Why do we stencil?
We stencil on the skin as a means of anticipating and blocking out the tattoo. The stencil serves as a guideline for the tattoo. It may indicate outlines, contours, tonal shifts and gradations, highlights, or any number of other elements in the tattoo. The stencil is the first point of contact, the first iterative exercise, the first chance for your clients to visual where this whole thing is going and their last chance to back out.
This series of articles will not cover how to design a good stencil; like Sailor Jerry Collins- who would famously remove elements from his acetate flash as a means of testing the artistic and aesthetic chops of his fellow tattooers- we believe that design secrets are earned and developed, not given out. Instead, this series is going to focus on tattooing materials- the hows, the whys, and the whats of tattoo stencil making, written by the guys who make the products.
Over the next few weeks, we're going to demystify and explore the wide world of tattoo stencil making, application, and maintenance. Like us on Facebook to get up to date information on this series of articles and participate in the discussion.
Next time, we'll cover the basics of stencil-making from a material perspective. Leave questions here or on facebook, and we'll be sure to include them in our discussion.