Go through the article and learn how to tattoo yourself. Follow the instructions and tips on homemade tattoo carefully to prevent infection risks arising due to fungal or bacterial attacks.

How To Do A Homemade Tattoo

Tattoo art is not a recent development; it was started by the Eurasians and has been in practice since the new Stone Age. Sailors, warriors, outlaws and people from various social cults have, for several years, inked designs or patterns on themselves, expressing their advancement, profession, cult identity etc. This art of the Neolithic times has seen several developments before reaching the present era. What used to be the property of pirates, outlaws and biker gangs has now become a popular body decoration for common people. From school emblems to personalized symbols and Celtic designs, people have found various ways to express themselves, their beliefs and traditions with tattoos. Tattooing, as an art, is gaining immense popularity and has led to the introduction of tattoo studios where skilled artists use modern tattooing equipments to ink your body. However, if, for any reason, you don’t want to visit a tattoo studio to get a tattoo, these tips to tattoo yourself will surely help you put your favourite design on your body. Follow the instructions mentioned below to avoid any risk of infections!
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How To Do A Homemade Tattoo                                            

Things You'll Need
  • Needle
  • Duct tape
  • India ink
  • Pencil
  • Bandage
  • Thread
  • 98% rubbing control
  • A razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Unscented lotion
  • Boiled water
  • You should be absolutely sure whether or not you would like a tattoo. In case of any apprehensions, it is advisable to think back upon your decision to ink your skin permanently. Once you are clear about your stand, pick a spot which is accessible and with least number of veins, to ink your design.
  • Now, it is time to select a design for you. There are a number of designs available online. You can choose any depending upon your style statement and preference. Make sure that the design you choose holds some meaning for you, resembles your taste, belief and/or passion. Since this is a permanent tattoo, you would want to be overly cautious for nobody wants to be stuck with an eyesore for a lifetime. So, picking your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s name is the worst tattoo design you can choose. Also make sure to pick a simple design and not a complex one. This will make working easier for you and also provides opportunity to re-design.
  • Once you have decided upon the design and the area to be tattooed, you will have to prepare your tools. Get the latex gloves, a narrow sewing needle and all other instruments mentioned above. Make sure that the place you are going to tattoo is clean and your instruments are arranged in a way that it is easily accessible while tattooing.
  • Don’t neglect the sanitization of the needle and other equipments that you’ll require for tattooing. Sanitise the needle by holding it in boiling water for 10 minutes.
  • Now, draw the design on your body with the help of a ballpoint pen. You can get the design printed also and prick the outlines with a needle and use a marker on the printed design for the ink to create a nice, faint outline for you to work on. You can also make use of stencils to print the design on the part of body you want to tattoo.
  • Preparing, i.e. cleaning and sanitizing, the tattoo area on your body and making it suitable for tattooing is another very important aspect of tattooing. Wash your hands and use a sanitizer. Apply some shaving cream that does not cause irritation and shave the area carefully to provide a smooth area to be tattooed on. Making a tattoo over body hair will create more risks of infections. Moisturize the area with a lotion after shaving it and also sanitize the area by washing it with an anti-bacterial soap for at least 30 seconds.
  • Once all the above mentioned steps are carried out as per instructed, it is time to tattoo your skin. Take the needle and poke the ink under the skin. Make sure that you don’t run the needle too hard into your skin. Tattoo will take a long time, and you need to have the required patience to sit for a long time.
  • Dab off the blood, which may appear out of the opening pores, with a square of gauze. Once the tattoo is over, use the sanitizer over the tattooed area to avoid infections. After sanitizing the tattoo, put on the bandage. Keep applying the anti-bacterial cream on the tattooed area regularly for few days.
  • Do not proceed with your tattoo plan if you have any doubts in your mind.
  • Pick up simple and small designs. Do not try an elaborate design because it might look terrible if the tattoo goes wrong.
  • You can try tattooing words and not names. People in your life do not come with a lot of permanence hence names are the worst kind of tattoos you can opt for.
  • Make sure that you always use a sterilized needle because needles can easily spread infections.
  • It is better to get the tattoo done professionally. It is a safe option and will also provide a perfect finish to the design.

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