betta-fish said: I am an artist/aspiring stick'n'poke tattoo artist, your work inspires me an incredibly large amount. I was wondering what advice you would give- how to practice, the basics, what supplies to use, etc. I know there are a plethora of resources on the Internet and such but I'm not sure what to trust.
practice on yourself or orange skins or willing friends. make sure everything you use is single use cept the ink & vaseline containers ie. strap the needle onto plastic straws so you can throw the straws away afterwards, if you use and re-use pencils it’s less sanitary obviously. apply this logic to the whole practice and it will be a healthy one. don’t touch those two things, the ink and the vaseline i mean, after you have begun a session until you have gotten rid of everything that has DNA on it & you have thouroughly dis-infected you hands. cover everything in dis-infectant. if you are using a surface spary it down with dis-infectant, let it dry, don’t wipe it, cover it in plastic wrap a few times over. have a spray bottle full of dis-infectant/water waiting. 1 quarter of the bottle should be full of dis-infectant, the rest can be water. wrap this spray bottle in plastic wrap before you begin piercing the skin. every care should be taken to make sure you never touch the bottle with somebodie’s blood on your hands. you should create a space (buy a cabinet or shelf, something you can close is better) that you don’t reserve for anything else, make sure you don’t set it directly on the floor and do everything you can to stop friends putting things on it/playing with it etc. only put your tattoo things in there. it should be a space ONLY for clean tattoo equipment.
always use gloves, endevour as much as you can to keep peoples blood of you skin and under your finger nails, this means only touching the scarred area with gloves on.
buy single use sterilized tattoo needles from online, if when you recieve them the packaging is compromised, order some new ones, don’t use those. also buy certified tattoo ink, tattoo standard ink wells to hold the ink while you tattoo & tranfser paper for designs, readily available online as well. just google this shit, reads heaps of different sources, compare and decide what feels right for you.
i’m no more reliable than any other source you’ll come across, ive gotten to this point from years of comparing my practices with fellow tattooists & reading as many different sources as possible. that’s the best advice i can offer you, read up, stay read up, follow other stick n poke tattoo blogs, learn about general hygiene practices. if you know nurses ask them how the dis-infect/treat ther equipment before giving someone a drip (IV) apply that knowledge to your practice. use common sense, regard everything that has not been dis-infected or has another’s DNA On it as untouchable during the process etc.
with all do respect to you and everyone else who write me, please just read through my tattoo section. ive answered alot of questions there already and while i want to help any blooming tattooists, i get sick of fielding the same questions.