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    TatterTot Inquiries

    Hi. So today I did my 4th tattoo on skin. I’m still very new to tattooing. I recently got hired at Zillionaires Ink in LA CA. Well, hired is a strong word. I am able to bring people there to do tattoos, when I can find people willing to give me canvas. If I’m paid, then it’s 50% to the shop...
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    Help me troubleshoot what is going on with my lines. I am going crazy trying to figure it out!

    So I am an apprentice at a local studio, my mentor recently let me start tattooing customers. But I still have problems with lining. I keep asking him what I am doing wrong but I am not getting an answer just ”you’ll figure it out in time”. What is getting frustrating is i feel like i have tried...
  3. Kellalizard

    Having to go back over lines - How to get single pass black lines?

    Hi, I've been tattooing for a fair few months now and I'm now onto people. I'm quite comfortable shading and packing colour/black and grey but I'm finding lining very difficult. I would consider myself a realism artist but I want to incorporate linework into my designs to help them hold up and...
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    Why does this happen?

    Hi all. Struggling to figure out why some lines are healing like this. Some lines look as though the ink in the middle of them has fallen out ? They look solid during the tattoo then heal like this. They're not raised up at all but do look scarred. It's only a few of my tattoos that've done...
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    Getting dotty lines when lining tattoos

    Hi looking for advice. I'm using 5rl and 3rl needles and getting nice clean lines sometimes and then these faded spotty lines others. I'm thinking I must be going too fast so it's the needle points I can see but even going over the line isn't helping. Too much Vaseline maybe?
  6. Echoenchontus

    Lining, also shading sometimes. Not sure what I’m doing wrong.

    I’ve been licensed for about 3 years now and we have quite a busy shop so I’ve done tons of tattoos! Most of which I think turn out fine. Lately I just been feeling kind of down about myself, especially in the last week 3 people have come in asking for touch ups. Like parts of the lining faded...

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