How to Make a Tattoo Stencil

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Tattoo stencils are made from thermal carbon paper, and they are applied to the skin to make sure the tattoo is in the right placement and to be used as a guide for the tattoo artist. Create a tattoo stencil with information from an experienced tattoo artist in this free video on body modification.

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Hi, I'm Brandon Pearce, of Foolish Pride Tattoo Company, here in St. Petersburg, Florida. I'm here to give you a little information, on how to make a tattoo stencil, what your artist is going to do when he's making a stencil. Pretty much, you have thermal paper. You take your drawing, this person wanted a bullet, in particular. You're pretty much just going to line it up on your paper, and cut out your stencil. Everyone does things a little bit different, but for the most part, this is the process they're going to go through. Cut out your stencil to make sure that it fits, always on the other side of the carbon copy. We run it into a plastic sheet, so that way, it just stays together. Actually, it's not lining up. Then, you're going to run it through your thermal fax, you're going to add heat to the paper, which is going to have it show up on the other side. At the end of that process, just pull the sheets apart, and right there is going to be your stencil, so it's going to go on your skin, and be the guideline for your tattoo.

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