Living Canvas: Your Total Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and by Karen Hudson

By Karen Hudson

Tattoos. Given their permanence, why is it that we occasionally positioned extra suggestion into what we’ll put on subsequent Saturday evening, or our subsequent haircut? As a tattoo professional and author for About.com, Karen L. Hudson has talked to a long way too many folks who remorse their tattoos. After years of fielding questions and matters approximately tattoo well-being, she learned the necessity for a publication that will disguise the entire bases of physique art—from making plans and selecting an artist to find out how to look after your new piercing or tattoo afterwards. Living Canvas is a source for physique paintings lovers, no matter if you’re puzzling over getting your first or 5th tattoo, making plans on your subsequent bod-mod, or regretting a unfavourable event. reworking one’s physique right into a dwelling canvas shouldn't be taken calmly, and Hudson covers the subjects that too many folks omit. Encouraging readers to make secure, shrewdpermanent physique artwork offerings, Living Canvas is informative, preventative, and academic.

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Most of it goes to the shop owner, who pays for the artists’ supplies and gives them a place to work. Most tattoo artists are struggling day to day just like the rest of us and can really use a little extra cash. Plus, it’s nice just to show appreciation for their hard work. indd 62 6/26/09 2:16:00 PM So, how much is right? Some people tip just as they would at a restaurant—10 percent for good service, 15 percent for great service, and 20 percent for excellent, above-and-beyond service. But there’s really no hard and fast rule.

When considering how much you want to spend on a tattoo, you should also consider how much you value yourself. Your tattoo will become a part of you—literally. It makes a statement to others about who you are. What will your tattoo say about you? a Tipping Tipping your tattoo artist is not required, but it is a nice gesture. When you’re already shelling out a couple hundred dollars on a tattoo, you may think it’s a bit rich of the artist to want a tip on top of it. But oftentimes, the artist gets only a percentage of the actual tattoo fee.

It makes a rather loud vibrating sound, similar to an electric shaver’s. Some find the buzzing of a tattoo machine melodic or entrancing, while others find it irritating or grating, like a dentist’s drill. If you happen to be someone who doesn’t enjoy the sound of a tattoo machine, you might want to bring your MP3 player with you. a How a Tattoo Machine Works The tattoo machine is a relatively simple, but beautiful and highly respected, tool of the trade. It consists of a power supply, a foot switch, electromagnets, a spring-loaded metal arm, a hollow grip tube, and a needle—or cluster of needles—on the end of a long metal bar (needle bar).

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