Getting Tattooed: What to Expect

Before you head off to the tattoo studio you may be wondering what to expect out of the experience. There are typically five steps to the tattooing procedure:

1. Stencil Application. After your tattooist has put on rubber gloves and professionally prepared the skin to be tattooed (generally by cleaning and shaving), they’ll apply your design stencil. Before this happens be sure to take a few moments to look over the design one last time, making sure that it’s exactly what you want and checking things such as the spelling of certain words etc. The stencil will generally be made using a thermofax machine and carbon copy…

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