do they photo copy it onto the special paper then wet it on the persons skin? where can i buy the paper? can you explain the process?What type of paper do tattoo artist use to put the outline of a tattoo on someones skin?
I believe they use tracing paper or vellum. The last tattoo I had done, my artist used vellum.What type of paper do tattoo artist use to put the outline of a tattoo on someones skin?
its like wax paper
At the shop that I used to work at, we would do one of three things:
Draw the design right on the skin (using a pen similar to the one they make the marks for an ear piercing).
Use a thin sheet of acetate (you have to cut the stencil with this method. Once cut, graphite powder is sprinkled onto the stencil and applied. It's a very old-school method, rarely used anymore to the best of my knowledge).
Mimeograph paper (if you're old enough to remember those purpleish handouts in elementary school...its the same thing). You either trace the outline from the original design, and then re-trace it on a mimeograph sheet (you'll pick up the ink on the flip side of the paper, and can transfer that), or run it thru a mimeograph machine...for the same effect.
It's been awhile since I've worked in a shop, so I couldn't really tell you where to find it these days...
It's carbon transfer paper. You could probably buy it at an office supply store, but I'm not sure.
You draw the design on one side, and then when you press the other side to the skin and wet it, the carbon side transfers the ink to your skin.