Go through the article and learn how to tattoo yourself. Follow the instructions carefully to prevent any risks of infections due to fungus or bacterial attack.

How To Tattoo Yourself

Tattoo art is not a recent development; it has been practiced since the new Stone Age by the Eurasians. Sailors, warriors, outlaws and people from similar social cult used to ink designs or patterns expressing their advancement, their profession, their cult identity etc. This art of the Neolithic times have seen several developments to reach the present modern era. What used to be the property of pirates, outlaws and biker’s gang has now become a popular body decoration for the modern people. From school emblems to personalized symbols and Celtic designs, people have found many ways to express themselves, their beliefs and traditions with their tattoos. Tattooing as an art is gaining immense popularity and has led to the introduction of something known as 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 help you put a design on a part of your body. You will have to strictly follow the instructions mentioned below to avoid any risk of infections.

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Tips To Tattoo Yourself 

Things You'll Need

  • Needle
  • Duct tape
  • India ink
  • Pencil
  • Bandage
  • Thread
  • 98% rubbing control
  • A razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Unscented lotion
  • Ability to boil water


  • You should be absolutely sure whether or not you would like to wear 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 from which you can choose on for your body. Make sure that the design which you choose is the one that holds meaning for you and resembles your taste, belief and/or passion. It is a permanent tattoo you are going to do, therefore the design you choose should be what you can see on your body throughout. 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.
  • Make sure to sanitize the needle and the other equipments that will be holding the needle in boiling water for 10 minutes. You can stab the back end of the needle into the pencil eraser and boil them together. You will have to hold the needle until the sharp end sticks about one centimetre out of the eraser edge. Now dip the tip of the needle into the sanitizer for few minutes.
  • Now you will have to draw your design with the help of a ballpoint pen. You can get the design printed 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.
  • Another important thing to do before pasting the design on the area to be tattooed is to prepare the area and make it suitable for tattooing. Wash your hands and use a sanitizer. Apply some shaving cream that will not irritate 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. After shaving moisturize the area with a lotion and also sanitize the area by washing it with the soap for 30 seconds.
  • Once all the above mentioned steps are carried out as instructed, it is time for you 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 to avoid any infection from spreading. Once you have used the sanitizer, 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. Names are the worst tattoo 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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