Importance of the Skin Stretch
Stretch Stretch Stretch!
One of the most important components of cosmetic tattooing is being able to comfortably and properly stretch your clients skin. Being able to manipulate the skin will be the key to beautiful healed results.
Think of the skin like a plastic bag, if trying to draw on the bag there are lines and wrinkles that will leave you with a terrible picture. If you stretch it properly you will have a beautiful soft canvas for your work, but one does need to keep in mind not to OVER STRETCH! You pull a plastic bag too hard it will tear, the skin will not tear like that but you can cause scarring and spotty pigment retention. A general rule of thumb is a 3 finger stretch. You are utilizing thumbs, fingers and whatever you need to make it comfortable for both yourself and the client. Practice this as much as necessary on friends or anyone in the house that will allow you to! You want to feel completely confident once your client is in your chair, because if you are confident they will feel confident too!
Always ensure you have the perfect stretch before your needle begins its work.
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