Tattoo Machines: Old School Methods - Page 3

With modern automation, today's tattoo machine is simply a fancier version of these tried-and-true methods. Often called a tattoo machine, this tool features a needle or needle grouping attached to an armature bar. The bar is moved up and down by electromagnetic coils at a rate of up to 3,000 times per minute.

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One of the most common tattooing methods is called hand-poking, or gently pushing the needle with ink into the skin. Compared to the ‘pricking out’ technique, which involves pushing the needle into the skin and then flicking it out, hand-poking is slower, but less painful.

Tattoo Machines: Old School Methods

With today's fancy technologies, tattoo artists have wonderful tools at their disposal. The tattoo machine, however, has not been around for millennia. How then did the ancient tattoo artists draw intricate, permanent designs on the skin? Most ancient cultures used tools like rose thorns, sharks' teeth and pelican bones to push pigments into the skin.

 

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Sailboat half sleeve watercolor tecnique

Requested by Sotiris Tsioutsias Apr 20, 2015 at 12:09pm | Athens, Attiki (~5,141M)

I'd like a 15th century sailboat in watercolor tecnique. Half sleeve. I've uploaded 2 pictures the first one I like more. Thank you.

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Girl Tattoos: Expressively Feminine

With tattoos becoming more popular, more women who might not have considered them in the past, are now getting them done. Girls with tattoos these days are not just the rebels or the rockstars. They are young professionals, teachers, lawyers, mothers, even grandmothers! Gone are the days where seeing a tattooed lady meant you were at a carnival or circus.

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Serpent and Six headed snake wrapping around sword

Requested by ThatGuyy Apr 15, 2015 at 5:42pm | Accra, Greater Accra (~5,298M)

I'd like a sword pointing down with a menacing - looking serpent and a six headed snake wrapping around it. I would like for the serpents head to rest just below the handle but in line with the sword, with it looking at the viewer with its tongue sticking out. The six heads of the snake should be higher than the serpents, with the heads spread out with different expressions (Baring fangs, tongue out, dripping venom, etc). No specific design for the sword.

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Tattoo Cover-Ups

Everyone makes mistakes. You lock your keys in your car minutes before you need to be somewhere important. You forget to pay a bill. Maybe you hit ‘Forward All’ on that e-mail meant only for your friend. These things can be reconciled easily, but a tattoo mistake is a bit more difficult to correct. Luckily, quite a few tattoo artists...

 

Couples Tattoos

Couples Tattoos: Make It or Break It?

Couples want to do things together; they want to feel close to each other, connected and bonded. One way of doing this is for them to get couples tattoos. Couples tattoos can take many forms. Perhaps couples with tattoos have some symbol that is special to them, or a place name or event that marked a special moment in their relationship

 

White Ink Tattoos

The Lighter Side: The Rising Popularity of White Ink Tattoos

An emerging trend in the tattoo world is white ink tattoos. More subtle than a regular tattoo, a white ink tattoo might suit someone who does not want to aggravate a loved one or family member or who perhaps works in a profession where tattoos are generally frowned upon. The downside of getting a white tattoo done is that even the most experienced tattoo artists

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