1. Katiekambria

    New aspiring tattooist here 🖤

    Hiiii fellow artists. Newbie here. I’m Katie. 26. I’ve been an artist my entire life and have been stuck in the restaurant industry most of my years. Quarantine has ignited my fire of going after the career I’ve always dreamed of. I’m here to absorb as much knowledge about the craft as I can...
  2. D

    New and looking for suggestions and guidance

    Hi everyone! I am just starting out and I’m looking for general advice, guidance and suggestions. What is your favorite ink, where is the best place to get supplies (websites and do they have recurring subscriptions), what is something you wish you knew starting out, etc. Anything and everything...
  3. Funky3s

    Is it possible to get vibrant blacks in fakeskin

    So I have no tattoo experience and am going through the learning process. I purchased a 30 dollar solong tattoo kit with one basic coil machine, needles, and ink and I understand the quality of products will affect outcome. my question is around color packing. Granted I’m only using a 3rl and...
  4. Gina

    Opinions on Dragonhawk Machines for beginners?

    Just bought a Dragonhawk rotary tattoo kit off Amazon. Never picked up a gun in my life but excited to explore this new medium. Wondering what the professional's opinions are?
  5. elisha.sapphire


    PLEASE NO JUDGEMENT, I LITERALLY KNOW NOTHING! HENCE WHY I'M HERE:giggle: Hey everybody, (This is my first post so I hope this gets somewhere) A BIT OF BACKGROUND: At the moment I have a mentor, someone who will teach me the techniques and trade etc, however this is usually done in the evenings...
  6. Z

    EGO Switch / Rotary machine

    Hello from Sweden! New to the forum and also kinda new to tattooing. A lot of good threads and advice so I figured why not sign up. I’ve been tattooing for about six months on fake skins, fruits and myself. I’ve been using coils, first two cheap ones but then upgraded to an Emillion liner. But...
  7. KerryBerryart

    P Kerry's Progress and Work.

    Hey all, I've been here a few weeks, reading and absorbing. You seem like a great community and I'm loving being here already. I've been tattooing only a short while since last August, self taught part time, with some external professional comments and wisdom from the friendships with tattoo...
  8. KerryBerryart

    Beginner from Ireland!

    Hey everyone, Learner here from Ireland, delighted to get stuck in further and better myself. Just wanted to introduce myself and say thanks for having this place! Looking forward to contributing and being part of this community. Have an awesome day. <3
  9. MadameA23

    Hi there from UK

    Hi everyone, thought id introduce myself. Im Anna, 25 from uk. I have joined this site to check in with other tattooing folk. After training in tattooing and have done a few pieces on people to start off, I realised I need to talk with other practitioners to perhaps pick up tips and learn some...
  10. anelise.cas

    Recommendations for New Tattooers/Tattoos Kits

    Hi- I'm super new! :-) Trying to learn to tattoo on my own since I have no one to teach me, and I'm feeling overwhelmed with all of the information online, hence why I wanted someone IRL to teach me. LUCKILY though, I found this forum which I've been reading for a few days now. I was wondering...
  11. E

    Whatsup from Tacoma, Wa!

    Hey there! My name is Erin and I'm here in Washington. I've been fine tuning my skills for about 2 years now on and off. Doing ok with my line work so far and have done a few solid pieces on people, I'm just fairly recently starting to experiment with colors and shading and trying more...
  12. Grimmlockjr

    P My first on skin

    My first tattoo on skin. On my friends calf, used 5rl and 9rs, Electrick Inks. I need to redo the red.
  13. Daisy

    P beginner shading set up - advice

    Have been googling (as always!) - but just incase any one has any good links or have a supplier they use. I am hoping my wee cheapie shader will be here by the end of the week - but I am not sure what to get to start shading (well - try this out!) - will be on stencil work & lining & drawing...
  14. Daisy

    P reelskin + vaseline = big smeary mess!

    Hello So I got some reelskin through (still not managed to get to butchers to see about pigskin) - done a few practice stencils just to get my head round the process. I then got my stencil on - waited around 30 mins for it to dry/ smeared with vaseline then using a 5rl / kuro sumi lining ink -...
  15. Daisy

    P Beginners rotary shader?

    Hello I am looking to buy a wee cheapie rotary again just so I can get my head round this and try it out - my wee cheapie liner is okish (and will do me until my course in March when I can hopefully speak to folk and look at different machines) - lots of the wee cheapie rotary lines also say...
  16. Daisy

    P Lining techniques

    If I am looking to do a line with various weights - would I use different needles or would I do a pass with a needle & then build the line up? so get the strencil on, do the finer lines, outline the thicker lines and then If I am looking to do fatter line - would you line and then colour in -...
  17. Daisy

    P Couple of stupid questions... (you have been warned)

    google & you tube are wonderful things! but nothing like real actual folk! so here goes... 1. Is it ok to just stick to the same needle size when starting out? I like a 5rl best so far (not sure if I am just scared of a bigger needle!). 2. My cheap as chips rotary gives a smoother line at a...
  18. Flemingtm94

    Rough Shading Through Skin! Plz Help

    I had a client that got a tattoo above his knee going towards the upper thigh. The lining went well, but when I began to shade around his knee area there was resistance. I used a 7 Mag Shader needle, but it was almost like I couldn't drag the needle through the skin. I had to end up making this...
  19. I

    Hello, From Uk

    Hey all! I'm Zoe from the UK and I'm FINALLY going to practice tattooing. It's been an ambition of mine since school and I only stopped because I didn't get through college, but why stop ey?! So, anyway, 4/5 years later I'm finally starting this! I have various tattoos and a lover of them! Will...