Though primarily a professional undertaking, it is also possible to learn how to draw a tattoo on your own and at the comfort of your own home. This, however, requires that you know the tools and items required for the job as well as the tools to use to actualize the feat.
We have prepared these discussions to look into that. Here below, we shall examine the various drawing techniques that may be needful for the job. Then, we shall take you through the step-by-step procedures that may enable you to actualize the job well. It is our hope that at the tail end of it, you will be appropriately inspired.
How To Draw A Tattoo
Many techniques that you can use to draw the tattoo do abound. The exact method to follow varies significantly from one technique to another one. It is hence necessary that you familiarize yourself with the exact processes that such approaches entail.
Tools and Materials Required
- Tattoo needles
- Tattoo machines
- Rubber bands
- Thermafax paper
- Skin pens
DIY Tattoo Drawing SOP
# Clean the portion of the skin you intend to tattoo
Jumpstart the exercise by cleaning the portion of your skin that you intend to tattoo. Rub some alcohol on that area by use of clean cotton material. Wipe down the skin to dry after applying the alcohol to the area.
If the alcohol is taking too long to dry out completely, you may consider blowing it out with a stream of cool air. This speeds up the drying process while at the same time making the skin appropriately prepared for the subsequent task of tattooing.
# Prepare the tattoo pencil
Now prepare the tattoo pencil for the actual task of tattooing. Do this by dipping the tip of the pencil in some warm water for around 5 seconds. This is to make the lead that forms the tip of the pencil softer.
The best pencil to use for the job is regular #2 as it is the one that is cheaper and colored. You may have to dip the tip of the pencil in the water a couple of times to obtain the desired end results.
For all practical purposes, a cup would be the most suitable item for the job. Running water creates fewer contacts between the tip of the pencil itself and the warm water.
# Draw the design on your arms
Use the pencil now to draw the design you want on your arms. Depending on the color or complexion of your skin, you may have to make numerous passes to be able to come up with a legible line.
In fact, the darker skins will usually demand that you make 10-15 passes to be able to make the lines stand out clearly and legibly. Refrain from pressing the pencil too hard on your skin as that will most likely irritate it. Instead, wet your skin every quite often and retrace the lines gently.
# Introduce the colors
At this stage, you should now introduce the colors. The choice of colors no doubt depends largely on the designs you want to come up with. That calls for you now to figure out how the final outcome is likely to be before proceeding.
Fill the colors in the spaces that are left. Please note that the colors may not always appear as awesome as they would most likely be on paper.
Needless to say, you will have to retrace each segment of the skin a couple of times to make the same appear legible on your skin.
# Leave it to dry
After you are through with filling in the colors, you now have to leave the skin undisturbed to let it dry. Sit somewhere that has access to cool air and preferably under a shade. The breeze will carry away all the moisture.
To hasten the drying process, you may also spray the tattoo with a liquid bandage. That will not only make the tattoo to dry faster but also make it last longer.
# Carry out some aftercare
In closing, you have to carry out some aftercare. These are steps, procedures, and practices that are designed to preserve the health and the stature of the tattoo to make it dry faster and last longer.
For instance, you should refrain from touching, rubbing, or scrubbing the affected portions of the skin as those are likely to peel off the layers of the tattoos.
Then again, you may also contemplate spraying the liquid bandage for some time until the tattoo has completely hardened.
Different drawings or styles require different kinds of machines. You are hence asked to see to it that you match the right machine with the right style or drawing. That will also go a long way in minimizing conflicts and guarantees exceptional outcomes.
Tattooing is ordinarily a complicated undertaking. It is, in fact, a matter that is best left to the discretion of the professional tattoo artists. If and when you absolutely have to go it alone, we ask that you exercise a great deal of due diligence.
The end results of negligence and carelessness may often have far-reaching implications. One sure way of achieving this end is by reading our explanations keenly. Well, it is our hope that you now have the psychological preparedness you need to do this well. When do you plan to set out?