Tattooing mainly involves injecting one or more pigments to the dermis and the layer of connective tissues just below the epidermis. Nowadays, the procedure in tattooing comprises the use of an electric tattooing machine. Aside from making the procedure simpler, the machine also increase the ease of tattooing. The machine has a group of needles soldered onto a bar. The bar has an oscillating unit attached.

The tattoo artist will confirm your tattoo placement on your skin. He or she will then put on gloves, pour inks from large jugs to small disposable cups known as ink caps. The tattoo artist will remove the sterilized needles from a sealed bag and prepare the materials for the procedure like ointments and Vaseline.  The area to be tattooed will be lightly covered with ointment which helps clean the skin. Just like dentist drills, the sounds of the tattoo machine is worst than its discomfort.

The artist then inserts the right needles in the machine. Depending on the detail and size of the design, the tattoo periodically stops the machine and the tattoo artist will clean the skin with a cotton swab to remove seeping blood. When the outline is completed, the artist will wipe any remaining bluish marks. After the outline, the tattoo artist will then add color and shading. Inking color may be uncomfortable but the sensation is different from that of black outlining.

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