I am teaching myself to tattoo (NOT ON PEOPLE!! Are you crazy! ... on fruit :D ) I'd love some great online resources or books for this process! Help me be awesome at this.
I am entering a new artistic hobby that involves tattooing on fruit. I'm teaching myself. I'm having a tough time finding reliable, professional (preferably) online resources for learning this process.
Things I need to learn:
Proper settings for running your machine and setting your needles.
Learning how to run good lines and shading.
Really knowing how all the parts of the machine interact together.
My experience: I've been getting tattooed for a long time. I watch tons of tattoo shows and pay attention to the technical aspects of good tattoos. I have a DEEP respect for tattooing. I've always wanted to know more about the process, and then thought of an awesome art project to make that happen. I absolutely am NOT going to tattoo people.
What I already have: 2 Machines (pic
) (cheap, in case this whole project flopped or to take them apart if one broke, I'm happy to spend more later.) Power supply, black ink, ink cups, o-rings, "nipple" covers, rubber bands, a variety of disposable tubes with grips, a variety of needles, gloves, water cups, and just ordered more springs.
So far I watched a quick video on machine setup and actually did okay with just screwing around and getting a feel for my machine settings. (Bow
and my husband made me draw a penis
....I surprised myself with it not being a TOTAL mess with these just being freehanded quickly.)
So, I ask you hive, where are some good resources to really learn what I need to make this a success? Online is preferable, but I wouldn't mind books. I'm not interested in apprenticing since I won't be tattooing people.