All you need is a standard inkjet printer and a pack of temporary tattoo paper, which can be purchased at most craft stores. Tattoo stencils may be manufactured inexpensively and readily with a dot matrix printer. These printers use small needles to deposit ink on the paper as they print text or images. The ink used in dot matrix printers is water-based and will wash off your skin when washed properly.
The best thing about using a dot matrix printer for tattoo stencils is that you can create almost any design without having to pay for expensive laser equipment. You can also customize each stencil by changing the number of prints per sheet or adding clear tape to make some areas transparent when printed.
You should always test any tattoo ink on a small area of skin before using it on someone else. Inks can cause allergic reactions or lead infections if they aren't used properly. However, most modern inks are non-toxic and easy to remove with soap and water or tattoo remover cream.
To get started, you should always have needles, tubes, tips, and grips, ink, a machine, stencil items, and a power source on hand. The appropriate tattooing equipment can help you get started on making stunning tattoos for your customers. You should also have a good working knowledge of tattoo techniques to be able to explain and show these techniques to your students.
Needles are the most important tool for any tattoo artist. They are used to create the design by puncturing the skin to make holes for the ink to go into. There are several types of needles including filiform, biopsy, and stainless steel. Each type is best used for certain tasks. For example, filiform needles are used for fine detail work while biopsy needles are preferred for taking samples of tissue. Stainless steel needles are commonly used by all types of artists because they don't break down like other materials do over time.
Tubes are short sections of pipe with one end cut off that are used as containers for inks that are mixed together to make colors. There are two main types of tubes: ones made of glass that are fragile but opaque and ones made of plastic that are transparent. Glass tubes can be broken easily by falling objects while plastic tubes will crack if exposed to heat or chemicals.
Tips are small brushes used to spread ink across the skin.
Tattoo thermal copiers and printers are useful equipment for making tattoo stencils. You may use either to generate reverse image stencils that you can transfer onto a client's skin to create a traceable outline of their tattoo design. Tattoo copiers/printers use a laser to heat the ink in the pattern of a tattoo graphic, which is then transferred to skin.
There are two main types of tattoo printers: dry and wet. Dry printers use the heat from a laser to fuse plastic films into sheets that can be used as stencils. These films can be bought pre-cut with standard tattoo designs or custom made by you or your tattoo artist. They can also be purchased divided into single colors for mixing custom shades. The printed film is placed on top of tattooed skin and heated with a hand lamp or other source of heat until it melts into the surface. This creates an exact replica of the stencil sheet inside the tattoo. After cooling, the film will peel off the skin easily leaving no residue behind.
Wet printers use a solution of water and dye to print graphics directly onto skin. These tattoos need to be treated like any other permanent tattoo and should never be washed off. They are also only visible under blacklight illumination.
In both cases, after removing the stencil the tattoo site must be cleaned thoroughly with soap and water to remove any leftover pigment.