Tattoo Process – Part 1 – Ink, Machine & Your Body

Posted: May 29, 2011 in Tattoo Process, Uncategorized

Tattoo artists create your permanent tattoo by injecting special ink into your skin.
This is all possible by using an electric-powered tattoo machine (It’s not a tattoo “gun” as people believe: GUNS KILL, MACHINE CREATE!).
The machine moves a solid needle up and down to puncture the skin between 50 to 3,000 times PER MINUTE!
Don’t worry though, the needle only penetrates the skin by around a millimeter!


Modern tattoo machines have the same basic components no matter what brand of machine they are using:


•A sterilized needle
•A “tube” which draws the ink through the machine
•An electric motor linked to a tattoo power supply
•A foot pedal (just like those used for sewing machines, which controls the movement of the needle)

When you are looking at a tattoo, you are looking at the ink through the Epidermis (outer layer of the skin).
The ink is actually in the Dermis (second layer of skin) which is more stable, hence the permanence of the tattoo!



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