How to Give Yourself a Tattoo

Did you know that you can tattoo yourself at home? In case you do not have access to a tattoo parlor, you can use a stick and poke method to give yourself a tattoo. However, if you are not careful, it can turn out badly considering it is a permanent mark. Ensure you follow all the instructions and warnings before trying anything on yourself.

For you to master the art properly, you must involve a lot of concentration, preparation, and safety. This ensures you ink in the right way. Once you learn how to tattoo properly at home, risks such as blood-borne infections will never happen.

 Before giving yourself a tattoo, make sure you apply a tattoo numbing spray to reduce the pain once the process begins. Below are some of the things you should do to get yourself a tattoo in the safest way possible without any risks.

  1. Buy a tattoo machine.

It is always better to start art with a machine when it is your first time. The machine is referred to as a tattoo gun. The machine operates through an electromagnetic coil which has an armature bar that moves needles up and down.

The moving needles are immersed in a tattooing ink which is normally used under the ink. Did you know that purchasing a tattoo kit costs the same as getting tattooed at a parlor? The only thing that makes a tattoo from a parlor better is the fact that you do not have a lot of learning and understanding to do.

However, if you are interested in giving yourself a tattoo, it is essential to invest in a high-quality machine.

  1.  Use tattoo ink.

A tattoo should only be made from a special ink. These tattoo inks are natural and once applied to your skin, they react very gently. In case you get other cheaper inks, ensure you never use them since they can cause an allergy.

Some inks are colored. If you are a beginner, it is never advisable to use colored inks unless you are a highly experienced artist. Also, a terrible looking art is achieved by using a pen ink or any other types of inks. Using them can also get you an infection.

  1. Sterilize your equipment.

Ensure you clean everything to prevent getting some infections. Also, sterilize your equipment before giving yourself a tattoo. Make sure you keep the needles in a pot of water that is boiling for about five minutes. After taking out, allow it to cool off on a clean towel and then dip it in alcohol to sterilize it completely.

Cleanly pour the ink as you place a towel across to avoid getting dirt on it. Pour in less ink since a little ink is enough to get yourself a tattoo. However, if you get to a point you will need to add more ink, you can always add in some more.

  1. Put the needle into your skin.

After loading the needle with a little ink to begin the process, position the stylus in a way that will make your hands steady. Get the machine to start moving before you even start tattooing yourself.

Once you get started, make sure the needle goes deep enough for a few millimeters. Once you have done that, start moving the needle towards your design. If there is a lot of blood coming out of the area, just know that the needle is too deep and you could hurt yourself.

If then the needle is too shallow, your skin won’t resist at all. 

  1. Gently clean the tattoo.

Once you are done filling in the tattoo, gently clean the tattoo as soon as you have completed it. Use a tattooing cream and then cover it with clean gauze to prevent getting an infection. Make sure you immediately protect the tattoo once you are done. Avoid applying petroleum jelly or even lotion after giving yourself a tattoo.

They have a negative effect since they suck the ink out, prevent the tattoo from healing completely, and even clog your skin’s pore. Once you are done applying your fresh tattoo with a numbing spray, bandage it up to cover it. Cover it up for about two hours and also note that it is a very essential part of the process.

Also, make sure that you clean your area of work once you are done giving yourself a tattoo.


Don’t just give yourself a tattoo but then ensure that it relates to something that surrounds you. However, if you are not going to get a professional tattoo, make sure you try it on a fake skin or even better on fruit just to make sure you familiarize yourself with the needle and how it works. Also, make sure you follow the steps above to get yourself an elegant tattoo.



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