”Tattooing is about personalizing the body, making it a true home and fit temple for the spirit that dwells inside’

MICHELLE DELIO


Over the last decades, tattoos have reached a new level of popularity, mainly because of the many celebrities who are proudly presenting their skin art of thousand of dollars worth. Whether you are going for a bold and colorful, old school design or black, delicate, fine lines, under the needle of a professional tattoo artist, any idea can turn into masterpieces on the skin.

Skill is involved in what tools are used, how the ink is placed, and how the design is drawn. The experience, the reputation of the artist, and the methods used are usually the ones that can substantially affect the price for a session.

At its simplest, a tattoo is just the insertion of small amounts of pigments (inks) in the first skin layers, using a tool with one or more needles. Traditionally, there can be used up to 30 needles at once for tattoo designs that do not require extreme precision. When the ink is placed correctly by a constant up and down movement with a machine with coil technology, the skin regeneration will not affect immediately the pigments, otherwise they will fade faster with time.

Understanding the steps towards an artistic tattoo can help put your mind at ease if you are ever considering taking your future tattoo to the next level.


1. choosing the right, experienced artist

” it’s extremely important to do a research to find not only the best prices per session, but also the tattoo artist whose portofolio matches your style.”

Gabriel CP from Xperience tattoo Iasi

As you may probably know, there are many tattooing styles and tattoo artists usually have an inclination towards certain styles than others. It is very rare that one is able to perform them all at the same quality, but it is not unheard of. If you communicate your expectations and wishes to the artists, they’ll be able to tell you what they can do and what the result will look like on paper. This way there will be fewer chances of being disappointed by the tattoo and you won’t have to ever consider tattoo removal in the future.

An ideal tattoo artist will spend up to an hour with you for designing your unique masterpiece on paper, drawing several ideas, and combining your demands with his style. Most tattoo salons have pre-drawn pictures or portfolios from which you can choose, if you don’t mind having a design that you’ll also see on other people.

Bear in mind that not all tattoo artists will be interested in or able to do an original design. Of the many who can, not all will share your vision or have a style you like, so research is very important.

2. Tattoo styles to consider

When searching for inspiration online, it is essential to know the main tattoo styles and what makes each one of them special.

  • OLD SCHOOL

The traditional tattoo is still a popular tattoo style, also known as Old school style. It is characterized by large, vintage, bold black contours, iconic images, and a limited color palette.



  • REALISM

Realism is one of the most challenging art forms in the field of tattooing. The tattoo artist must have exceptional patience, a good sense of perspective when we talk about proportions, light, shadows but also knowledge of anatomy. You can recognize this style of tattoo by realistic reproductions of portraits of people, animals, or landscapes.


  • BLACKWORK

A blackwork tattoo is a bold work of body art rendered in solid planes of black ink. Usually, these tattoos are composed of abstract patterns and geometric shapes, though some feature figurative forms and recognizable scenes and subjects.


  • TRIBAL

Tribal tattoos’ meaning will change from culture to culture, and between designs, being the oldest form of tattoo art. Many tell the story of the wearer or are the symbol of protection, power, and strength.



3. Think About Placement

Take into consideration that some designs fit better in certain places. For example, a larger tattoo with intricate details will require more space than is allowed on your wrist or along your ankle because it will look better over the years and the fading process. Some areas of the body are more likely to stretch over time or while losing or gaining weight.

4. Check Out the Studio

Before you allow anyone to touch your skin with a needle, make sure you’re in a safe, clean place. The salon should be equipped with sterilization equipment. The artist should use new needles, gloves, disinfectants, and fresh inks. Take into account that both the needles and ink might change during the tattoo session, so keep an eye on the sterility of the process.

In this situation, the tattoo artist used a size 3 needle at first and a 20 later.


5. multiple simulations

Once you’ve chosen your design and talked with the artist, he will clean the area from any bacteria and typically make a ditto or an outline for your skin, unless the person is free to hand the design. The artist will then prepare the inks and equipment for your design.

This is usually done using special papers and inks that work sort of like temporary tattoos. You’ll have the chance to approve the placement of the design before any permanent work is done.


6. get the tattoo

When you’re comfortable with how the tattoo is placed, the tattoo artist will pull the skin taut and begin inking the design into your skin. A tattoo machine uses tiny needles to place the ink just below the skin’s surface. The needles move rapidly up and down, a little like a sewing machine. The artist guides the needles to create fine or bold lines, shadows, and/or blocks of color.

Inking takes anywhere from a couple of hours to several days of sessions, depending on the size and complexity of the design.

Some people find tattooing just a little uncomfortable, while others have to grit their teeth against the pain. It depends on your own personal pain threshold, on the location of the tattoo, and on the style.

It’s normal for the area around the tattoo to look a little red when the tattooing process is done.

Your tattooist should clean the area gently and then place a bandage over your new tattoo. He or she will give you information on appropriate aftercare.


  • PHOTOS BY: ANDREEA ZISU
  • LOCATION: XPERIENCE TATTOO
  • ARTIST: GABRIEL CP
  • MODEL: CHRISTINA

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