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This includes not only the process of tattooing, but also about what it takes to become a tattoo artist the right and safe way. Before anyone can become a tattoo artist, a good understanding and background knowledge of the process, the equipment and safety procedure is vital. On this website, we will cover various aspects on the subject of tattooing from techniques, to equipment, to tattoo flash, even aspects such as getting your license and paying taxes as an artist, it's all here.
There are so many paths that lead to a career as a professional tattoo artist, and one of the only things they have in common is the belief that the path one person took is the BEST path for everyone. This really isn’t true, or else there wouldn’t be so many ways to end up in the industry.
So, this article isn’t saying that this is the “only” way to fulfill the dream of becoming a tattoo artist. Instead, it’s offering advice on what is a tried-and-true method for how to get to where you want to be.
Following a path along these lines provides a good progression toward becoming a tattoo artist…
An option that many people don’t consider is to have a tattoo artist use flesh-colored ink. In this way, the tattoo becomes a kind of permanent cosmetic cover up of the stretch marks or scar tissue.
Others use this as an opportunity to get the tattoo of their dreams. Having to get a larger tattoo then becomes an opportunity instead of an obstacle because it allows someone to get the kind of large and complex tattoo that will instantly get someone’s attention in a positive way.
Regardless of the tattoo option you choose, there are a few factors you should be aware of before you go to the tattoo artist.
First of all, you’ll need to make sure the stretch marks or scar tissue are healed before going to the tattoo artist. This helps protect your body while also making the tattoo work easier.
That’s because healed stretch marks tend to be more faded and easier to “hide” inside of a tattoo. Meanwhile, newer stretch marks tend to be purple or red: it’s harder to hide those colors, and you may not want the kind of vibrant tattoo it would take to incorporate bright red and purple into it.
In addition to color, you should note whether the stretch marks are raised up from the skin or not. When these marks are flat, it’s easier to disguise them with a tattoo. Raised stretch marks are harder to work with, though they may flatten out as they heal.
Much of the world first discovered Jason Momoa when he played Khal Drogo on the hit TV show Game of Thrones. In addition to his muscled build, the first thing people notice about this character are his tattoos.
Within the show, the primary purpose of the tattoos were to make Momoa look even meaner and sleeker than he already did, especially when the character was fighting. And this character ended up being very inspirational in the tattoo community: plenty of people have tattoos of phrases and symbols from his onscreen people, the Dothraki!
When we first saw onscreen Aquaman, a few fans were confused. This super-tattooed superhero didn’t look a lot like his comic counterpart.
There are a few reasons for this, though. First, both director Zack Snyder and Momoa himself wanted Aquaman to represent Polynesian culture, and the extreme amount of body tattoos helped to do so.
In addition to generally representing this culture, Momoa’s Aquaman tattoos show him to be a fearsome warrior. Some of the tats include spearheads all over his arms that help to highlight a simple fact: this guy is a living weapon!
Finally, on a practical level, all those Aquaman tattoos help to cover up Momoa’s real tattoos.
First off, a jagua tattoo isn’t like a traditional tattoo. Instead of using standard ink, these tattoos are made from a special fruit extract known as “jagua.” And in many ways, this isn’t a new idea.
In fact, many cultures have used jagua to decorate their bodies for several centuries. It’s only recently become a big deal in North America and Europe, though, creating a trend that’s now sweeping the rest of the world.
Another thing you should know about jagua: it’s different from henna tattoos.
The idea of temporary tattoos isn’t new, either. In fact, many people have enjoyed rocking some cool henna tattoos over the years. That brings us to an important question: just how is jagua different from henna?
It turns out these tats are different in several ways. On a basic level, jagua comes from a fruit whereas henna comes from a plant. Accordingly, they come from different climates: henna comes from a desert plant while jagua is more of a tropical thing (hence the areas where it was originally popular such as South America).
On a functional level, jagua can be a bit more convenient. After about two hours, it will stay on your skin for a good, long time. Although the jagua gel itself can take longer to dry than henna does.
Like henna, jagua tattoos are often referred to as “temporary” tattoos. Before you shell out cash for a cool gel tattoo, though, you may be wondering just how temporary these tattoos really are.
On average, these tattoos typically last between ten days and two weeks. However, some people can make them last as much as three weeks and as little as one week. If you really want it to last a while, try to avoid taking hot baths or swimming in pools filled with chlorine.
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It’s not always easy to be a dude. Take tattoos, for instance. Many guys want to get a cool tattoo, but they worry that they’ll get something weird and unfashionable. And then the worst part: you’re stuck with it forever!
To help the fellas out, we keep an eye on emerging tattoo trends. One of the biggest trends now is wrist tattoos for men. Wondering if this could be the right tattoo for you? Keep reading to discover our awesome guide!
Sometimes, people see those awesome sleeve tattoos and think it all happened at once. However, the very best sleeves are built up over time, making someone’s arm a kind of living work of art.
Wrist tattoos can actually be a great foundation for bigger tattoos down the line. As an example, you might get a subtle wrist tattoo that you eventually turn into a more prominent forearm tattoo. That’s our favorite kind of tat: ink that can grow on you while you grow on it!
Some dudes are just naturally introverted. There’s nothing wrong with that—until you’re trying to make new friends. Many guys would kill just to have an easy way to start a conversation.
Well, good news: wrist tattoos for men make for a natural icebreaker! Like we said before, these are subtle enough that you can usually hide them from a picky employer. But they are also prominent enough that anyone you meet will see it pretty quickly.
From that point, you get to engage in a time-honored tattoo tradition: telling a new person the cool story behind your ink.
The final reason that we really dig wrist tattoos is that the wrist is a perfect size for a cool tattoo image. You might think the area is too small, but there’s room for anything you can dream up.
Some people get religious or cultural symbols on there. Others squeeze in a favorite quote. Heck, you’ve even got the perfect amount of room on there to get one of those trendy Soundwave tattoos.
At the same time, your wrist is a small enough area that it won’t take the tattoo artist too long to complete everything. If this is your first tat and you’re nervous about how long things might take, then a wrist tattoo is perfect for you.
Wrist Tattoos For Men: Final Thoughts
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When it comes to side boob tattoo ideas, it’s tough to go wrong with floral patterns. These flowers can be arranged in a nice arch to accentuate your existing curves, and they make your naked body look like it’s constantly blossoming.
As a bonus, floral tattoos come in all kinds of colors. That makes it very easy to find the perfect color to make your skin tone “pop,” which is especially important if you have paler skin.
Flowers not really your thing? Don’t worry: you can always add some tasteful text to your growing list of side boob tattoo ideas!
Like the flowers, it’s easy to arrange text in a curve or other shape that accentuates your natural appearance. And while it’s not mandatory, making the text cursive makes it seem very classy and upscale.
Finally, a text tattoo gives you a lot of room to get creative. From lovers’ names to favorite quotes, there’s room for just about anything.
You probably noticed that our side boob tattoo ideas were mostly profile pieces. This makes sense, as they are meant to be seen from the side. Underboob tattoo ideas, though, are all about the center.
Underboob tattoos tend to be bigger than side book tattoos, and they serve one main purpose: to draw someone’s attention to your breasts. Therefore, you should choose a design with an important central element in the middle.
Flowers can work for this purpose too, but some women prefer objects such as diamonds or crowns. For the truly edgy, a sword or dagger tattoo does the trick! Ultimately, any shape that draws a person’s eyes upward is great for an underboob tattoo.
If hard angles aren’t a good combo for your soft curves, then we’ve got more underboob tattoo ideas. Here’s one: embracing the art of circular design.
Designs like the sun and the moon make for good underboob tattoo ideas because the person looking at the tattoo will be drawn to the symmetry of the design. Plus, these tattoos are timeless, and there’s a lot of room to get really creative with the design.
There’s also room to meet in the middle (so to speak) with designs that do a bit of both. Things like mandalas or atoms are not perfect circles, but the approximate circle design still helps to show off your body in an exciting new way!
Done right, side boob and underboob tattoos can make you look and feel sexier than ever before. The trick is finding the design that’s just right for you.
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People ask us many questions about tattoos each week. The most popular question is nice and simple: “will it hurt?”
The potential for pain is a real turn-off for many people who want a tattoo. To help with the pain, some of these folks turn to tattoo numbing creams.
However, these creams are very controversial in the tattoo community. Before you use any of it, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting into. That’s why we’ve prepared a solid guide to what these creams are, how they work, and whether they are actually worth it or not.
Earlier, we mentioned three active ingredients for a tattoo numbing cream. However, all the creams fall into two camps: creams that you use while you are getting a tattoo and creams that you use as part of your tattoo aftercare.
Each kind of cream has its uses, but the practice is frowned upon by many tattoo artists (more on this later). Additionally, the effectiveness of these creams can vary quite a bit.
Will a tattoo numbing cream dull the pain? Yes. Will it dull the pain enough? That’s the big question.
While your pain will be reduced, no numbing cream can perfectly deaden the pain directly at your tattoo area. So if you think this will make everything pain-free, then you’re in for a rude (and painful) awakening.
It’s also worth noting that the FDA frowns on these kinds of numbing creams. It’s their belief that such creams are only effective when administered by a medical professional; unfortunately, you and your favorite tattoo artist probably don’t qualify!
So, the big question: is a tattoo numbing cream right for you? The only real answer is that it depends. If your artist approves of them and you find it effective, then you’ve got nothing to lose but money. Just be aware that not all creams are similarly effective, and none of them can completely remove the pain!
There’s just something about celebrity tattoos. These stars are constantly on our screens, in our movie theaters, and on our phones. And when you’re a tattoo enthusiast, it’s cool to see stars who share your passion.
2018 was a pretty powerful year for celebrity tattoos. Did you miss out on all this awesome ink? Don’t worry: we’re here to bring you the hottest celebrity tattoos of 2018!