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. 

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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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