How To Apply a Tattoo Transfer

Body art or tattoos have become a lifestyle for many in expressing who they are or what they feel through their bodies. What many do not know is that most tattoo artists don’t design the tattoo freehand directly on your skin. To ensure that the artist gets the design right, they transfer a stencil of the design onto your skin and trace it out. Whether you want a temporary or a permanent tattoo, the process of transferring the design to your skin for tracing is very simple.

  1. Once you have chosen a tattoo art to be engraved on your body, the artist will create the drawing or stencil on paper. When he finishes the design and upon your approval, he will run the through a thermographic transfer maker. Copying it with a fax machine using thermal paper can be another option. This will produce a carbon copy of the design.
  2. Upon final approval of the stencil, the artist will need to shave the specific body part you want to have tattooed. Washing and disinfecting the area is done after shaving. As soon as everything is in order, the artist will rub an unscented roll on deodorant onto the skin. This is required for the stencil to stick onto the skin.
  3. With the deodorant adequately applied, the artist will place and press the transfer paper onto your skin. The paper must be stable and pressed firmly onto the skin. Rubbing the paper a few times will ensure that the stencil will transfer to the skin.
  4. After a few minutes, the artist will peel off the paper to reveal the stencil transferred to the skin. The stencil will appear as ink with a blue and purple shade. If you are not happy with the transfer, the artist will rub alcohol to remove the stencil. Once removed, applying another coat of deodorant onto the skin is required to try transferring the stencil again.
  5. When you finally approve of the transferred stencil, the artist will start the process of tattooing the design onto your skin. He will trace the design and add the necessary colored ink based on the original design you chose.

Tips and Warning

  • A permanent tattoo is painful and will last a lifetime. Since it is permanent, make sure you are ready to have art on your body for the rest of your life.
  • A Henna tattoo uses the same process of transferring the stencil. A Henna tattoo is a temporary body paint that is painless.
  • When getting a permanent tattoo, make sure that all the equipment the artist uses are properly sanitized and disinfected to avoid infection and transfer of diseases. A hygienic tattoo artist will always wear latex gloves when working on a tattoo. This will give you sign that the artist is concerned with health and infection.

The process of getting a design onto your skin for a tattoo is simple. Transferring a stencil to your skin is the surefire way for a tattoo artist to get the design right. If you are getting a permanent tattoo, you will want to make sure the artist does get it right. No one really wants to have an eagle tattoo looking like a sparrow.


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