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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.

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Tattoo Facts

4 Questions to Ask Your Tattoo Artist

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So, you’ve decided to get your first tattoo. And that means you’ve started asking Google the important questions, like “where is a tattoo artist near me?”

However, it’s important to ask the artist certain questions in order to make sure they are a good fit.

Keep reading to discover what those questions are!

“What’s Your Experience Like?”

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One of the best questions you can ask is what their experience is like. This is because this one question will actually get you several answers you need.

For instance, it’s natural to wonder if the tattoo artist is licensed and if they have many years of experience. However, some people think asking these questions outright may seem rude.

By asking about their experience, you’ll get many of the answers you need. And other questions about their licensing and safety procedures will come up organically while you have your conversation.

“Can I See Your Portfolio?”

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For a tattoo artist, their artistic skill is the main “draw” for new customers. This is why you should ask if you can flip through the artist’s portfolio.

There are actually several good reasons to do this. First, it lets you quietly verify the quality of the tattoo artist. On top of that, this gives you a chance to make sure the artist’s style matches what you are looking for.

Finally, flipping through the portfolio may be how you find inspiration for your next tattoo!

“What Are Your Policies?”

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When you searched for “tattoo artist near me,” you wanted more than just the closest tattoo artist. You wanted someone who could really bring your artistic vision to life.

This is why you need to ask about any specific policies the artist has. Do they offer any kind of guarantee on the quality of their work? Are they willing to do touch-ups on a tattoo if anything looks faded or unfinished?

You’re basically doing the tattoo version of checking the fine print. Best to do it now before you’re waiting for the ink to dry!

“Any Privacy Screens?”

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First tattoos are usually in modest places on your body. Arms, shoulders—that sort of thing.

However, you may eventually be tempted to get a tattoo on a more intimate part of your body. This is why it’s important to ask if the tattoo artist offers any kind of privacy screen.

Even if you fully trust the artist, you may not want your body on full display to all of the other customers. By checking on the availability of a privacy screen, you’ll be able to decide on whether to get more intimate tattoos.

Final Thoughts

Once you find that “tattoo artist near me,” you now know what questions to ask. But do you know where you can continue to get the latest news and trends about tattoos?

Stay tuned to Tattooing 101, where we bring you everything you’ve ever wanted to know (and more) about the art of tattooing!

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Tattoo Facts

Hurts So Good? The Strange World of Laser Tattoos

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When you think of lasers and tattoos, you probably think about tattoo removal. For most people, the lasers are a way to remove an old tattoo (which is a more expensive alternative to simply having the original tattoo altered).

However, a few brave souls have tried using a laser to give themselves a tattoo. So, is this a new trend that will be sweeping the world? Or just a terrible idea that no one should try?

Keep reading to discover the answer!

How Does It Work?

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Before we dive further into the guide, it’s important to understand how a laser tattoo actually works. It turns out that this process is really straightforward.

To start, a person would need access to a laser engraver. These are the same kinds of machines used to engrave logos on corporate products.

This means you can load tattoos of various sizes and complexity into the computer and then have the machine laser everything onto your flesh. There is no ink involved in this process: it’s all lasers, all the time.

Sound crazy? There are actually some interesting benefits to this approach.

What Are the Benefits?

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One of the big benefits to some people is this is a complete DIY project. Assuming that you have access to a laser cutter, then you don’t need to hire a tattoo artist: a computer upload and some lasers can help to etch almost any image on your body.

The process is also very quick. If you dread the idea of sitting for a long time and getting a tattoo, it’s easy to see why this would be so attractive.

Finally, there’s a certain novelty factor to the whole process. The best tattoos have great stories behind them, and this makes for a hell of a story!

What Are the Drawbacks?

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As you might imagine, there are some drawbacks to a laser tattoo. The first is the pain factor: while not everyone can handle tattoo needles, a laser is literally burning your flesh into patterns. This is more painful than the traditional approach, especially if you want solid images.

The smell is also pretty bad. Before the tattoo is complete, you will know what burning human flesh smells like. That alone can be a real deal breaker!

Depending on your skin and engraver settings, your flesh might end up peeling right off. This kind of defeats the purpose of getting a tattoo in the first place.

Finally—and maybe this goes without saying—this is very dangerous. Small mistakes in the settings of the laser cutter can lead to terrible pain and scars.

Laser Tattoo: Our Verdict

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So, what’s our verdict on the idea of a laser tattoo? It’s complicated.

On one hand, we love the intersection of technology and tattoos. Things like Soundwave tattoos and motion tattoos show how we are still learning to push boundaries when it comes to getting inked.

On the other hand, this is more like mutilation than a tattoo. You go through a lot of pain and danger to end up with a simple tattoo that has no real art or inspiration behind it.

Think of it this way: corporations use these engravers to mark their products. And the last thing you want to do is feel like another corporate cog!

Final Thoughts

Now you’ve learned a bit more about the weird world of laser tattoos. If you want to stay on top of the latest (and sometimes weirdest) tattoo news, be sure to bookmark Tattooing 101 today!

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Biomech Tattoo: Your Ink, Evolved

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Obi-Wan Kenobi famously described Darth Vader as being “more machine now than man.” It was meant, of course, to make Vader seem scary and inhuman. But audiences everywhere took one look at Vader and could tell how badass that machine man really was.

Of course, no one wants to get nearly killed on a lava planet to get that Vader aesthetic. But you can get the next best thing thanks to the biomech tattoo.

Wondering what these tattoos are and how you can unlock your inner robot? Keep reading to find out!

What Is a Biomech Tattoo?

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“Biomech” looks like a fancy word. In fact, it looks like the kind of term you’d forget right before the upcoming test in a Biology course.

However, “biomech” as a word is a combination of life (“bio”) and robotics (“mech”). Biomech tattoos are designed to make it look like you have your own mechanical parts emerging from your flesh and blood body.

While the idea is pretty basic, there is an infinite number of awesome biomech tattoo designs you can rock on your body.

Why Does a Biomech Tattoo Stand Out?

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You know how we roll here at Tattooing 101. We don’t want you to just get a cool tattoo: we want you to get the kind of design that leaves the whole room jealously asking who your tattoo artist is.

That brings us to the million-dollar question: what makes these biomech tattoos so special?

First, there’s the potential for depth. While nothing is wrong with getting a standard biomech tattoo, these designs make for some pretty eye-popping 3D designs.

Second, you can be as original as you want. These tattoos can echo your favorite pop culture bots (such as Terminators, Cylons, Borg, and Daleks) or come up with your own wicked design.

Finally, these tattoos are big and bold. They are easy to spot across a crowded room and guaranteed to start conversations with some pretty awesome people.

Colors: Some Like It Bot

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When you think “mechanical,” you’re probably thinking about dark colors such as black and gray. However, a biomech tattoo gives you an opportunity to have a ton of color in your design.

For example, these tats are meant to be a blend of flesh and blood as well as circuits and wires. Even if you stick with dark colors for the robotic parts, you can add color via art of your blood and organs.

And there’s always room for colorful bot designs as well. Many popular robot characters are very colorful, including Mega Man and R2D2. You can embrace your own colorful inner and outer bot, and these colors make for a dynamic contrast with your skin to help you stand out like never before.

Biomech Tattoos and Beyond

Now you know more about what the biomech tattooing is and what makes it so special. But do you know where you can find out about the next big thing in the world of tattoo art and technique?

At Tattooing 1010, we bring you the best tattoo news, art, and inspiration. To get a weekly dose of inky goodness, bookmark our site today!

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The Eyes Don’t Have It: Your Guide to Eye Tattooing

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One of the cool things about tattoos is that people are always wanting to take things to the next level. People like to push the envelope and see exactly what their bodies can take when it comes to getting inked.

Sometimes, though, we push the envelope a little too far. For instance, eyeball tattoos (also known as “sclera tattoos”) are back in the headlines. Is this a hot new tattoo trend that you’d be proud to show to the world? Or will you be too blind to see their reactions?

Keep reading to discover our guide to eyeball tattooing!

How Does It Work?

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Typical tattoos are simple enough: the ink goes under your skin and changes how everything looks. However, eyeball tattoos are a bit different.

Instead of your skin, these tattoos go directly into the whites of your eyes. The intended effect is very striking: people with these tattoos look completely unique!

These tattoos should not be confused with other forms of eyeball tattoos. For example, plenty of people get tattoos around their eyes. But these eyeball tattoos actually go into the eye instead of around it.

A Pretty Big Risk

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As you might imagine, plenty of people warn against eyeball tattooing. At first, it’s tempting to ignore these warnings: after all, haters have warned you against getting tattoos your whole life!

However, even health experts are speaking out against these sclera tattoos. It’s possible for the ink in your eye to cause symptoms such as blurred vision and pain. And that’s basically the least of what could go wrong!

Obviously, we love tattoos and tattoo artists. But getting an eyeball tattoo means letting a person with no medical background stick needles in your eye. If things go wrong, it may not end with poor vision and headaches: it’s entirely possible for you to lose your eye entirely!

Breaking the Law

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The risks of these sclera tattoos are so great that lawmakers are starting to take action. And the first places to do so are Canada and Washington State.

Canada has already banned these tattoos entirely on the basis of the risk they pose to the population. Now, Washington State has introduced a bill that would crack down on the practice. This bill, if passed, would allow customers to file complaints against tattoo artist if an eyeball tattoo goes wrong.

In the event of that happening, the state could investigate and even file charges against the tattoo artist. The message from Washington is clear: it’s not worth the time or money for tattoo artists to offer these tattoos!

Our Verdict

Like we said before, we are all for tattoos that push the envelope. It warms our heart, for instance, when people turn a humble arm tattoo into one part of a massive sleeve.

But this procedure is genuinely dangerous. You risk serious pain and inconvenience even if everything goes well. And if things go poorly, you could go blind!

Fortunately, we’re here to keep you safe when you’re getting inked. Wondering how else you can stay safe while getting awesome tats? Come back here every week and check out what Tattooing 101 has to offer!

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The Ultimate Guide to 3D Tattoos

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If you ask someone why they wanted to get tattoos, you’ll usually hear the same answer: “I wanted to stand out.” But what if you could do that with a tattoo that stands out more than any other?

More and more ink fans are choosing to get 3D tattoos. They look cool as hell, but many people who are on the fence about these tats wonder what they are and just how they work.

Want some eye-popping info on some eye-popping tattoos? Keep reading to discover our ultimate guide to 3D tattoos!

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Is It Really 3D?

The first question most people have: is it really 3D? The short answer to this is “no.” At the end of the day, this is still a two-dimensional piece of art that you get on your body.

The 3D part basically works as a kind of optical illusion. If you’ve ever seen still internet images seemingly pop out of the screen, it’s the same basic principle.

How Do They Actually Work?

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So, you know that 3D tattoos are an optical illusion. That leaves a bigger question, then: just how does the illusion work?

It all comes down to the lighting and shading on the image. These techniques can make parts of a tattoo appear closer and parts of it to appear further away. Put these techniques together and you get tattoos that practically jump off your skin.

Trust us: as cool as these things look online, they are even cooler in person!

Do All Designs Work?

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Now you know more about how 3D tattoos are put together. However, it’s worth exploring what best practices are when it comes to design. Are all designs going to work well with 3D tattoos?

The answer to this question is “yes and no.” In the hands of a skilled tattoo artist, almost any image can be given an awesome three-dimensional treatment. However, some kinds of art naturally work better for 3D than others.

For instance, some people like to get 3D geometry tattoos. The combination of these shapes, shading, and lighting can create a tattoo that is absolutely hypnotic to anyone looking at it!

Endless Possibilities

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While they’ve been growing in popularity recently, 3D tattoos have been around for a while. And one of our favorite things about these tats is that the design possibilities are pretty much endless.

Do you like skull tattoos, for example? With a 3D tattoo, you can make it look like bone is protruding directly from your arms! Are you a fan of superheroes? A good 3D tattoo can make it look like you’ve got the uniform of your favorite character hidden beneath your chest.

If you’re in the “go big or go home” camp of tattoos, then it doesn’t get much bigger and louder than 3D.

3D Tattoos: Final Thoughts

Now you’ve learned a bit more about how 3D tattoos can bring your skin to life. But do you know where you’ll learn about the next big thing in the world of ink?

Here at Tattooing 101, we bring you all the news that’s fit to print, etch, or ink. Be sure to bookmark this site so you can get more hot info each week!

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Trash Polka Tattoos: The Eagle Has Landed

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Major league tattoo fans are always on the lookout for the next big tattoo trend. However, tattoos are like any other cultural phenomena: the latest hotness is usually a blast from the past.

In this case, we’re shining a light on the Trash Polka tattoos that are making a huge comeback. In order to fully understand this tattoo style, we need to take a blast to the past.

Where Did It Come From?

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With many tattoo styles, we don’t know exactly where they came from. With Trash Polka, we don’t just know where–we know who.

Back in 1998, two German artists (Volker Merschky and Simone Pfaff) coined the term “Trash Polka.” Obviously, the name “polka” evokes a sense of music. And that’s exactly how these two artists saw this new form of art.

That’s because Trash Polka is not a single style. Instead, it is a blend of many styles, including photorealism as well as special graphical and lettering styles. The idea is that this would all blend together like a special musical composition.

Of course, the name also has a sense of whimsy to it as well. By evoking both musical composition and artistic “trash,” the two artists reject the idea of high culture and low culture. Instead, everything in this kind of art has achieved a special balance.

Why Is Trash Polka Great for Tattoos?

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There are plenty of unique art styles out there, but not all of them make for great ink. This obviously begs the question: what makes Trash Polka tattoos so cool?

First, there is the symbolism of balance. Many tattoo fans see their ink as an expression of their real identity that is hidden under the surface. By blending these different styles together, Trash Polka lets you wear your complex identity out in the open.

Second, these tattoos look very cool on a visual level. Many of them look like a cross between an old 90’s heavy metal album cover and the unnerving visuals of a David Lynch movie.

Third, these tattoos are relatively unique. Even in a room full of tattoos, you’re likely to be sporting the only Trash Polka tat.

A Very Specific Look

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These tattoos aren’t for everyone. To start with, traditional Trash Polka tattoos are only in red and black.  And if you’re going the really traditional route, you need to have a seriously open mind to enjoy this ink.

For example, the creators of this style don’t draw customer designs. Instead, they take customer ideas and use computer-generated art to churn out several possible tattoo styles.

Obviously, the customer must have a lot of faith to trust in their artist. But in the end, the customer walks away with one of the most unique tattoos in the world!

The Bottom Line

Trash Polka makes for great nature tattoos, and one of our favorites is the Trash Polka Eagle. Nothing like showing off the animal hidden inside you!

And every good animal needs some inspiration every now and then. To learn more about the hottest tattoo styles around, be sure to visit Tattooing 101 each week!

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Everything You Never Knew About Synthetic Skin for Tattoos

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Here at Tattooing 101, we hate to see people faking it. We just make one exception: fake skin!

New tattoo artists and veterans alike sometimes practice their craft on synthetic skin. However, many people don’t know what this skin is or how it works.

Want to learn more about how faking it can help tattoo artists keep things real? Keep reading to discover the secrets!

What Is Synthetic Skin?

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“Synthetic skin” is exactly what it sounds like: fake skin that tattoo artists can practice on.

It can technically be made from a variety of materials, but a popular choice is silicone. For many artists, this has replaced the older technique of practicing their skills on things like pigskin.

The next question, then: just where can you get the stuff?

How Can I Get It?

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Strictly speaking, you can make your own synthetic skin. It is typically made from silicone and special molds, so someone with enough “arts and crafts” style talent could probably make some passable fake skin.

The more popular option, though, is to simply buy it. While multiple companies offer this product, the company that has made the most waves is definitely A Pound of Flesh.

Ultimately, the proof is in the synthetic pudding: a quick internet search will show you the countless tattoo artists that have enjoyed trying this product and taking their artistic skills to the next level!

What Are the Benefits?

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There are a number of benefits for tattoo artists using synthetic skin for tattoos. First, it is a much better alternative than pig skin (which can be leathery and hard to work with, or worse – carry salmonella and other diseases) or grape skin (which Is far too sensitive for any kind of serious work).

Second, professional companies like A Pound of Flesh have synthetic skin hands, feet, arms, and so on. This offers a much more practical experience for tattoo artists looking for practice.

Finally, those synthetic arms and hands make it an ideal way to show off your work. For those who want to transition from practice to marketing their craft, this is a great solution.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

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With all the benefits of synthetic skin, there are still some drawbacks. The obvious one is the price: while A Pound of Flesh makes great products, they aren’t cheap: as of this writing, a practice hand costs between $50-$60. That cost adds up if you are doing a lot of practice.

And synthetic skin is never going to be a replacement for the real thing Some tattoo artists have struggled to transfer things like stencils over to the fake skin. That may ultimately take away from its value as a “one size fits all: practice solution.

Synthetic Skin: Our Verdict

With all these pros and cons, one question is left: what’s the verdict?

In our opinion, synthetic skin is pretty great. It’s the best option artists have ever had to practice their tattoos, and the practice pieces look pretty badass around the tattoo shop.

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