools takes time. The tattoo artist will place the inks in special ink cups, remove the tubes and needles from sterile pouches and place them in the machine, prepare a special cup with distilled, clean water for cleaning the needles to change the color.
  2. Tattoo artist will place a little ointment over the transferred design to make the needle slide along the skin smoothly and to keep the transfer longer.
  3. First of all, the tattoo artist will do the line-work. During the first minute it may be really painful and difficult to bear but soon the skin gets used and the pain is subsiding. After the line-work is done, there will be no worries about the transfer.
  4. Then shading and coloring are done. And here the tattoo artist will not only switch to another set of needles which are specifically designed for shading and coloring or switch tattoo machine but also use all the creativity and skills to create a beautiful complete tattoo. The shading and coloring are less painful and depending on the size of your tattoo, the artist may offer you to have a break during the procedure to relax a bit.
  5. After the tattoo is completed, it will be cleaned up, a protective layer of ointment will be applied and it will be bandaged to keep blood from getting over the clothing and to reduce the chances of infection. The tattoo artist may ask you to take a picture of your tattoo for the portfolio this day or ask you to come when the tattoo will be healed. You may agree or refuse- it's your right.
  6. Tattoo artist should give you instructions on aftercare and may advice special tattoo aftercare products.
  7. Then tattoo artist should clean up- destroy the needles, dispose the used ink cups, gloves and other disposable tattoo accessories.

And you can go home and do your best to make a new tattoo heal faster and enjoy its beauty in the nearest future. Good luck!