How To Tattoo Yourself at Home?
It might be often that you have wanted to get yourself tattooed but shied away from doing so due to the exorbitant amounts charged by tattoo parlors and centers in your vicinity. This is your chance to know how to ink yourself easily at home, with household items, and in the safest way possible.
Safe Tattooing With a Needle
With the art of tattoo getting popular with each passing day, more and more people are unhesitatingly taking it up as a profession and tattooing themselves to give their fashionable side a boost. There are also a plethora of reasons that people get tattooed for, although it is better to venture towards the know-how of creating this type of body art.
The best and easiest way to get this type of body art is to enlist the services of a professional tattoo artist or a reputed parlor that does the job safely and to the satisfaction of its customers. But if you wish to do the job yourself, these are a few steps you should consider following to tattoo yourself safely and permanently.
Quote or Design?
Consider whether you wish to get a design or a quote for your tattoo. Remember that a tattoo is a forever thing and you have to carry it for the rest of your life. Naturally, you should pick the subject of your body art with careful consideration and realize it only after you are sure you would not regret it later.
Gather the items
Next, you have to acquire the things that are necessary for you to ink yourself with. Follow this list and gather all the stuff mentioned here before you set down for the all-important job. Most of these are household items that you may easily acquire.
· One, or two, new sewing needles (extremely narrow in size)
· A good anti-bacterial soap or hand-sanitizer
· A pencil
· A string of thread
· A tape
· A bottle of antiseptic lotion
· A bandage
· Acrylic paint or surgical ink (for more safety)
Sterilize the needle
Next, you have to sterilize the needle. Boil water in a bowl. Pass the thread through the needle and tie its ends to form a knot. Dip the needle into the boiling water in such a way that a sizeable part of the thread remains outside. Keep the needle inside for a good 10 minutes.
Clean the needle
Take the needle out and thread it with a pencil to bind them together. Make sure that the pointed end of the needle projects about 1 cm above the bottom (unsharpened) edge of the pencil. Wrap the needle and pencil with the duct tape strongly to keep them securely in place. Dip the tip of the needle into the sanitizing lotion.
Clean your hands
Clean your hands thoroughly, first with the soap and then with the sanitizer.
Choose the spot
Select a body region that has minimum veins that you may reach very easily. Wipe the area with the sanitizer. Rub a miniscule quantity of the lotion into this area.
Tattoo yourself – the actual process
Draw the design or etch the quote you want over the designated spot with the pen and surgical ink. Use the needle to poke the ink under the skin. Poke on the quote or design for several times with the needle. You must do this very gently so as not to stab and injure the spot. Once you have poked on the entire region, you will have completed the tattoo.
Clean the tattooed region
Let the ink dry for a minute or two. Wipe off the blood with a little cotton or clean strip of tissue paper. Use sanitizer once more to prevent risks of infection. Blow-dry the area and cover the spot with a small piece of bandage.
Once the tattoo heals, scabs are likely to develop over the inked spot. There can also be risks of infection if you pick the area or damage it, either deliberately or accidentally. Check out our instructions on aftercare for your tattoo.
The Craft of Tattooing by Erick Alayon.
Basic Fundamentals Of Modern Tattoo by C.R. Jordan.
Tattooing A to Z: A Guide to Successful Tattooing by Huck Spaulding.
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