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 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

How to Tattoo a Rose for Beginners

August 17, 2022

Roses are one of the most popular tattoo designs. If you’re new ...

How to Tattoo a Rose for Beginners

Tattoo Shading for Beginners Tutorial

August 16, 2022

Shading is one of the fundamental skills of tattooing. However, a lot ...

Tattoo Shading for Beginners Tutorial

10 Tips for Tattooing Fake Skin

August 16, 2022

Tattooing fake skin is the best way for new artists to master ...

10 Tips for Tattooing Fake Skin

Tattoo Shading Techniques

July 15, 2022

Shading is what creates contrast in a tattoo and makes it “pop” ...

Tattoo Shading Techniques

How to Pack Color Into a Tattoo

July 8, 2022

Being able to correctly pack color is what brings a color tattoo ...

How to Pack Color Into a Tattoo

Learn How to Tattoo: Live Tattoo Demonstration

June 27, 2022

One of the best ways for new tattoo artists to learn is ...

Learn How to Tattoo: Live Tattoo Demonstration

How Deep Does Tattoo Ink Go? Needle Depth, Explained.

March 9, 2022

As a tattoo artist, knowing how far into the skin tattoo ink ...

How Deep Does Tattoo Ink Go? Needle Depth, Explained.

Tattoo Lining Techniques Video

March 2, 2022

Linework is the first skill you’ll learn as a new tattoo artist. ...

Tattoo Lining Techniques Video

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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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