Tattoo Techniques

One of the biggest problems new tattoo artists face while learning online is picking up bad habits. Because no one wants to teach them, they end up following a lot of the bad advice that’s online, making it impossible for them to create clean tattoos that draw in clients. 

This puts a cap on their career until they reverse those bad habits. However, that process can take years, which is why most shops won’t take on artists that don’t use the right technique. 

To save you the trouble, our professional tattoo artists have put together guides on proper lining, shading, and packing, as well as more advanced techniques like tattooing over scar tissue. You can be confident that you’re learning to tattoo correctly and skip the years of trial and error.

Click on the techniques you’re struggling with to get tips you can apply to your tattooing right away.

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Kick start your new career as a tattoo artist and begin your tattooing education TODAY with with our Beginner’s Guide to Tattooing. 

Learn the Fundamental Techniques of Tattooing

How to Do a PERFECT Tattoo

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How to Saturate Solid Areas for Beginners

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How to Saturate Solid Areas for Beginners

Hand Speed and Machine Voltage Tutorial

November 1, 2022

How fast you move your hands while tattooing and how fast your ...

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How to Improve Linework for Beginners

October 19, 2022

Being able to create professional-level linework means having good saturation, perfect needle ...

How to Improve Linework for Beginners

How to Tattoo Color on Fake Skin

October 18, 2022

One of the biggest problems new artists face when they start tattooing ...

How to Tattoo Color on Fake Skin

How to Tattoo Without Linework

October 6, 2022

Linework is usually the first step in most tattoos. However, when you ...

How to Tattoo Without Linework

How to Tattoo Fine Lines

October 5, 2022

Fine line tattoos rely on very thin lighters and light shading for ...

How to Tattoo Fine Lines

How to Tattoo Script

September 21, 2022

Script is one of the most popular tattoo styles in the world. ...

How to Tattoo Script

How to Set Up Your Gray Wash

September 21, 2022

Putting ink in your ink caps is a pretty straightforward process. However, ...

How to Set Up Your Gray Wash

How to Tattoo Thick Lines

September 14, 2022

Thick lines help your tattoos stand out and “pop” off the skin. ...

How to Tattoo Thick Lines

How to Tattoo Fruit

September 12, 2022

Tattooing fruit is a cost-effective way to practice using a tattoo machine. ...

How to Tattoo Fruit

How to Tattoo Stippling Shading

August 24, 2022

Stippling is a style of shading that uses “dots” of ink in ...

How to Tattoo Stippling Shading

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AUTHOR
Nathan Molenaar

Nathan is a licensed professional tattoo artist with over 8 years’ experience working at studios across the globe, including Celebrity Ink, the world's largest tattoo studio chain.

When he's not tattooing, he spends his free time sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring artists who dream of pursuing a career in the tattooing industry.

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