lining techniques

  1. P

    Techniques for How to tattoo a very long straight line(s) where more ink is needed than one ink well worth.

    Do you just taper out and then taper back in? Or is there any other suggestions? Especially with thick bold lines with large needle group cartridges.
  2. B

    Help me troubleshoot what is going on with my lines. I am going crazy trying to figure it out!

    So I am an apprentice at a local studio, my mentor recently let me start tattooing customers. But I still have problems with lining. I keep asking him what I am doing wrong but I am not getting an answer just ”you’ll figure it out in time”. What is getting frustrating is i feel like i have tried...
  3. Kellalizard

    Having to go back over lines - How to get single pass black lines?

    Hi, I've been tattooing for a fair few months now and I'm now onto people. I'm quite comfortable shading and packing colour/black and grey but I'm finding lining very difficult. I would consider myself a realism artist but I want to incorporate linework into my designs to help them hold up and...
  4. N

    Why does this happen?

    Hi all. Struggling to figure out why some lines are healing like this. Some lines look as though the ink in the middle of them has fallen out ? They look solid during the tattoo then heal like this. They're not raised up at all but do look scarred. It's only a few of my tattoos that've done...
  5. S

    Getting dotty lines when lining tattoos

    Hi looking for advice. I'm using 5rl and 3rl needles and getting nice clean lines sometimes and then these faded spotty lines others. I'm thinking I must be going too fast so it's the needle points I can see but even going over the line isn't helping. Too much Vaseline maybe?
  6. C

    Is this a normal amount of ink spray

    Is this amount of spray Normal? Or am I doing something wrong?
  7. C

    Why are my lines so shaky?

    Hello I just bought a rotary machine off amazon and I’m practicing on fake skin and my lines are super shaky. I’m not sure if I set up the machine correctly. I have never used a machine before so I don’t know what it’s supposed to feel like but it really vibrates my hand so it almost tickles. My...
  8. Echoenchontus

    Lining, also shading sometimes. Not sure what I’m doing wrong.

    I’ve been licensed for about 3 years now and we have quite a busy shop so I’ve done tons of tattoos! Most of which I think turn out fine. Lately I just been feeling kind of down about myself, especially in the last week 3 people have come in asking for touch ups. Like parts of the lining faded...
  9. Daisy

    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 -...