How to Make Tattoo Stencil Fluid

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Highly detailed tattoo designs such as this one require a stencil with staying power.
Highly detailed tattoo designs such as this one require a stencil with staying power. (Image: tattoo image by shime from Fotolia.com)

During the process of tattooing, a tattoo artist may encounter issues with the design if a stencil disappears while wiping the skin free of ink and blood. The stencil is an outline of the design transferred to the skin for the tattoo artist to follow during the procedure. Tattoo artists differ when it comes to the products used to apply the stencil to the skin, but having a mixture that protects the client by avoiding cross contamination, that remains on the skin for the duration of the tattoo and is simple to wipe off is the best practice.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves
  • Stick deodorant
  • Microwave
  • Glass container
  • Liquid anitbacterial soap
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Squeeze bottle

Wash hands with warm water and an antibacterial soap. Dry hands thoroughly with a paper towel. Place a glove on each hand. Remove the stick deodorant from the plastic casing. Place the deodorant in a microwave safe glass container. Use a stick deodorant instead of antiperspirants to ensure the safety of clients receiving tattoos. Antiperspirants contain aluminum, which is considered a neurotoxin when dispersed into the skin in large amounts. Antiperspirants are designed to block glands and prevent sweat from exuding out of the skin, which will impair the healing of the tattoo.

Melt the deodorant in a microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the glass container from the microwave using potholders. Pour the melted deodorant into a squeeze bottle. Fill the squeeze bottle one-third full with the melted deodorant.

Pour the liquid antibacterial soap and alcohol into the squeeze bottle. Use equal parts for each ingredient, one-third liquid antibacterial soap and one-third alcohol for the mixture. Screw on the top of the squeeze bottle. Shake the mixture.

Dispose of the gloves, glass container and leftover melted deodorant.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spray this solution to remove the stencil if adjusting for placement.
  • Buy a microwave to use solely for this process to prevent bacteria from food.
  • Never attempt to tattoo someone if you have not completed an apprenticeship and a blood borne pathogens training.
  • Use protective rags or mitts when handling hot contents from a microwave.

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