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36 step Tattoo Training Course

36 step Tattoo Training Course

36 step Tattoo Training Course

The courses offered by the Skinart Tattoo Academy in our tattoo studios cover all aspects of tattooing. Our master tattooist will cover the basics as well as many other aspects of tattooing. All the secrets of tattooing will be covered on this comprehensive course.

Tattoo Training
Tattoo Training


The following list is just a few of the subjects covered in 36 step Tattoo Training Course.


1-    History and traditions of Tattoos.

The History of tattoos around the world as well as South Africa is the introduction to the course and the development of old school and new school techniques.

2-  Tattoo equipment list.

After completing your course you will need to go off and buy all the necessary equipment and consumables to successfully do tattoos on your own so this list saves lots of time.

3-  Tattoo Art technique.

We cover all tattoo styles and themes on the course so that you will have a well rounded knowledge of the industry. We aill also provide you with basic skills that will enable you to produce professional custom artwork and various artistic techniques.

4- Operational technique – Tattoo aftercare.

Aftercare is of vital importance to the outcome of the finished tattoo. The Tattooer can only do his best to apply the tattoo, it is then up to the customer to look after the tattoo through the critical healing process. There are important tips that have been learnt over many years that we will discuss and we provide you with the document to give to your customers

5-  Tattoo Traces / Stencils.

Printing stencils and developing stencils are of vital importance to doing a good tattoo. If you start of with a poor trace you will end up with a poor tattoo. There are many different ways to produce and apply a trace, on the course we will learn many of the best methods.

6- Tattoo Composition and Design

Preparing a simple tattoo
In this section, we’ll prepare a simple tattoo, showing the motions and techniques that are needed to progress. Text and videos on the preparation of the tattoo, without any speed-ups and editing, including step-by-step instructions and materials.

7- Tattoo Equipment setup

The various types and elements of tattooing machines, including their operation and settings
In this chapter, we’ll go over the various types of tattooing machines, as well as understanding what they’re good for and learning to adjust their settings. Includes text, diagrams and videos.

8-Tattoo Machine tuning

Tattoo machine Setup and tuning is essential for turning out a tattoo with solid clean lines and getting saturated blacks and bright colours. Every student will tune his own machine on the course.

9- Needles

We study the various types of tattooing needles and their characteristics, including the sizes I use and my recommendations. This training Includes text and diagrams.

10- Grips Tips and Tubes

We will learn various types of grips, their materials, and tricks. Includes text, diagrams and videos.

11- Tattoo Inks

We will discuss different ink Manufacturers, whish are best and the inks I use and recommend, their characteristics and important related information. Includes text and diagrams.

12- Devices and materials of the workspace

All materials above and beyond the tattooing equipment, indispensable for work. Includes text and diagrams.

13- Organizing the workspace

The practical and convenient arrangement of the work space doesn’t merely serve our client’s and our own comfort, but also allows us to do a better job. We will analise all aspects of the workstation setup process. Includes text and diagrams.

14- Assembling the machine

The right way to assemble various machines. Includes text, diagrams and videos.

10. Motifs or Designs

The various motifs, styles and ideas used for tattooing. This chapter starts orienting the previously learned knowledge in a creative direction. Includes text and diagrams.

11. Sketching the “pattern”

Tattoos aren’t only beautiful when they’re perfectly developed, but when they’re in harmony with the body as well. Since everyone has a different body, it’s important to first sketch a pattern of the body before we start designing the tattoo.

12. Placement of the motifs and the curvature of the body

The orientation, shape and direction of the design are all important factors. All of this is determined by the curvature of the body. Includes text and diagrams.

13. Building up the motifs in practice

Preparing the motifs with examples and the help of patterns and curvatures. Includes text, diagrams and videos.

14. The use of Photoshop and digital pattern design

Basic Photoshop skills for preparing designs for those who aren’t familiar with the program. Includes text, diagrams and and videos.

15. Methods of applying the Trace on the skin

Various methods of applying the designed patterns on the skin. Includes text, diagrams, and videos.

16. Disinfection and sterilization

This is the most important step of creating a tattoo since even the loveliest designs will come to nothing if we infect our client with some disease. Disinfection is a crucial factor. Includes text, diagrams and videos.

17. What can or cannot be accomplished through tattooing – recovery issues

Important details to know and follow. Includes text and diagrams.

18. Preparing our equipment and workspace for tattooing

Now that we’re done with the theory, we’ll start getting down to work… Includes text, diagrams, and videos.

19. Postures

How to seat our client, for example, if we’re working on a tattoo on their side? Various poses in relation to the surfaces to be tattooed. Includes text and diagrams.

20. Outlining

Outlining techniques, tip and tricks. Includes text, diagrams, and videos.

21. Coloring

The technique of homogenous coloring, tips and tricks. Includes text, diagrams and videos.

22. Hatching

Hatching techniques, tips and tricks. Includes text, diagrams, and videos.

23. Color order

In the case of color tattoos, the colors have to be applied in a certain order, which will be reviewed in this theoretical element. Includes text and diagrams.

24. Cover up

A difficult part of tattooing..with tricks and important information. Includes text and diagrams.

25. The complete theoretical process of simple tattooing

The basics of tattooing, allowing you to learn how to use the machine for perfect outlining and an even cover up. Not just for beginners…Includes text, diagrams, and videos.

26. The complete theoretical process of black-and-white tattoos

Preparing and building up designs with hatching, tricks and tips. Includes text, diagrams, and videos.

27. The complete theoretical process of color tattoos

The steps of creating a more complex color design. For advanced tattoo artists only. Includes text, diagrams, and videos.

28. General techniques of tattooing

One of the most important part of the theory in this part as the title also shows- it is about general technics used during the tattoo- for example about color mixing or the structure of the model . text, drawings and videos.

29. Follow-up tasks once a tattoo is completed

What to do once the tattoo is finished.. the first steps of treatment. Includes text, diagrams, and videos.

30. Follow-up tasks in the workspace once a tattoo is completed

Tasks related to disinfection and other important information. Includes text and diagrams.

31. Follow-up tasks for clients once a tattoo is complete

A lovely tattoo is only half based on our knowledge, while the other half relies on the quality of the treatment. Important things to know and inform out clients about. Includes text and diagrams.

32. Photography of the completed tattoos

A few tricks on how to take good pictures of completed tattoos. Includes text and diagrams.
33- Tattoo Ink Color mixing & theory.

One option would be to by hunderds of different inks, this is fine if you have the money but a good artist can mix thousands of different hues with a 10 bottle set.

34- Practical lab.

The most important part of our course is practical hands one experience, we have hundreds of volunteers waiting for our students to practice on them.

35- Magnum Shaders

The art of tattooing cannot be achieved without learning how to master the magnum shader


36- Water Color Tattoos

During the course we review some of the great watercolor tattoos emerging today and discuss the techniques and needles used to do this effect

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