First human victim other than myself. #Tattoo.

You may recall that I purchased a tattoo machine awhile back.

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And I SLOWLY got to know it

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And that I took the process seriously

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And I hardly dared plug it in

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And I tested it out

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And I doodled all over myself with surgical marker

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And finally did one on my left thigh:

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And got my second professional tattoo by English Dan to learn by watching:

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Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Then did another one on myself, this time the right thigh:

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And yesterday, finally on someone else.  Thank you Carolyn for being so brave!  She wanted it big, so I drew it on freehand and made it SIZE LARGE.  It’s crude and amateur, but I loved doing it and so honored that Carolyn insisted!

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Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

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#Tattooing journey- step 4: Testing on skin! On myself! #outline

Recall my posts:

Watercolor tattoos 1

Watercolor tattoos 2

The purchase of a tattoo machine

Getting to know the machine

Tattooing- taking it seriously

Tattooing Step 1: plug it in

Tattooing Step 2: testing it out

Tattooing Step 3: testing skin markers

Initial outline. Shitty, shaky, not deep enough but fun!  Will fill it in once this stage has healed. Fitting that the first tattoo I did on myself, is a freehand sketch of Lynda Barry.

Checking in one hour later:

Checking in 12 hours later:

It has the pencil sketch look I wanted. Let’s see how it heals!

Note:

I am not interested in doing old school tattooing and classical tattooing.  I will leave that to the extraordinary tattoo artists out there!  It takes years of dedication and apprenticeship.

I am really into tattooing my own style though and preferably free hand.

So if you’re in the line to get a tattoo from me, please expect it to be in “my style!”  And I won’t be doing any on you until I have four COMPLETED, well-executed and well-healed tattoos on myself!


#Tattooing journey- step 3: Testing a skin marker!

Recall my posts:

Watercolor tattoos 1

Watercolor tattoos 2

The purchase of a tattoo machine

Getting to know the machine

Tattooing- taking it seriously

Tattooing Step 1: plug it in

Tattooing Step 2: testing it out

I am not interested in doing old school tattooing and classical tattooing.  I will leave that to the extraordinary tattoo artists out there!  It takes years of dedication and apprenticeship.

I am really into tattooing my own style though and preferably free hand.

So if you’re in the line to get a tattoo from me, please expect it to be in “my style!”

I ordered delicious SKIN MARKERS the other day from:

The Mini XL skin marking ink lasts 10 times longer than traditional skin markers even after pre-operative scrubbing with common alcohol-based antiseptics such as ChloraPrep® or DuraPrep™.  The Mini XL, successful in millions of clinical trials, features patent-pending ink that remains visible after prepping patients, allowing clinicians to better see the surgical site as recommended by the Joint Commission Protocol for Correct Site Marking. Additionally, it will virtually eliminate the need for remarking of the patient once they’re in the operating room for plastic surgery procedures. [source]

They are so fun and I tested them out last night to see how they work on skin.  It’s a great way to do a free hand tattoo right on the skin.  The markings bleed but- me being me- I kind of love it.  I also like that the marks are really resistant, so you can relax knowing you won’t wipe away your guidelines.
Scrubbed with soap and water after 30 minutes and I'm impressed that it lasts as well as it does!
15 hours later after shower and a day at work.

Tattooing- step 2: testing it out!

Recall my posts: the purchase of a tattoo machinegetting to know the machinetattooing- taking it seriously, and Tattooing Step 1: plug it in.

Since I got my machine, my schedule has not allowed me the time to play with my machine.  Too many other things on the go.  But I now have a wonderful student, Simon, who is teaching ME the ropes during our art therapy!

He is a great teacher, and he also gave great advice on how to let go of perfectionism.  He helped me get over the fear.

Also, having the space to experiment is key, so bringing the machine to my art therapy room was a good step.

Simon

Portrait of Lynda Barry on banana

Simon's dog, Peanut.

Simon recommends:

 

Tattooing- step 1: plug it in and embrace beginner-hood.

Recall the purchase of a tattoo machinegetting to know the machine and tattooing- taking it seriously.

My schedule has been so full of late that I haven’t had a chance to start up my machine until today.  I am a beginner of the most beginner kind but we all have to start somewhere!

I have dedicated one machine to simply testing and fooling around.  The practice skin felt unwelcoming.  I am fantasizing about getting a pig and slapping it onto my table.

  

Tattooing- taking it seriously. #sanitation #disposables #bloodbornediseases

Recall the purchase of a tattoo machine and getting to know the machine.

Now it’s about getting my chops back up on sanitation etc.

It’s all about learning about autoclaves and disposable parts etc.

It is possible to do a 100% disposable tattoo.  You can use single use needles and bars.  Throw away the grommet that is attached to the bar.  Use single use pigments or “shots”… The tubes and the tips… are also available in plastic disposable flavors.  The caps that the ink goes in on the work station are also disposable. – Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo

Once I’ve successfully done 4 tattoos on myself- that have healed well and up to standard, I’ll move on to my lineup of people waiting for a tattoo!

Recalling my sock monkey tattoo.  Digging through my files, I found the original sketch I made: