Tattoo Stencil Application

Tattoo Stencil Application

2018-04-08 Tattoo Training 0


Once we have made our stencil, we need to successfully apply the stencil.

Application of the stencil is of the critical, it is the foundation on which you will build. Only apply the stencil to the skin when your customer is in a normal and natural position, usually standing straight with arms down by the sides is best in most cases.

After selecting the correct tattoo position, you can ask your customer to stand, apply the stencil and then remeasure the tattooing position. Stencils applied to the arms while sitting can occasionally result in a tattoo that appears off-centre or askew when standing, the same applies to other places and parts of the body. Always double check.

For example, in the case where a stencil is applied to the stomach area with the customer  laying flat and their skin stretched, ready to be tattooed. When the customer stands, that perfect circle may resemble more of an egg or worse!.

Before applying the stencil, the skin must be cleaned and prepared.

Put on your gloves, take your green medical soap. Using a disposable razor, carefully and gently shave the skin to remove any hairs and dispose of the razor in your clinical waste bag. Even if the skin appears hairless, always shave as there will undoubtedly be a covering of the fine downy hair that is also worth removing, allowing you to keep the area clean. Shaving the area makes the process more comfortable for your customer as well as providing you with a better, cleaner and clearer skin surface to apply your stencil too and tattoo .

Once shaved, give the skin a quick wipe over. Take your stencil solution whether your own or a branded version. Apply a small tip to the top of your glove. Evenly apply a small amount over the area you are going to apply the stencil. Make sure you cover all the area the stencil will touch so as to avoid having missing stencil parts on the skin later.

Too stencil solution will cause it to smudge, not enough and the imagine will be weak and in danger of disappearing altogether before the outline can be completed. Should the stencilled image be less than perfect, clean the skin with alcohol swaps and have another go. If you are using a modern stencil solution, try to be quick at removing your mistakes and keep your customer as comfortable as possible.

if you have to remove your stencil from the customer skin, ensure your paper stencil is not to smudged too much through its first use and it should be able to be used a number of times to give you a perfect transfer of your stencilled design.

Several different solutions are  used by tattooists as “stencil application fluid” including fairy liquid, neat dettol, roll on deodorant and purpose made solutions available from suppliers to the trade such as Stencil Stuff or similar.

Once you have a good image transferred onto the skin, you must allow the stencil to dry briefly. You can use this time to prepare for the next stage of the Tattoo and double check your tattoo placement and that the customer is happy to continue.



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.