Keeping on top of what’s important in the tattoo delivery process is vital to both artist and client. Every now and then, it’s important to put down the needle and pick up on proper practices and safety. Tattoo delivery is one of the most important steps an artist has to consider, it’s not just about the ink and needle but how they are used during the application. There are a substantial amount of risks that can be associated with tattoo delivery but as long as artists keep their knowledge on top form, there’s nothing to stop them creating beautiful and admirable body art.

In the Beginning

26 billion. That’s how many cells we are born with. From blood to bone, stem to secretory, we are all living breathing cell powerhouses, but 1 in 5 of us decide to skew our skin cells with a permanent stamp. Tattoo delivery is an important part of the tattoo process, cells and skin are intricate parts of the body that need the utmost attention and knowledge from the artist. Tattoo delivery focuses on three different layers of the skin. The epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous layer. First up, the epidermis. The gatekeeper layer for tattoo delivery. Its job is to protect against bacteria, viruses and general environment as a sort of body blanket. Although the tattoo delivery is administered through the epidermis, the ink is only kept in the second layer, the dermis. The next layer of the skin is home to collagen, elastin, hair and sweat glands; it’s gross, we know, however, this is where the magic happens. The tattoo delivery process pushes the ink into the deeper layers of the skin; deep enough to make it permanent, and shallow enough to not cause damage. Lastly, the subcutaneous. Although this layer has no actual roll in the tattoo delivery process, it still has importance in the human body. Understanding the science behind the skin makes the tattoo delivery process for artists much easier to master and stay safe with.

Deep dive

Certain problems to do with needle depth can be encountered during the tattoo delivery process. Tattoo delivery that is too deep or too shallow can cause problems for a client. If an artist isn’t careful when it comes to needle depth, a picture perfect tattoo might not be achieved and instead of a vast array of problems. A tattoo needle has a fine margin of 1-2 mm during tattoo delivery, making the blunder of going to deep or shallow although incredibly difficult to master, yet possible. If the ink is administered too shallow in the epidermis layer of the skin, there won’t be any complications but clients will be paying for a temporary tattoo. The epidermis won’t hold onto the ink, the top layer of the client’s skin will flake, shed and regenerate meaning that flake by flake the tattoo will grow off the skin. Tattoo delivery that is too deep however will cause more serious problems. Excessively deep tattoos will cause pain for the client as well as scarring, an increased risk of infection and the possibility of a blowout. A fundamental part of being a tattoo artist is staying educated on the tattoo delivery processes and potential problems so that the best service and advice can be provided for a client. Making sure that the needles and guns an artist uses are of high standard and quality themselves is just as important if an artist is looking to achieve optimum results combined with the safest tattoo delivery.

Repair and Restore

Knowing the science behind the skin is important but so is the science behind the healing process. Tattoo delivery is complicated before during and after treatment, so it’s important for artists to understand every aspect. Let’s go back to GCSE biology. When the tattoo delivery is completed, the client’s immune system will get to work. A series of white blood cells called ‘macrophages’ will attempt to repair the damage caused by the needle. The macrophages ingest the dye from the ink and carry it to the lymph nodes as an attempt to remove the foreign body that was administered during the tattoo delivery. An abundance of macrophages will flood the tattoo site as an attempt to repair. This causes inflammation and swelling which means that the macrophages become trapped and suspended permanently, as does the ink, unless a client opts for tattoo removal. Clearly, there are more aspects to tattoo delivery to consider other than ink or needle type, therefore staying on top form with every aspect of the process makes for better artists and happier clients. Making sure that clients use top quality aftercare products whilst their tattoo is healing will not only ensure that their tattoo stands the test of time, but the test of health.

At Premier Tattoo Supplies, we have everything artists need to keep clients happy, healthy and harmfree. With a variety of big brand names and quality products we can help artists provide the best body art without the tattoo delivery doubt. Come and see us in our Mansfield store or go online where you can find a wide variety of stock to suit any situation.