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Question by Dem
Submitted on 8/20/2003
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if you want to give yourself a tattoo can you use india ink?


Answer by smasho
Submitted on 8/21/2003
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no and don't try it. go to a tattoo artist with a good reputation.

 

Answer by dylan
Submitted on 10/1/2003
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my friend did it. years ago. still had it and dosent look bad.  still tho.... go to a tattoo artist

 

Answer by willard
Submitted on 10/6/2003
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DO IT!!!!

 

Answer by angelXwithXbloodyXknuckles
Submitted on 10/8/2003
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Okay are you stupid or 12? You'd have to be a complete moron or WAY too young to get a tattoo to be considering doing it on yourself. If you're young, wait, you'll probably realize what you want to immortalize in flesh isn't all that great years from now. And if you're old enough, go to a respected artist. It might cost more than ink and a needle but the art will look much better and you have less chance of having a nasty infection.

 

Answer by jimbob
Submitted on 10/15/2003
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I agree with u angelXwithXbloodyXknuckles I have done it and paid the price.... That was a while ago now. YES goto a respected artist and get it done properly. The advantages of an artist is that they have the proper equiptment and they dont have to get in an awkward position to do it hehe.

 

Answer by Anonymous
Submitted on 11/18/2003
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Listen, i did tis to my self, just without the ink, i made a smiley face on my knee, it hasnt even beena year yet, but it's still there, and its the worst thing ive done in my life, im gettin one when im older though. Im gettin the fightin irish guy on my waist, my dad hsa the planters peanuts guy. I wouldnt get a tattoo to look like a tuffguy or nething

 

Answer by me
Submitted on 11/29/2003
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i did the smiley face on my knee as well, its faded now tho.

 

Answer by Weener boy
Submitted on 12/2/2003
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I just gave myself a perfect replica of tupac shakurs cross on my left ankle, and it looks excellent. Tattooing yourself is just a way of mixing pain and pleasure. Almost like giving yourself piercings. Just don't do something you will regret ten years from now.

 

Answer by Ender
Submitted on 12/5/2003
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Use Bic ink, It won't blead as much and its actually cleaner. I gave myself the veritas aequtas tattoos a few months ago. No infection. No long term pain. And it looks just like the ones in the Boondock Saints.

 

Answer by TheWatcher
Submitted on 12/9/2003
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The Boondock Saints have hella cool tattoos.
im working on giving myself one, thatís how i ended up here.  and i must agree with "Weener boy" on his points about pain and pleasure, its mush more personal and worth a lot more to you if you do it yourself, im doing mine so i will be able to keep a promise to a very close friend of mine.

"What ?  You never write a phone number on your hand before ?  A tattoo is just a way to keep a permanent note."  --Memento

 

Answer by son
Submitted on 12/10/2003
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as long as you keep the needle sterile it shouldn't cause an infection make sure to clean it with something like bactine since alcohol has some effect on it that is warned against i forgot what peroxide can bleach it partially and make it come out weird. use a large sharp safety pin small once are flimsy and might bend or kink when your working and might go in too far or sideways ans if its too dull it might not get past the epidermis and it will come off with your dead skin safety pin tattoos tend to carry a bit more pride you feel better about it if you do it your self more likely just like anything else some might think differently but thats only a trait caused by an over sheltered and modernized society that is stunting its own evolution the more modernized and unnatural you are the closer you are to extinction

 

Answer by E-Zee
Submitted on 12/14/2003
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About two weeks ago, I burnt my name into my leg by heating a needle over a fire and then got a needle, and I dug out the skin where it had blistered. It is still here, but do you think it will last for awhile?  Also, I forgot to sterilize the needle, do you think I could get an infection, if so, I'm only 15, do you think I should let my parents know?

 

Answer by oOoSticky
Submitted on 12/18/2003
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E-Zee,
If you've no signs of infection now, you are likely free and clear. As for the permanence, it is dependent on so many variables that I couldn't rightly say. I lightly did one in my ankle once that stayed, and repeatedly and intensely carved one into my hand that has vanished. My only real suggestion is that you do none that pertain to any other person specifically, as those tend to be regretted. I'm currently planning to burn one off with lye, which doesn't exactly sound fun. Anyways... there's my answer.

 

Answer by slick
Submitted on 12/29/2003
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yeah i need to kno how to tattoo yourself i mean yeah this is gr8 wat do i use wat ink do i use how much how little i wanna kno eveyrhting about it

 

Answer by Brittany
Submitted on 12/30/2003
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i think you should do what you want and not listen to other people. The week before i got my lip pierced i did three stars on my neck through a mirror, though ive grew up around tattoo artist, it still was alot better to me than getting it done professionally, you feel like your in charge..Its alot less painful cause your know your limits.

 

Answer by hot_kitten_babe
Submitted on 12/31/2003
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Hey i did my own tattoo of a blue star on my right ankle on the top of the bone stickin out..know what part i mean?..anyways...i used just a regular sewing needle and some blue ink from a blue pen..all i did was burn the end of the needle to disinfect it ..and i blew the ink out of the pin onto a piece of cardboard..then i just dipped the needle in the ink and just kinda stabbed it into my skin...to me it didn't hurt...and before hand you need to outline your tattoo before you start...just so you wont mess up..yes i did bleed in some spots but it totally didn't hurt...but i didn't wash all the extra ink off till the next day...i left it there till it was good and soaked in under the skin..when the skin heals the ink will be under your skin so the color lasts longer...but ive had the blue star on my ankle for about 2 years...ive done like two touch ups.. but thats it...i thought it was pretty cool...the hard part was just tryin to figure out what i wanted a tattoo of ..but since my last name is "Starr"..i decided to do a star...and its totally cool to use colored ink...well happy tattooing!!!

 

Answer by liz
Submitted on 1/6/2004
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i just did a tattoo on my thumb with a sewing needle and green sharpie, and it seems like it'll stay, but I'm not really sure since i did it last night. and don't listen to the stupid people way at the top, they are just dumb. once i figure out if mine is permanent, i'll post again to let anyone interested know.

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/7/2004
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Hey, I don't know if this msg board is still active, but what kind of ink works best? I tried to do a spiderweb on my left ankle with food colouring and it washed out. Also, how long do I have to keep it protected, how deep do I have to "stab" myself, etc...? Also, any tips so it doesn't get infected?

Thanks!

 

Answer by doppelganger
Submitted on 1/8/2004
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i have a bottle of black india ink, which i heard was best.  i am doing this on my ankle over a scar that made.  i was just wondering if someone could give me a basic explenation of what to do to make this think last.  it's a cool tattoo, it's the i ching sign for fire, right on my ankle.  thanks.

 

Answer by Benzz
Submitted on 1/8/2004
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Hello ppl!!
Hey all..I see at you talk about tattooing yourself here..Well many tattoo artist's complains and yell at you dont should do it and dont build your own tattoo machines but the most of them started with just a homebuild machine and "tagged" their friend's and so...I have done many tattoos self with a homemade machine when i started to tattoo people and that grove and now have i real equipment's and have it as a part time job...So what i want to say here are dont be afraid to try BUT try with clean things.....


 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/9/2004
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India ink? I'll have to try that if this doesn't stay...(I re-inked it last night with ink from a bic pen) It seems to be okay so far, though.

Just wondering how long I have to keep it covered up? People keep asking why I have a bandage on my leg, and I am reluctant to tell them I got a tat if it doesn't end up working out.

Thanks for your help!!

 

Answer by bubble
Submitted on 1/16/2004
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i wanna get a tat on my shoulder and i have no clue what to do can any one help me?

 

Answer by Robyn
Submitted on 1/16/2004
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India ink contains poison. It probably won't kill you but it can make you extremely ill. It can also prevent you from having children or cause birth defects in the kids you do have.

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/16/2004
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um, i tried to do a heart tattoo with a sewing pin and food coloring...LOL I don't think it will work! i did it like, three hours ago, so i don't know...! i don't know if i poked hard enough (when you people say stab, you scare me)and i knew the food coloring was pretty much a joke...im 14 and i don't wish to die, and i don't wish to not have children, so....HELP! I'm determined...someone tell me EVERYTHING...like,what kind of ink (my dad has India ink and warns the hell out of me...)won't kill me and how to cover it up...and stuff like that...the basics...PLEASE!

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/17/2004
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when you all say you "re inked it" what does that mean? the tat i did w/ food coloring is washing off, but i don't think it will be gone completely

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/17/2004
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by re-inked I mean that I touched it up...anyhoo. The ink from the bic pen only stayed in some places, so I now have spiderweb-shaped scar on my left calf...What ink should I use? food colouring doesn't stay and neither does pen ink. My friend said she used India Ink and got a really bad infection...

I, too, am determined to get a tat and I want to do it myself, so if anybody knows what kind of ink works best, how long I have to cover it up, etc, please let me know!

Thanks.


 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/17/2004
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i got some bic pens today and i really wanna do it...so some people are saying it does work, and some are saying it doesn't? how far did you stab yourself (miss_bittersweet)?

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/18/2004
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just far enough so the ink goes into my skin but doesn't cause any bleeding...

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/18/2004
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the BIC ink only stayed in a few places the first time i did it, last night, and it was really runny. then this morning i used day-old ink and it seems to be staying better. I'll let y'all know. it helps that i can compare the pain of times when it stayed and didnt...maybe that's the key..try and try until you get it right~

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/18/2004
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how can you tell that the ink has gone into the skin? how do you tell that it's not just sitting ontop of your skin, b/c i can't tell, and the ink is hard to get off anyway, so it takes a while...how do you know, and have you tried anything else?

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/19/2004
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I couldn't really tell either, I just assumed...that's probably why it only stayed in some places and washed out in others.

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/19/2004
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well, we're both new at it, and until we get some decent advice, it's trial and error. i did it last night (same heart, same hand, same place)with pink ink, and i think it stayed, but the dots were very spread out. i just redid it, and instead of leaving it open, i covered it with one of those round band aids that have the stickiness on all sides, so it won't come off. I'vedecided to leave it alone for like, four days, then I'llwash it and see what happened. if that doesn't work, I'llhave to wait a while because it's really hurting to do the same thing over and over again for the fifth time in a row. i really think it would be cool for it to stay, and i want to tell all my friends, but i don't want to tell them if it won't stay, you know? how old are you, miss_bittersweet?

 

Answer by Zarboz
Submitted on 1/19/2004
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ok well i did mine with a safety pin and went beyond sterilization i heated it i washed it in rubbing alcohol i boiled the damn thing and i did my tattoo and now its all puffy and red and its acting like its infected lol can someone help

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/20/2004
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well, when i did mine, i didn't go that far...i used fire and rubbing alcohol but i didn't use a safety pin, b/c thats huge and I'ma wimp (who doesn't like needles...)but i did mine five times (once a day for five days) and now i think i finally have it. i cant explain why it's puffy...is it REALLY puffy or like, oh, thats a lil puffy, b/c i went to school today and my friends were like, it looks puffy, but it wasn't really...i've decided that it's too painful to do again tonight if it needs more touching up, so i'mgoing to give it another week before i do any more damage. my advice to you, Zarboz, is if you can, go to the doctor immediately. if you're under 18 like me, and scared to death to tell your parents, wait it out...use rubbing alcohol to clean the place daily. if you used India ink, i would recommend telling your parents, or going to the doctor RIGHT now...thats really poisonous, and if you are trying it for the first time, you could have done serious damage. let me know how things work out, and don't make my opinion your opinion, use your own judgment about whats going on.

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/21/2004
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Yeah, I'm waiting a week for the scar to heal a bit before I try again...I know what you mean, steph, about not wanting to tell your friends, cuz then they say "I thought you had a tattoo, blah blah blah..." and it gets complicated....I'm 15. you?

 

Answer by Zarboz
Submitted on 1/21/2004
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I used neosporin on it and its kinda got the swelling down but its still realy red and itchy but hasnt pussed up like my others.. :( well i hope you can help

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/21/2004
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well, see i have the opposite problem, miss_bittersweet. i didn't mind telling my friends before i knew for sure, i was going to make it happen no matter what. when i told some of them, however, they were like, "idiot" and one of my friends said "steph..." in her, 'I'mso disappointed in you' voice of doom, so, yeah that kind of sucks. my other, cooler friends were good with it, though. I'm14. as of now I'mwaiting for the final bit of extra ink to come off...people keep saying "i don't see a heart, but i see a big pink blob" well, I'llshow them!
now, Zarboz,
what kind of ink did you use? did you let the safety pin go too far into the skin? how many did you give yourself? hold old are you? did you clean the skin before you did the tattoo? let me know so i can help you (with my experienced wisdom ;))

 

Answer by Zarboz
Submitted on 1/21/2004
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i used a gun and a safety pin to touch up i cleaned the skin and the needle but it went a half inch in or so which is standard i wanted to be a tattoo artist lol so yah im 15 and this is my 6th one but its being realy strange and i was wanting some input on if it was the ink or not i used BIC i did one once with indian ink........dumbest thing ever in my life :D

 

Answer by Zarboz
Submitted on 1/21/2004
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p.s. if your interested we can figure out a way to talk personaly as in AIM yahoo msn or email or something with a better response time then this POS forum no offense to the forum and thanks for the help :D

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/22/2004
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Let me know how it turns out! What kind of ink did you use?

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/22/2004
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BIC florescent pink...hehe!
yeah zarboz, aim, iluvuyesido987...you too miss_bittersweet, lemme know because i have all three (yahoo im, msn, aim)

 

Answer by ChEeToS
Submitted on 1/22/2004
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Hey, just thought id put my 2 cents in here... i have a gorgeous mushroom i tattooed on my ankle, but its only a black outline.. i have a blue fish on my foot i did and i just did the word gopher on my hand, but i don't expect anyone to understand that one:) anyways I'm all for self tattoos but i started out cutting then carving shapes and now I'm tattooing.. i am still gonna get one or more professionally but not for at least another year... ROCK ON PEOPLE ALL THE WAY!!!

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/22/2004
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yeah,ChEeToS, that didn't help any one of the three of us...

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/22/2004
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msn, irish_donkey7789@hotmail.com...

My scar is healing over pretty well so I'm probably going to try the spiderweb again this weekend...I'll see how it goes. (btw, let me know how the heart on your hand turns out!)

 

Answer by chasto56
Submitted on 1/23/2004
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hey my name is chris and i took india ink with my tattoo gun and put a multice cross on my leg and it came out just like a real tattoo most people said that india ink is bad for you its not thats bs as long as u make sure every thing is clean u should have no problems i made my tattoo gun out of a pen spoon guitar string a motor and a switch and it held the ink and every thing. my tattoo is shaded and ever thing i couldn't ask for a better tattoo.

 

Answer by Zarboz
Submitted on 1/23/2004
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hey you want to share the plans for your gun???? lol if you will please email me at Mugenman1111@hotmail.com

thanks so much chris

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/23/2004
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hehe! my heart is soooooooo adorable! it's perfect! next week sometime (maybe this weekend while my parents are away) I'lltouch up one part, but other than that, i think I'mfinished with it! miss_bittersweet--i added you to my buddy list (stephiens@hotmail.com)
zarboz--what's your aim?

 

Answer by oldenoughtobeyourmom
Submitted on 1/23/2004
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Please clean any area to be tattoed with alcohol. (Rubbing, not drinking) Do not leave the tatoo covered for more than one to three hours, it has to have air to heal properly and retain the ink as well. You should try a google search to see what type of ink to use. When I got my tattoo (professionaly) it did not bleed and certainly did not go anywhere close to 1/2 inch deep. The only thing I can tell you about the ink is that it was much, much thinner than the inks you have discussed (i.e. Bic). As you have been warned DO NOT use India Ink, it is toxic and does cause infertility and birth defects! Good Luck.
P.S. My tattoo has not faded any and I've had it over 10 yrs. Try a professional.

 

Answer by Zarboz
Submitted on 1/24/2004
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MrPIBBXTRA123 that would be all :D

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/24/2004
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oldenoughtobeyourmom,
the alcohol thing is true...and I'vebeen doing it, i don't cover it up, i did a google search and wound up here, when i did my tattoo, it didn't bleed either, i have no clue why he was saying it was standard for 1/2 inch, mine went in like, one millimeter, personally, i would have to loose my mind to use India ink, that's just stupid...and now to my biggest point:
WE CAN'T TRY PROFESSIONALS!!
thanks for your advice

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/24/2004
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Yes, I agree with steph....we appreciate your concern, but don't worry - we won't dry anything stupid. :)

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/24/2004
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:D have you redone the spiderweb yet?

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/24/2004
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Yup, last night...I haven't washed off the extra ink yet though, so I don't know if it's going to stay...I'm going to do that tomorrow though.

Is your heart still visible, or has the ink washed out?

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/24/2004
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it's a heart...like, you look at it and you're like, wow! it's a heart! but it's faint enough that my mom wont say what the hell, why is there a heart on you hand? so yeah, i think it's good. if i really absolutely need to, i'll touch it up this week sometime!

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/25/2004
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Very cool! Congrats!

I'm going to touch up my spiderweb today...the ink came out in some parts but other than that I think it's okay...*crazy happy grin*

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/25/2004
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i don't know about it now, it's kinda fading i think...ahhh I'mgoing crazy!

 

Answer by Zarboz
Submitted on 1/25/2004
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you wanna know why its fading cause you didnt go deep enough sriously you need to go a lil deeper take some words of wisdom here

 

Answer by roro1311: on yahoo all the time!!!
Submitted on 1/25/2004
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Yo i put a cross on my arm its big its on my forearm and it looks good lol and i used a needle to cut it then i put ink in th kut of the cross then i wiped it out wit a hot rag 2 minutes later  and then i dryed it over a stove then after a few weeks i had a beatiful great lookin tatto but i was scared of gettiin ink poision and i never got i t

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/25/2004
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hmmm...i don't think it's actually fading, i just cant see it b/c my skin is really red b/c it's been dry ever since i did the tat b/c i was worried about it and I'mbeing really careful and so the skin is getting dry. it's still there...don't worry!

 

Answer by tweaq
Submitted on 1/26/2004
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well im new here, but anway i smashed a printer the other day, and got a print cartridge. So i smashed it open , and found some nice inky sponges. WHOOHOOO inky sponges are fun, so i colored my dreamcast. and color my self (mostly by accident). And so i decicded to do a little tatto. i used a clean staple, held in needle nose pliers, and dipped the staple in the sponge, and then tapped it into my skin with a remote control.i made a little question mark. sooo am i gonna die. i did kinda sterlize my stuff, and my knee. but is the ink poisonous. (kinda wish i would have though about this before). also email me (tweaq@aol.com)

 

Answer by tweaq
Submitted on 1/26/2004
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well im new here, but anway i smashed a printer the other day, and got a print cartridge. So i smashed it open , and found some nice inky sponges. WHOOHOOO inky sponges are fun, so i colored my dreamcast. and color my self (mostly by accident). And so i decicded to do a little tatto. i used a clean staple, held in needle nose pliers, and dipped the staple in the sponge, and then tapped it into my skin with a remote control.i made a little question mark. sooo am i gonna die. i did kinda sterlize my stuff, and my knee. but is the ink poisonous. (kinda wish i would have though about this before). also email me (tweaq@aol.com)

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/27/2004
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Well, I'm new at this whole self-tattooing thing, but your method sounds painful...*shudders*

As for your question...I doubt you will die. If it was unsterilized you might get an infection, but that would probably be it. It depends on the brand of ink, because all companies are slightly different, but I doubt it is any more toxic than bic ink or a sharpie, which is what most people on this board seems to have used.

My suggestion is that if it gets worse (i.e, turns a funny colour and is oozing a strange substance) to talk to your doctor...

 

Answer by WhatdaFck
Submitted on 1/27/2004
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I cant believe you idiots talking bout this stuff man.Stop being so cheap and get a real tat ! If you wanna run round like a dork for the rest of your life with something real dumb tatt'edon ya go right ahead , just think about it (if you can) ....Anyway use the BRAIN !!!!


 

Answer by stephanie
Submitted on 1/27/2004
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hmm...brain? whats a brain? i don't recall having...wait, I DON'T RECALL ANYTHING...guess that's what a brain is for...
ANYWAYS!!!
i don't know that a staple would do much piercage (yes, it's a real word! i made it up 5.5 seconds ago!)...of the skin...i mean i guess it would work, but it does seem REALLY painful and creepy...hehe. OK, well like miss_bittersweet was saying, it wont cause you to die (i thought the EXACT same thing after i did mine, i was like, "please, lord...if you like me, could i stay here a little longer??" but now I'mok... so yeah, you might get an infection, but definitely not die! let me know how it worked! we're always looking for new and better ways!
Steph~

 

Answer by Maria
Submitted on 1/27/2004
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I did my own tat but i cut myself with a knife but not too deep then used the ink from a liquid expresso pen it look really kool just be care everyone clean everything before u use it

 

Answer by element
Submitted on 1/27/2004
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hello all, i see that this q&a has been going on a while.  i'm 21 and have a number of tattoos that were professionally done.  now i understand that you are not old enough to go and do this yourself but you must consider why this is the case.  tattoos are definately cool but i don't think that you appreciate what your doing. you're tattoing your hand?!? are you crazy, it is actually against the law for a tattoo artist to tattoo your hands, do you not think that there must be damn good reasons for this?i understand that this isn't going to stop you, believe it or not i'mnot trying to stop you, i want you to understand. it took me a long time to decide what to have tattooed permanently onto my body.  I wanted tattoos when i was 14 and 15 but my ideas then were VERY VERY different to what i actually got done. you'll probably ignore me completely though, i know that i would if i wasn't me. at the end of the day please, please, just be careful

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/28/2004
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While I see where you're coming from, element, I'd just like to point out that laws regarding tattoos differ from place to place. Where I live, it is not against the law for your hands to be tattooed.

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/28/2004
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yeah, same here, I'venever even heard about that (illegal to tattoo your hands...???)and we know where your coming from, but it isn't gonna stop us...so...there ya go!

 

Answer by vinny
Submitted on 1/29/2004
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hey ummm i want to do the safety pin thing. i am having trouble with it, i got a boc pen and a needle (needle and thread type needle) i dip it in the ink and start 'stabbin' now i dont think im goin deep enough bkuz wen im done it is jut a bunch of very small dots i dont know wats wrong pls help.

 

Answer by vinny
Submitted on 1/29/2004
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hey ummm i want to do the safety pin thing. i am having trouble with it, i got a boc pen and a needle (needle and thread type needle) i dip it in the ink and start 'stabbin' now i dont think im goin deep enough bkuz wen im done it is jut a bunch of very small dots i dont know wats wrong pls help.

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/29/2004
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You shouldn't go too deep - if you bleed, that's too deep. When I did it, I sort of scratched myself as opposed to making actual dots. Once you're done, cover it up for a couple hours. after you uncover it, DO NOT WASH OFF THE EXTRA INK YET. I left the extra ink on for about eight hours before washing it off.

I'm just new at this, but I used that method for my tat and it seems to have worked...

 

Answer by sunkissed
Submitted on 1/29/2004
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Hey everybody, I am just wondering if any of you have tried a really sharp exacto blade, if it is really sharp, it doesn't hurt, and it creates a more defined line.  I also think that safety pins are really big and kinda sloppy, I did use one for a tattoo once, and it was kinda ugly.  So is what I do is, I clean everything with alcohol, then I get the exacto or needle covered in ink, and poke.  It kinda works, but what do all of you guys do exactly, I want to refine my technique.  Thanks

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/29/2004
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well, i dont really know that my deal worked...my heart isnt visible all the time! i'llbe at school and see this cute, simi-pink heart, then sitting here at home, i see NOTHING! i dont know whats up with that, but whatever! i have a bruise on my hand, though, under the heart...i dont know what's up with that, either. how did the spiderweb go? how long has it been since you did it last? ok, i take it back, i see a simi heart while sitting here...hehe!

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/29/2004
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my spiderweb seems to be okay...I touched it up yesterday afternoon, just in a couple places where the ink didn't really set. It seems to be staying for now, but I don't know what's going to happen in the summer. I imagine that chlorine and sun will fade the ink...

 

Answer by stephanie
Submitted on 1/29/2004
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probably. just washing my hands and having such cold temperature outside is causing mine to fade. i wouldn't call this a bust, but our methods need improvement

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 1/30/2004
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lol, yes, they do....We should really research this a bit more. I'm trying to find a way to make an actual tattoo gun - maybe the ink will stay better that way. (I found a recipe to make tattoo ink, but you need vodka...can't buy it and I doubt my parents would buy it for me. :P)

 

Answer by Daniel
Submitted on 1/30/2004
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i have plans to make a tatto gun if u want them email me at Kane022382@aol.com

 

Answer by stephanie
Submitted on 1/30/2004
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ohoh!!! whats the recipe? i have vodka!!! (whoo hoo go bryanne, finally something you gave me is of importance) i was just going to drink it, but this might be better!

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 1/30/2004
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I was wondering..what i could do if i saw this design on paper that I wanted on my ankle. Its a tribal design, and i wanted to put it on my ankle and i have it printed out....do i put the paper ontop then poke thru it? what do i do.!

 

Answer by Johnny
Submitted on 1/31/2004
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Hey all! I'm new to this board, so.... HI! Anyways, I have a tattoo that I got done professionaly (a wolf howling at the moon), and several I' did myself, and I like the ones I did myself WAY better. I mean, sure mine don't look as good, but the sense of pride behind them makes up for it. Um, thats about it, bye! (if anyone wants to ask me anything or chat IM me anytime! AIM = Somones Charity)

 

Answer by nikki
Submitted on 1/31/2004
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ok you weird children everything eventully will make u sick and die from cancer so get used to it and what the brave ones are doing is called scarification  wrong but anyways that is like getting a razor blade cutting your self let it like heal then peel the scab and then put the Indian ink on then put a band-aid

 

Answer by stephanie
Submitted on 1/31/2004
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ok, to nikki, what ever you said didn't make one bit of since to me...you like, used one sentence to get five points across.
to steph (because that wasn't me)if you were to do the poking through the paper, you would loose the ink onto the paper. practice, practice, PRACTICE drawing the design on paper, then when you get it down, draw it onto your skin, then do the tattoo. another way you could do it is to use a cutting board and an exacto to cut the design out of the computer paper, then tape it to your ankle and tattoo in the hole...do you get that?
let me know if you didn't understand anything!

 

Answer by -ome-
Submitted on 1/31/2004
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Hey, i really wanna give myself a tattoo on my wrist a dark black star.. but im not sure of what ink to use and what not to and i read this whole forum and all i got out of it was really confused.. should i use India Ink or Bic.. which works better and lasts longer? Can you get ink poisoning from tattoos? What is better a Sewing needle or a safety pin..?

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 2/1/2004
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Here's the link to the recipe for tattoo ink:

http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/tattooink.htm


 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/1/2004
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hey, ome, use a sewing needle and bic, but be brave about how you stab yourself, it needs to go deep enough, remember. thanks for the recipe, i'llhave to see if i can use it!

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/1/2004
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i looked at the thing, and i dont have that much vodka, guess i'lljust have to drink what i have ;)

 

Answer by -ome-
Submitted on 2/2/2004
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Thanks steph,
Im looking to do this on my wrist,and i dont want to stab into my veins, because i think that would be a bad thing.. how far are we supposed to stab?

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/2/2004
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yeah, stabbing your vein...that would suck...
we've just been doing a few millimeters. not enough to make us bleed, I'ma wimp ;).
my heart is still somewhat there, so i guess i poked hard enough

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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The best way to describe it is to "firmly scratch" your skin, if you understand what I mean...

My spiderweb is partially there...I think my problem is that the ink is washing or fading out before the skin completely heals over. Hmm....


 

Answer by daniel
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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miss bitter sweet try making a tattoo gun i have the plans if u would like them then the ink will not fade or wash out be4 it heals

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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you all are scaring me when you say tattoo gun!

 

Answer by maria
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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daniel can u e-mail me the plans my e-mail address is Highmiagirl@sbcglobal.net Thnks

 

Answer by maria
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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daniel can u e-mail me the plans my e-mail address is Highmiagirl@sbcglobal.net Thnks

 

Answer by daniel
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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it dont hurt to use a tattoo gun i think it hurts less then with just a needle an ink i have 11 tattoo done with just a needle an i have 3 with a gun an they hurt less

 

Answer by poohbear5582
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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hey everyone!! like daniel said a gun hurts alot less than a plain needle. i made a gun and gave myself a tattoo all around my ankle. that was 5 years ago and it still looks like it did a week after it was healed. i didnt know about india ink being toxic and that is what i used. didnt get sick ar anything. if you go to thy dyi network-do it yourself- they lay it all out for you to follow. just remember to be clean about it. i buy actual tattoo needles. they arnt very expensive and are awsome for shading. good luck everybody.

 

Answer by Violet
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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miss_bittersweet  
I was wondering about your recipe is it 7 or 8 or 7/8 like a fraction?? E-mail: flowersvik98@hotmail.com or coolbabes9842@yahoo.com Thanks.

 

Answer by theratchild
Submitted on 2/4/2004
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I did three dollar signs and a cross on my own like four years ago using India ink... No infection just a hell of a lot of ink all over the place.  Then i went to the tattoo shop and got another cross on my arm and two on my neck and it was a LOT easier... i am all for the self tattooing scene but the ones done professionally tend to be a lot better.
$$$

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 2/4/2004
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I think it's 7/8, like a fraction.

 

Answer by Violet
Submitted on 2/4/2004
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Ok thanks, also if you know of any other recipes that you don't have to use Vodka for that would be nice. i will also look for some. And do you know of any easy ways to get the design on your skin. Since i can't draw very well! It's a superman sign. Thanks ~Violet~

 

Answer by daniel
Submitted on 2/4/2004
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an easy way to get a desing on to your skin is to take the picture you want an trace it on to tracing paper an then go over the picture on the tracing paper till it is dark use ink an go over it on both sides of the paper then put clear deodorant on ur skin then lay the picture over the spot of deoderant then rub more deodorant over the back of the picture an then peal it off an the picture will be there

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/4/2004
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what does a tattoo gun require?

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 2/4/2004
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I found plans for one online...Mostly everything you should be able to get from a dollar store except for a guitar string. (Some music stores will sell them separately, but if you can find somebody who plays guitar and is getting new strings, might as well take their old one...)

http://www.rentyman.com/neatstuff/tattoo.html

I think I'm going to try it this weekend. *crazy happy grin*

 

Answer by daniel
Submitted on 2/4/2004
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i have plans to make a tattoo gun where u dont use a guitar string u use a needle

 

Answer by -ome-
Submitted on 2/4/2004
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Don't Tattoo guns require motors?? Im no mechanic.

 

Answer by daniel
Submitted on 2/4/2004
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yea u take a motor out of a walkman

 

Answer by Chronic Smoke
Submitted on 2/5/2004
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hey Daniel can u send me them plans??? for the needle one cause mine might use some improvment... Chronic_Is_Me@hotmail.com

so u can send plans or if anyone just wants my addy for some reason or another

 

Answer by LolipopGirl540
Submitted on 2/5/2004
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hi i was just wondering how i the best way to give yourself a tattoo which way worked best for yous? well g2g thank byebye

 

Answer by Chronic Smoke
Submitted on 2/5/2004
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My Tattooo worked out awesome !!!!! I'm freakin happy bout it a nice cross on my forearm with a chain attached wrappin round my arm . .
       \_/ smile

 

Answer by Chronic Smoke
Submitted on 2/5/2004
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hey lolipopGirl540  u like to suck??
ahhahaha I'm sorry that was mean... hello anyways

 

Answer by Zarboz
Submitted on 2/5/2004
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chronic your an ass ... the tattoo gun was the best out of any method i tried and i still used the BIC ink for that one but i am goin to work on a ink formula

 

Answer by stephanie
Submitted on 2/5/2004
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list the required stuff for all of your tattoo guns...if you can.

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 2/6/2004
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- bic pen

- 4 or 5" section of guitar string ,second one from the smallest.

- tooth brush

- an eraser from a pencil

- small battery operated motor (from a "walkman" or a hand held fan)

- some tape

 

Answer by Violet
Submitted on 2/6/2004
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Hey I found out some kool stuff. I will get it for you it kinds neat.

 

Answer by stephanie
Submitted on 2/6/2004
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ok, miss_bittersweet, let me know if you get yours to work and how well it does

 

Answer by DragonflyandFairies
Submitted on 2/8/2004
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whoa, this is funny and crazy at the same time. Most of y'all are what 12-15, LOL, damn, well let me just tell y'all that my boyfriend(professional tat artist)saids indian ink is the worst ink you can use, a gun would hurt less than plain needle, you should not use "bic" because is not as thin as tat ink, buy tat ink is not that expensive, and as for the "Stabbing" LOL...Crazy kids! even if you use a needle
-which you shouldn't- you should never stab, you can really hurt yourselves that way, just slightly scratch the surface of the skin. B4 i got with him i used to do my own tat and i never did have the stuff you guys say, and mine are still bright and infection free. But lucky me i get professional work for free! hehehe! take care guys seriously, be careful, don't hurt yourselves! if you have any questions I'll be more than happy to ask my man, and help you guys! later dudes!

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/8/2004
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bittersweet, the tattoo gun that you gave me the instructions for...i don't get it...like, how does it work? where does ink come from? it's confusing me

 

Answer by Zarboz
Submitted on 2/8/2004
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hey miss bittersweet that gun sux major ass and the one that whats his face at aol hade is much better i have the plans i dont knwo how long it would take me to resond though

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 2/8/2004
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I haven't actually tried it yet...Was going to do that this weekend but never got around to it. I just found it online...

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/8/2004
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I'mgonna try it the other way again...the gun is too invasive

 

Answer by written_image
Submitted on 2/9/2004
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Hello! Just thought I'd contribute my little story: When I was about 15 I wanted a tattoo and, much like you guys, I did it myself (on the ankle) with a safety pin and Bic ink. Apparently I didn't do it right, because the blue heart is gone. But, hey, it was cool while it lasted. I'm 21 now, and about to get a *real* tattoo, but I'm just here to say that trying to do your own tattoos isn't stupid. Experimentation is good thing. The art of tattooing wouldn't be here at all if nobody tried it out way back when.

Anyway, if you guys are looking for tattoo gun plans, try here: http://www.diy-auction.com/diy/  under Piercing and Aftercare, or do a search for it there.

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/9/2004
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ok, i went to that site, and it just gave me the same tattoo gun that ive been seeing alot...the "jail house style" someone somewhere mentioned one with a crest spinbrush...any one else heard that?

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 2/11/2004
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Ooh, if you can find the crest spinbrush one let me know...sounds like it would be a lot easier to make and use than the other one, not to mention less bulky.

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/11/2004
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let me see where i found it...
i now have a personal fan...complete with motor and way to hook it to the battery! woo hoo!
http://www.faqs.org/qa/qa-8087.html
that has the girl who used the crest spinbrush...she gave an email address...i'll email her and see what she says

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/12/2004
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bwa haha this sounds sooooo simple!! why the hell am i doing it this other, much more complicated way?
ok, listen up!! this is the crest spinbrush pro version!
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so you want a tat gun but yer #*@!in stupid and cant make one. heres a simple solution. buy a crest spinbrushpro[listen buy the #*@!in pro with the removable head orelse yer gunna be fiddle #*@!in around all day]. remove the head of the brush. now look down the shaft and turn it on. you should see a blunt metal object going up and down #*@!in fast. expose the metal object[this means all you dum #*@!s saw off the shaft the thing that shelters the metal object]. now heat an eraser up until its a little stiff. put it as centered as possible on the metal object. put a needle in the eraser off center and wahla. you can also put super glue on the part of the needle where it sticks in the eraser to keep the needle from jumpin al over and #*@!in yer tat up

now, keep in mind i got this from a website, and i didnt put the #*@! even though you can obviousally get the idea!! whoo hoo! if my tattoo gun doesnt work, i'mso doing it this way!

 

Answer by Dumbass
Submitted on 2/14/2004
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If you can, sent me the plans to a tat gun and tell me what ink to use. I am 17 but don't want to wait 4 the real thing. the_vampire_lestat86@msn.com

 

Answer by airsoft
Submitted on 2/15/2004
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i cut my skin with an exacto after i sterelied it and i just put some permi inck and its been 7 months and its still there and cool

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/15/2004
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hey, dumbass, i have the stuff for you, but when i sent it, it wouldn't go through. let me know a better email address and I'llsend you the stuff

 

Answer by stargazer1300
Submitted on 2/19/2004
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I did a tattoo by myself but it hurt really bad so get it done by a pro!

 

Answer by InkSlinger
Submitted on 2/19/2004
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Well all, lots of people say use india ink lots of people say don't use india ink. well india ink is one of the oldest types and it will stay in your skin...it will fade to a dark green but it will still look good. if you use bic pen ink, be prepared to see that it's faded to lil or nothing in a few months. now as for doin a tattoo on yourself, i'drecommend ink virgins to get it done professionaly. i love doin tattoo's to myself, it hurts more, but ya get over it. if you are to do one yourself, make it small you might want a cover up. i started with lil dime sized tattoos.

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/19/2004
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i finished my heart tattoo on my hip on Friday and it's Thursday and it hurts like hell...it's not really the tattoo its self, but the skin around it because of the tape I'vebeen using to cover it up...DONT USE THAT WHITE TAPE TO COVER YOUR TATTOO!

 

Answer by Jazz
Submitted on 2/20/2004
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I have had homemade tats done, they lasted awhile like a year or so, but slowly faded away, now I am considering going to get a professional one done, can anyone tell me which is more painful, a homemade or pro tat???  Where is the least painful place to have a pro one put???  I was told that anywhere that the skin is really close to the bone is really painful, is that true??

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/21/2004
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mine i did myself didnt hurt too much. it was really funny when i was doing it...it was painful..but funny, so i was like "weee! ow ow ow weee!"

 

Answer by rawpower
Submitted on 2/22/2004
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About the india ink being stupid, how come they use it with cancer patients?

http://www.breastcancer.org/tre_rad_5Tat_pf.html

 

Answer by Code
Submitted on 2/22/2004
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Hey Rawpower  they use it because it has special radation resistent properties that allow cancer rehab specialists to "permantatly mark" the areas of treatment during the course of the treatment.When their treatments are over with they remove it with a laser or a scapel.  

 

Answer by rawpower
Submitted on 2/22/2004
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I also went ahead googled "effects of india ink" and I got this faq. They say its safe to use india ink.

http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1204.html

 

Answer by stephanie
Submitted on 2/22/2004
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dont try it...you already know some of the outcomes if you read what we have already said...but hey, your life, your body, your future...

 

Answer by BigB
Submitted on 2/23/2004
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rawpower
"jailhouse" tats are drawn not pierced. So what they are saying is that you can draw on your skin with india ink w/o a problem. That says nothing about poking it into your skin.

 

Answer by Me/Myself and I
Submitted on 2/24/2004
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Hey, I Did Mine And It Turned Out Great Just Make Sure You Know How To Do It Right!!!

 

Answer by mush
Submitted on 2/24/2004
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I just did it a couple of days ago i broke open a sharpie an got a needle i  put the ink in a pop lid and raped the white thread around it it has to be white and started to poke away i just drew a mush room!!!!!

 

Answer by rrreeeeaaaallyy??
Submitted on 2/24/2004
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really, you raped the thread and you drew a mush room?
that was the funniest sentence I'veever heard...

 

Answer by little c
Submitted on 2/25/2004
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Two days ago i took a safety pin and some bic ink and drew a mushroom and i didnt wipe it off that night and when i woke up i scrubed it real hard with soap and water!!

 

Answer by little c
Submitted on 2/25/2004
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Two days ago i took a safty pin and some bic ink and drew a mushroom and i didnt wipe it off that night and when i woke up i scrubed it real hard with soap and water!!

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 2/25/2004
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well, if your looking for it to stay, you shouldnt have scrubbed it. and you have to break the skin...im me iluvuyesido987.
someone tell me why everyone wants mushroom tattoos, too!

 

Answer by Angel31187
Submitted on 2/28/2004
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Can anyone tell me what kind of ink is the best.  I just gave myself the letter M and a shroom with ink from a bic pen and I think it's going to fade. Any Advice?

 

Answer by FalsePatriot00
Submitted on 2/29/2004
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welp, ast night i did a small tattoo on my inner wrist, and......i took no precausions, i picked up a needle that i recently sewed w/, and gradbbed a sharpie, i just used the needle to cut my skin not poke it, then colored it in roughly w/ the sharpie

....bad idea?
....what should i do to make it come out a little cleaner? just go over it again?

 

Answer by Audrey The Retard
Submitted on 2/29/2004
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Well im pretty new to this too and im already pretty much an artist i'd love to be a ata artist later on in my life well, anyways,
i was woundering is there anything u can take like over the counter drugs to kill the pain while u do it? or even the things that numb ur skin or whatever and do u stab or skratch? whats the least painful place for do-it-yourself tats ? plz email me at bizkits35@yahoo.com or just im me on aim =bulletprofcheese :) plz i really want a tat so any info is jewtastic

 

Answer by sammipunkn riot
Submitted on 2/29/2004
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hey . ive been reading most of what everyone has been saying . and i today decided i am going to give myself a tat too . lol. thanks for all the help and advice i have gotten on here

 

Answer by little c
Submitted on 2/29/2004
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Angel 311 87 the best ink to use is indian ink you can buy it at a art supplies store

 

Answer by falsepatriot00
Submitted on 2/29/2004
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haha, audrey, over the counter numbing substances........ booze, simply booze

 

Answer by playa
Submitted on 3/1/2004
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India ink is the best i have multiple tattoos that where done with India ink and i did not get sick and have had 3 kids since so i really don't see it hurting anyone

 

Answer by Big Muffins
Submitted on 3/2/2004
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hey ya'll7everyone acts like its a bad thing to give yourself a tattoo they are always like u should go to a pro. and get it done or whatever and i think that is someone wants to give theirself a tattoo then go right ahead its a form of self expression
i want to give myself a tattoo but i dont know how and i know that that sounds a little dumb but i really dont know how and if anyone wants to help me out and tell me how that would be great
well peace out ya'll

 

Answer by Danielle
Submitted on 3/4/2004
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ok I did one of a star on my left forearm ( considering I'm right handed). I did it with ink from a sharpie. it staied for like a month and then it came off but now I have a star shaped scar. I am determined to do one myself so any tips... and how deep do I put the needle in? HELP PLEASE!

 

Answer by Realist
Submitted on 3/4/2004
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When people say stab, they're pretty much serious--the needle should go in pretty far, but not far enough to puncture any veins or cause serious damage. (With a safety pin--I'd say about 2-2.5mm)

 

Answer by Audrey The Retard
Submitted on 3/5/2004
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well...humm i tryed to give myself a tat  a few nights ago but seemingly unable all i have was like a safety pin but it was pretty thick so i stabs but u no im weak and feeble minded i couldnt take it...so i put ice on the area for like till the cube melted but still yet...large amounts of pain so is there any way a minor like myself can get some pain relife or however anything is spelled in this whole question?

 

Answer by I did it!
Submitted on 3/6/2004
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So, i took my oral b cross action toothbrush, poped the brush off, got a small piece of the glue (gel like) used on glue guns, went to the kitchen heated the iron piece on the toothbrush inserted the piece of "hard" glue and it stayed like hell, burned the needle, to heated up and it could be placed on the toothbrush,then burned the needle again to sterilize, turn on some loud linkin' park and tattoo my way into a beautiful butterfly on the inside of my left ankle, i did it 3 days ago, no pain no fade, yet. I think this is why it doesn't hurt like hell like it does for others, because the crossaction toothbrush doesn't move a around in a crazy manner or up and down like a real tat gun would. This one move sideways, making it easy for you to scratch ina friendly manner a little below the surface of your skin. My friend actually try this about a couple of months ago and hers was not faded or nasty looking, so i did it, and so far so good, so i think this is a good way to go, if you want, if you dont, i really dont care!  

 

Answer by Audrey The Retard
Submitted on 3/6/2004
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humm im not really getting any help here <_< >_> >_< man...hummm

 

Answer by sun ov satan
Submitted on 3/8/2004
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i used a thin like...beading needle to do my tat...i used india ink...it isn't poisinous...i lit a candle dunked the needle in the wax...that makes the ink stick to the needle better so u don't have to dunk so much...then went on stabin...i went over it 3 times to make it darker...looks pretty good...better than some of my friends tats that they paid 100-200 bucks for...

 

Answer by Audrey The retard
Submitted on 3/8/2004
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that doesnt help my problems u no....

 

Answer by cutiepie
Submitted on 3/11/2004
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I have a K tattooed on my thumb my friend did it with pen ink and i  tried take it out so it scarred but you can still see it it looks cool i have one on my calf too its a heart but its not finished so it looks kinda dumb but if you do it yourself just make sure its even and is fully colored it or else it wont work!!

 

Answer by amanda
Submitted on 3/15/2004
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i just made a tatoo of an eye in my ankle, and im not sure if what is happening to the surounding area is normal. i would like your help, yea, im 15, so i can't tell my parents. its getting swolen, and red, but not to extreame.if it is infeted, is there a way i can treat it myself? please email me @ bartsimpson909@yahoo.com
oh, and by the way, self tattoos are completely awsome. rock on everyone here!!!!!

 

Answer by Krayz satans evilnightmare
Submitted on 3/16/2004
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i have a total of 9 tattoos on my arm that i did with india ink about a yr ago they still look good , and i plan to do more.I took a walkman tape playerpulled out the motor atacted it to a spoon with the scoop of it bent down. The needle was made out of the spring from a bic lighter. Took a pen gott all the ink out of the shaft. to guid the needle.best to use a ball point pen just poke the ball out of the tip of it. Atached the needle to the motor be a little gear from inside the tape player. melted a screw into it so i could adjust the depth of the needle. Hooked it all to a home made foot pedle , and hooked it all to a 12 volt cell phone charger. Played some hard ass music and went to town. And ive had some of my friends want some work done. So i must have done some trhing right or else i wouldnt have the responces i got.  So yes you can do it. Just dont be dumb with what you put on your bodyand you wont regret it.

 

Answer by miss_bittersweet
Submitted on 3/16/2004
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Aloha, one and all...

Just thought I'd give an update on my progress...

The safety pin and bic ink/india ink/sharpie marker didn't quite work for me...the ink didn't stay and I now have a VERY visible spiderweb shaped scar on my left leg. Not sure what I'm going to tell my parents when they see me in shorts in the summer and ask about it...

However, I am a very persistent person and I am going to try the spinbrush type as soon as I have money and it gets warm enough for me to walk over to the drugstore. It is possible I'll bribe my friends to let me practise on them this time, though.

If anybody makes any real progress, please post!

 

Answer by Savage_OneEightSeven
Submitted on 3/16/2004
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I completed my 12th self-attained kanji tattoo.....i use pilot g-2 07 pens and staples in erasers......i have never had swelling or extreme pain and i have done them in the most sensitive spots....any questions from anyone feel free.

 

Answer by geotatman@yahoo.com
Submitted on 3/23/2004
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Well i have done some tat's and i do them with a homemade tat gun like the one on this site( http://www.geocities.com/spike12291986/tattoo-gun.html ) and I have a forum on tattooing (http://geotatman.proboards24.com/index.cgi0) so go to my site and post something you sont to know about tattooing and i will try to help you out

 

Answer by hannah curtis
Submitted on 3/27/2004
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hi i was actually thinking about doing it myself with indian ink and a piece of whale bone to try it like the natives.i might have a go.i dont mind pain it shall be quiet experimental.
greatttt

 

Answer by Satan
Submitted on 3/28/2004
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hey ppl. do not use bic ink!!!
this works and i have done it:
if you have those black rubber bracelet thingys called o-rings from trucks, take a SOFT RUBBER green one and burn it until it goes really black and hard. eventually if you have burnt it enough, you will be able to crush it into a powder. add some water until it gets to a runny ink consistency.
do your tattoo design with this. it works. i get paid to tattoo ppl at college. i have done my own tattoos like this, as well as having a professional butterfly tattoo. i am sixteen and got my pro one done last year with my parents' permission (big shock), and i still prefer the om symbol on my ankle from when i was 10

 

Answer by cory
Submitted on 3/28/2004
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hey can peeps send me there gun plans cuz i wanna do a pentagram on my thigh(so my parents won't see it) anywayz peace
email: gamefreak908@hotmail.com
also my aim s/n is nobraininmyhead0

 

Answer by Hermit
Submitted on 4/3/2004
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You can get gun plans at http://www.tmbamall.com/hermitware/tattooing.htm.  Also contains info about using inks etc.

 

Answer by Mirey
Submitted on 4/4/2004
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Hey everyone, I just gave myself a Sagittarius symbol on my middle finger. (I am really into astrology.) I am 14 and i used a sanitary safty pin and a "Pentel" pen. I will post to see how it worked!!!

 

Answer by stressed out mom
Submitted on 4/5/2004
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my 14 yr.old daughter had a friend give her an india ink tattoo on her ankle this weekend,im worried about it, is that ink really that bad for your health.

 

Answer by sore_&_in_trouble
Submitted on 4/6/2004
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Hey guys, i really need some help!!!
i tried to give my upper-arm a web and i went quite deep. i didn't cover it up and i went to sleep. i woke up and its gone!!! but im still really sore. i need some tips on how far to go in, what ink to use, is a safety pin or needle best and what to cover it up with and for how long!
do i wash the ink off straight away or not. i'm really determined to get a tatt, even though i should wait a year till im 18. i need some help before my dad finds out what im trying to do. i've got snapped bic pens all over my room. HELP!!!!!!!!!!

 

Answer by sore_&_in_trouble
Submitted on 4/6/2004
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i forgot, say that you're doing a star or a heart do you just do the outline or do you fill in the centre?

 

Answer by pepper*
Submitted on 4/7/2004
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Actuly anyone on the bord who said to use bick, is an idiot!! bick+tattoo= poisoning.  definitly use indian ink. i gave myself several tattos + i gave plenty of my friends tattoos.  yes we are all old enough, prfessional ones just cost too much money.

 

Answer by sammy jankis
Submitted on 4/7/2004
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well ive given myself many of "memento like" tattoos and they are all turning out fine. what i use is a needle a bic crystal pen put the needle on the end grab some scotch tape and wrap it around the needle and the pen as tight as possible burn the end of the needle til its red let it cool then i dip the end of the needle into the ink tube and just start scratchin til it bleeds. then after im done i rub more ink ontop. i let the ink dry over night then i put gauze over the area. and shave it daily. and everything works out fine. you know you'd basically have to cut off about a 6x6 inch area of skin and just pour a ton of ink on there for it to get infected.

 

Answer by cory
Submitted on 4/8/2004
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i tried scratching myself and marking in it with a sharpie and that turned out great so far and its been a week though its not the original green i made it i think i better go over it again and get back to you

 

Answer by spike12291986@yahoo.com
Submitted on 4/8/2004
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all of you need a pro to help you,and im a pro so Email me and I will help all of you out. well lets start of with how far to go with the needle" 1/16th of a inch. and for ink use( pelikan drawing ink A )its what all the pro's use to do black work. here is my site on how to make a tat gun(http://www.geocities.com/spike12291986/tattoo-gun.html )and i have a forum on tattooing just ask me something and i will answer it on my forum(http://geotatman.proboards24.com/index.cgi) and my S.N is my Email.

 

Answer by nicoliepie
Submitted on 4/8/2004
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ok so i just gave myself a tattoo and i used a basic needle and ink from a black pen.  and i waited a few hours and then removed the extra ink and i could tell only some of it stayed.  so i went over it and over it.  it really didn't hurt, only at first.  and to the dude that said a half an inch- damn!!!  no way would i do that.  Listen to  spike12291986@yahoo.com.  1/16 of an inch. scratch, don't poke.  poking can get too deep, and hurts more and looks crappy.  dont use indian ink.  i had a very close friend get very sick because of it, and most of you kids are too young to die.  and that is a stupid reason to die.  luckily, my friend told her parents and they got her help, but if u think something is wrong, and can't talk to your parents, see any responsible adult.  a teacher, counselor someone u trust.  and legally, they cannot tell ur parents what u did if u tell them not to.  just so u know.  so good luck! and don't think i'msaying don't tattoo because then i would be a hypocrite.  do it, just BE CAREFUL!!!  ok sorry i wrote too much and now i will shut up.

 

Answer by spike12291986@yahoo.com
Submitted on 4/10/2004
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just so all of you know i think scratching is a bad way to do a tattoo. you need to poke your self 1/16th of a inch,a small tattoo will take about 2 hours to do by hand
so i would be good if you make a tat gun so go to my site(http://www.geocities.com/spike12291986/tattoo-gun.html)and then Email me if you need more info

 

Answer by hurtandvirtue
Submitted on 4/10/2004
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a week ago  i did a heap of dot things with different ink and so far its like BIC ink is the best..
whats the best place to do this tattooing now cause im thinking of doing like something else like a mushroom thanks

 

Answer by cory
Submitted on 4/19/2004
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my scratch 1 didnt turn out too good it more scar than line so that dont work however on the bright side the dots i did on my hand with the second smallest guitar string r still there so peace

 

Answer by Knives
Submitted on 4/23/2004
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Ok I did this to me also, but It was the letters I.F between my pointer finger and thumb. Sometiems I do regret it. but most the time I dont mind. It can hurt more if you do it your self. My advice go to a guy who knows whats hes doing

 

Answer by Lauren
Submitted on 4/24/2004
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I just tried to give myself a tattoo of a heart on that place on my hand where it meets my wrist. in any case, when i can was the smudge of ink off my hand? i don't want it to wash out of the cut. thanks so much

 

Answer by RealTattooArtist
Submitted on 4/26/2004
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First of All what the hell are u thinking even considering doing it yourself. Go to a real tattoo artist such as myself and get one proffessionally done, and if your thinking of doing one buy yourself your either to young and stupid and you will regret it later trust me.

 

Answer by thee almighty underkover
Submitted on 4/26/2004
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   Hey "real tattoo artist" how much do you charge???..most likely to much for a simple tattoo...no doubt its crazy that these youngsters are tatting with "food coloring"(which you shouldnt be using...pelican ink is the best and the ink stays because of the way your penetrating the skin..not because of the ink.) but who are you to tell anyone any sh*t ..you probably drive a lexus. not everyone can afford a $100 tattoo.

 

Answer by 0utkazt
Submitted on 4/26/2004
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I did a tattoo with bic ink and a gun i made myself out of home supplies(VERY EASY) and it looks fine. I have no infections and not one thing has gone wrong with me since. Tons of people told me i would be infected and have my arm amputated but im fine. But be careful in the process anyway.

 

Answer by Lahny
Submitted on 4/26/2004
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I would just like to say that I used india ink and it didn't make me ill.  I didn't get sick at all.  It's been there for over a year now and I love it.  The first time I tried it I used bic ink, and it didn't even last.  I had to go over it with india ink.  Stay safe with it.

 

Answer by andrew
Submitted on 4/27/2004
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hey my friend did his own tattoo with some caligraphy ink (pick it up at a craftstore) and it came out great. you take a large safety pin, wrap it in thread, then cover the thread in ink. it works great. he never got infected or anything, so i tried it. you should really practice though. a good place is the heel of your foot, you dont even feel it. and about deepness, you want to get at least to the second layer of skin. if you dont it will fade. if you have any more questions just email me or IM me at andrew_emmarson@yahoo.com

 

Answer by anthony16
Submitted on 4/27/2004
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ya i am gonna give myself a tat and i just want to know the certain type of ink that is advisable. i gave myself a tat when i was like 13. and it just peeled off in like 3 days. i dont think i went deep enough. but i am gonna make a gun out of a toothbrush,motor,pen,and guitar string..... but ya any suggestions on ink. im just gonna try bic ink for now.

 

Answer by TATTOOED KID
Submitted on 4/27/2004
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YA you can my dad gave me one just last week i am only 11 he does it for free some tattoos you do yourself are good mine is real good a snake

 

Answer by Bedake
Submitted on 4/30/2004
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I have a Hollow point needle for piercings, its 12 guages, thats kinda big for a needle.  Anyways since its hollow i can pour ink into it, think this would work good for a tattoo?

 

Answer by andrew
Submitted on 5/1/2004
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the best ink is caligraphy ink that you get at a craft store. i have used it on all of mine and they are great. you dont even have to let the ink set in, you can wipe it away instantly. and Bedake, that needle wont work correctly, it is more like to put the ink into the bloodstream, because 12 gauge is too big.

 

Answer by someone
Submitted on 5/1/2004
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I still say make a tattoo gun

 

Answer by vallo666
Submitted on 5/3/2004
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I made a tatt gun its pretty scrag looking but it does the job i guess I made a star on my hand between my thumb and pointer finger its pretty nice its a little puffy in this one spot that I went over and over in I also made one on my leg it says nick I dont think either of them are going to stay but if they do that would be sick.I used bic pen ink.can somebody tell me whAT IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST INK TO USE AND CAN YOU JUST BUY REGULAR TATT INK?THANKS

 

Answer by vallo666
Submitted on 5/3/2004
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I made a tatt gun its pretty scrag looking but it does the job i guess I made a star on my hand between my thumb and pointer finger its pretty nice its a little puffy in this one spot that I went over and over in I also made one on my leg it says nick I dont think either of them are going to stay but if they do that would be sick.I used bic pen ink.can somebody tell me whAT IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST INK TO USE AND CAN YOU JUST BUY REGULAR TATT INK?THANKS

 

Answer by spike12291986@yahoo.com
Submitted on 5/5/2004
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well vallo666 the best thing to do is buy tattooing ink..and i sell tattoo ink so if you would like to buy some just Email me at spike12291986@yahoo.com

 

Answer by papi
Submitted on 5/11/2004
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i got a tattoo gun i built and the needle won't stay in place what should i do to improve that? and i also got a jail house tat with just a safely pen and it came out great i used india ink. also when makin a tattoo gun do you have to use a guitar string what else can you use beside'ss guitar string? if i was to say doing something try the safety pen method it works i'vehad my tattoo for about 2 years now and it still looks great.

 

Answer by Greek
Submitted on 5/15/2004
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I got a tat from my friend using bic ink as most of you have tried, it worked well and did not fade. You just have to make sure you poke a lot, I got a small nautical star on my arm it took about 30 mins, try outlining your design 1st then working your way in. Remember you cant poke to much it will just add more color. But dont poke to deep ! If bleeding occurs like it did to me its a good sign that its going in, but you dont want to be bleeding a lot. Im not talking about gushing blood im talking about a lil drop of blood if more then that comes out I would stop immediately and wash with soap and water

 

Answer by cripedyckrap
Submitted on 5/21/2004
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you dum motha f*****s
india ink is F***** removable
its just like drawing on yourself ,just it lasts a lil bit longa..
and what the f*** kind of a question is that...
im 2 seconds away from slappin ya A$$
you dum motha f*****


 

Answer by ian
Submitted on 5/22/2004
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ok,  cripedyckrap, since you know so much about ink, whats the best kind to use for making your own tattoo?

 

Answer by Matt
Submitted on 5/26/2004
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i made a tattoo gun and it works good as far as mechanically but i dunno what kinda ink to use b4 i do it any help would be great email me please skaterboi111887@yahoo.com and on this site theres full instructions on how to make a tattoo gun http://www.freewebs.com/skinjabtattoos/buildgunstencilandshade.htm

 

Answer by Izabell
Submitted on 5/27/2004
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I was just looking at all these posts and there's alto of people who think that Indian ink is bad.  I have two wonderful tattoos that i did with Indian ink and all my friends tattoo with Indian ink and i never once heard anything about it making you ill.  Although i did hear that some people might be allergic to it. Well anyways right now i am working on making a gun. I'm so excited. well bye

 

Answer by daveuk89
Submitted on 5/29/2004
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does any one know how to make a tattoo gun like a prison gun. if you do please email me instructions (with pictures if possible) to davidsnewtonuk@yahoo.co.uk

 

Answer by Rashida
Submitted on 5/29/2004
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hey pplz i just gave my self a tat on my left hand wit just a needle and blue ink from a pen it didnt hurt at all and no infection or any thing its coo im 15 and so i cant let my parents know but if you want to give your self a tattoo just make sure you dont push the needle in to far so you would bleed cause thats not good but always clean the needle
                          gone

 

Answer by ian
Submitted on 6/1/2004
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your supposed to bleed a little bit. lets you know the ink is going in. if you get a tattoo at at professional shop youll bleed a bit sometimes. so bleedings fine just not a lot.

 

Answer by stonned_skater_2007
Submitted on 6/2/2004
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I gave my self a tat about 2 years ago... My friend told me to mix the ink with a little bit of toothpaste so its thicker... it worked great its still just as clear as when i first did it.... Make sure you push the needle far enough were you bleed or it wont stay... ( a regular sewing needle works great)

 

Answer by ian
Submitted on 6/2/2004
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india ink should actually work great.its thinner which is good and it holds great. my brother whos in prison has got about 5 tattoos since hes been there and they are all medium/large in size and are amazingly good. and hes been using higgens india ink.

 

Answer by Branny
Submitted on 6/3/2004
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I've given 9 tattoos with india ink and haven't heard any complaints yet. Just make sure you know exactly what you want and it's not something you are going to regret. I say go for it, if not, I'll do it for ya.

 

Answer by MacTownG.
Submitted on 6/3/2004
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I just go through putting a tattoo with Bic ink. About 3hours ago and it's fine. I did it with a sewing needle. Make sure you go deep enough until you bleed just a bit. I put the tattoo on inside of my forearm.

 

Answer by ian
Submitted on 6/4/2004
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i tried bic ink but it all washed out within a week.

 

Answer by tattooed-git
Submitted on 6/8/2004
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ok i have done a lot of home brewn tattoos since i was 13 im now 19,ive always used black indian ink and a sewing needle,i wrap a lot of string round the tip do it limits the depth the needles inserts thru the skin and its acts as a sponge to squash the ink into ur skin,ive done mine on my hands arms and chest and with time and a bit of effort it looks well neat,just boil the needle and bang a bit of tcp on when u finish!sorteeed

 

Answer by cory
Submitted on 6/12/2004
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tcp???

 

Answer by smo-k
Submitted on 6/14/2004
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i jus tat'd my ankle and i dont think it work how do yall use a needle when i use a needle the ink goes everywhere and i cant see where ive poked and not poked so please help

 

Answer by ICEMAN
Submitted on 6/14/2004
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I made a tattoo gun and i use india ink i have 14 tattoos and no complaints

 

Answer by confidentialFOOL
Submitted on 6/16/2004
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when i was fifteen, i used a needle and the ink from a black bic pen to tattoo a heart on the palm of my hand purely out of boredom. the tattoo lasted for only about two months. i didnt clean the needle beforehand, but i did not see any infection. it was not painful. if anyone has more advice on how to make it more permanent, i would like to know.

 

Answer by Nick
Submitted on 6/17/2004
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Hey I just gave myself a tatty last night and I'm just curious how long I have to wait till I have to wait till I can go swimming, does the chlorine affect it in any way???

 

Answer by youngrome
Submitted on 6/17/2004
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it will work. my boy gave me a tattoo on my ankle like 2 years ago, n it still looks like it did the day it was done. no infection of ne thing

 

Answer by Kay
Submitted on 6/19/2004
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I totally understand wanting to do all this to yourselves. But, seriously, is this really smart? And, if you say who cares, YOU SHOULD. It's your body but if you want it go to someone who knows what they're doing. You all mention trying different things over and over till it gets right. GET IT PROFESSIONALLY DONE- its a one time thing.

 

Answer by Mom
Submitted on 6/19/2004
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Seriously think about it before you get a tattoo.  I got a tattoo when I was 22, it's a very pretty tattoo, nicely done.  I can't cover it up all the time, and it has caused some problems in my life.  I'm 33 now, and a professional which I never dreamed I would be.  There are tons of situations where it's not cool at all.  I'm not against tattoos, just you kids think about your future, tons of situations.  My husband's mother gave me hell all the time because I had a tattoo.  At work and work-related functions.  A large number of people that matter in my life for whatever reason, family, my job, my son's school, look down on people with tattoos.  Even though I don't agree or like it, those people affect my every day life.  Try to get tattoos that you can show off when  you want and cover up when it's "inappropriate."  Be safe guys!

 

Answer by Jester's Inc.
Submitted on 6/20/2004
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I am a professional tattoo artist out of Venice beach california...I've been doing tattoo'ssince i was 14,sure i tried all the different ways,India,Indian,sewing needle and a home made machine, i got my first professional tattoo when i was 16 and WHAM! I gave up the ole school and went for the gun. I don't think it's wise to do the food coloring thing or any kind of ink for that matter too many things can go wrong with a unsteril needle and ink,first of all,India ink(man made} will fade in about two or three years and being alcohol based it can easily get really infected depending on the skin and you kinda have to really push it in to get it to stay{ouch} LOL-however Indian ink{natural} can last a life time ,IF DONE CORRECTLY...i'm not saying it's a good idea...i'm 27 yrsold and I'mstill perfecting and honing my skill i do at least ten to twelve tattoos a week and i see all kinds of "jail house style" tattoos that they or there buddies did when they where about 15 but most artist{me included} like it when people do there own tattoos it makes business for us down the road. tattooing takes years of practice and a lifetime to perfect. so if you still wanna do it make sure it's something you can cover up easily
                      peace out
                     Jester's Inc.
                      The Jester

 

Answer by xgothicromancex
Submitted on 6/20/2004
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YEAH I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT IF U WANT TO GET A TAT JUST GET IT I MEAN IT DOSNT MATTER WHAT AGE U ARE MAN ITS WHAT EVER FLOATS YOUR BOUT. AND YEAH ITS OKAY TO DO A TAT WITH INDIAN INK I GOT TWO TATS AND THERE STILL LOOKING GOOD AFTER 5 YEARS. BUT HEY EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN OPPINION.

 

Answer by Me
Submitted on 6/25/2004
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How do you do that greywash tattoo & how much water to add?,& how do you do the powder shading too?

 

Answer by heather
Submitted on 6/25/2004
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hey um i was reading on how to dos and dont's of homemade tattoos and i used a BIC Dark Blue ink pen and a regular sowing needle. I have had it for maybe an hour and it hasn't been budged it anything that i have tried to put on it and i wiped the excess ink off as soon as i did it. I put a quarter size star on my ankle and no pain. use dots the scratches go away i know from past experiences. oh and baby oil helps get the excess ink off.

 

Answer by The 1 and only sniper
Submitted on 6/25/2004
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im new to this tattooin thing but i have a homemade machine and i made it my self and ive done tats on all my friends and my mom and my cousins and my self i have my initials on my hands a p on my rite and a s on my left and the west coast choppers cross on my leg wit rip p.s on it for my grandpa and its been doin real good no infections or nuttin and its already healed in like a week and i use some kind of black ink and my tats been lookin real good no fadin or nuttin and to keep ur tats from fadin keep em out of the sun.

 

Answer by confused
Submitted on 6/27/2004
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do you think you couls use papermate pen ink if you do not have bic ink?   is that safe?

 

Answer by mfs
Submitted on 6/29/2004
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how do you hide it from your parents when it's somewhere as open as your ankle or hand? i was thinking about somewhere on my hip... but my mom might see it when im swimming or something.

 

Answer by Inmate14278
Submitted on 6/30/2004
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if you ppl want to know how to make a tattoo gun go to www.skinjabtattos.tk. this site has excellent instructions on how to make it.i have made one and currently only have one tattoo, a heart with my g/f's initials in it. it doesn't look to good but i used a sewing needle not my gun. the gun if made properly works much better then a needle and ink. peace out.

 

Answer by Inmate14278
Submitted on 7/1/2004
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If you want a tattoo that looks good i suggest a professional or at least get sumone who can draw decent art if you cannot draw very well yourself. Peace out.

 

Answer by sk8er3199
Submitted on 7/4/2004
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Hey people i to am determined to give myself a tat. But i have some questions. Will making yourself bleed and then rubbing on ink work as well? Also sanitation, what is the best way to sanitize the needle?

 

Answer by TEX 20/13
Submitted on 7/6/2004
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I've done tattooing with homemade ink from burned plastic and shampoo to india ink for 10 yrs in prison and was one of the best in the system!!!  Still even though I personally like the single needle look and shading and do just as good with homemade tools and ink as some so cqalled pro's outta a shop>  I would save and get a real tattoo from a expert with the style I like not just a"tattoo" only because I know that a tattoo is forever and  some tattoos i do are near perfect I know a couple years later they'll start to spread and loose the detail. but you get what you pay for.

 

Answer by Smoof
Submitted on 7/8/2004
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Hey, i  just did a tattoo on my thigh yesterday, kinda a semi outline of a les paul and it looks really good, just needs touching up a few more times because i just used a sewing needle.  I used bic ink, but i was wondering if that would stay very long.  Is burned plastic better than bic ink? Anyone know the difference?

 

Answer by warning892111
Submitted on 7/9/2004
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i had a friend give me a tattoo using a needle nd Indian ink.. it worked quit well.. ( I'm 14 by the way) nd it didn't hurt but i like pain..anyways.. at first it was puffy..but thats cause he just did it.. otherwise next day it seemed just fine.. its a bunny so he had to fill it in.. he did it once just outline.. again outline nd filled it in he has to fill it in again though.. iv had it fer.. a lil less then a month nd I'm fine! no reactions


 

Answer by Maria
Submitted on 7/10/2004
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i'mjust about to give myself a tattoo,this board really helped me out alot. i already have a tat i gave myself about a year ago but it's really faded. but when i did it i didnt even do any research or anything. the method i'mgoing to use this time is scratching myself with a needle (sterilized) until i bleed a little (just to know i broke the skin) then carefully putting ink into the cut.  then i'lljust bandage it and not wash off the excess ink until i think the skins a little grown over. my friend did this 3 years ago and it's still there. good luck everyone!

 

Answer by AlleyTheRuler
Submitted on 7/10/2004
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I want to thank you ppl for your sharing your advice, expiriances , and warnings. I've been wanting to do a tat on myself for a while(I belive self-made tats are more personal and special), but I didn't know where to begin or what to do . I think I'll just use a safety pin and pen ink. Does green ink show or does the color of the ink really not matter????...I'm doing a shamrock :D, I'm doing it as soon as i get some feed back, so feel free to email me with any tips / alley_girl77@yahoo.com

 

Answer by Maria
Submitted on 7/10/2004
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AlleyTheRuler,
i don't think it really matters what color the ink is, it just depends on how long you want it to stay. I recomend outlining it in black for a more promising finish...where are you putting it, by the way?

 

Answer by AlleyTheRuler
Submitted on 7/10/2004
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I'm putting it on my wrist left hand on the side where my thumb is...Yeah i think i will outline it w. black. Do i poke the skin or scratch at it ???

 

Answer by Maria
Submitted on 7/11/2004
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oh my god... i just realized this, but that's EXACTLY where i put mine. only it's a star. do you mean the side of your wrist?
<3Maria

 

Answer by AlleyTheRuler
Submitted on 7/12/2004
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yes, thats what i mean...like on the left side of my left wrist.

 

Answer by mari harison
Submitted on 7/13/2004
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well me and my cuzin tryed usin india ink to make tattoos. and they didnt stay. how the hell would u make it stay?

 

Answer by Lil Poker
Submitted on 7/15/2004
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Since I am a Professional Piercer in a well established Body Art Shop, I get to see lots of ppl come in with childhood or self done tats, and the same ole question: CAN YOU FIX THIS OR COVER IT UP?  You want something special to you?  Write, draw, or scribble it yourself and have a Pro actually do it right the first time around.

 

Answer by Adamski
Submitted on 7/16/2004
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it's Regardless wether a pro does it or not!
I mean obviously wether your a talented artist or not, its much easier for someone to tattoo you than you tattoo yourself..
Ive got a fair few tats n piercings, all of my ears i did myself with a gun. And Most of my stomach i did myself, all having meaning. But saying that, i didnt use a gun for them, jus a needle, bic and a lighter..
And compared to my tats that where done at my friends shop. theres not much diffrence. So it's just the luck of the draw wether it stays or fades.. But always be clean, Otherwise you will end up with something like septasemia or something else quite nasty! Peace One

 

Answer by mayathebee
Submitted on 7/17/2004
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I had India ink done on me.  Ive had my india tat done about 3 years ago and I haven't had any problems! That was my first tat, and I don't regret it at all! I say go ahead as long as you sterilize everything, and have someone who knows how to do it youll be good!!!

 

Answer by u.k.a.
Submitted on 7/18/2004
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EVERYONE IAM 36 WHEN I WAS 13 I I PUT A TATTO ON MY WRIST WITH INDIAN INK IT FADE TO A NICE GREEN LOOK LIK A REAL TATTO BUT THE WHOLE TAT IS STILL WERE I PUT IT

 

Answer by the_only_smart_one_here
Submitted on 7/21/2004
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You kids are playing a dangerous game. It may not show now, but in years it will. That is why the professionals are the ones with the tattoo equipment. It is also why tattooing inks are used by the pros. The smartest thing for any of you to do would be to pay the money it cost for a professional tat that will be as brilliant 40 years from now as it was the day it was done. I have seen tats done with India ink, they will fade or look like a blob of ink in the skin. I personally think you need to grow up and wait until you are of age to decide what you want.....

 

Answer by TatMan83
Submitted on 8/6/2004
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Contrary to popular belief India Ink is not a bad Ink to use!!  I have use one brand for three years an never had a problem!!  I use Bombay India Ink!!  BIC ink on the other hand is not a good tattoo ink!!  India Ink was the first Tattoo ink used!!  The BIC ink is actually unsafe to use as a Tattoo ink it is toxic to the body!!  The Bombay India Ink is a non-toxic ink!!  Yes the saftey pins and sewing needles work but are best used when in a Tattoo Machine!!  I personaly make my own Machines out of home items!!  The depth the needle needs to reach is no more or less than 1 millimeter into the skin!!  Any deeper into the skin and it will cause more of a possability of infection and cause the Tattoo to not be as bright!!  I do recemend that you truly think long and hard about the tat that you want!!  I have a couple tats that I wish to remove or cover up!!  The only downside to using India Ink is the fact that it is hard to remove from the skin by lasers!!  If you would like instructions on how to make a quality homemade Tattoo Machine contact me via e-mail at jwp283@att.net with the words Tat Gun in the subject colum!!

 

Answer by cory
Submitted on 8/6/2004
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we dont really give a F***

 

Answer by Obsolescenttears@aol.com
Submitted on 8/6/2004
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Hey loves giveing yourself your own tattoo is a wonderful experience.  though it can be dangerous so be careful not to over do it. also dont put something that you will regret later think ahead.

i was drunk and had a girlfriend carv a mutant face into my ankle... yeah good old days anyway i have re done it several times recently i re opened it and put indian ink well ink inside and got an intresting finish and i know im going to regret it later and such but it was a fun first.

i have some needles now but i use mostly razors . make sure you steralize them.


 

Answer by lil Z
Submitted on 8/6/2004
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1st of all india ink is DEFINATLY not poisous. i have j.a.b.j. in cursive letters i had a friend do for me on my upper arm and it looks nasty. he did it with india ink a year ago and it still looks brand new. india ink will stay forever and is the darkest. ive done 9 tattoos an random people with a sewing needle wrapped in string so that only 1/8th of an inch of the needle actually goes in. i urned the tip of a the needle till it turned red and then dipped it in cold water. i used india ink for all the tattoos ive done and none of the people had any problems, and the tattoos still look new and its been like a year since ive done them.

 

Answer by shmeg
Submitted on 8/10/2004
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hey! when I was younger I found the best way to do "slow poke" homemade tattoos without a gun was to use india ink in a syringe. you apply enough presure so that the needle is dripping just a bit from the end, and it will keep dripping for a few seconds, then you basically just poke away, but it puts the ink in really well, plus syringes are nice and sharp, I have a feeling alot of you arnt peircing deep enough. anyways have fun kiddies.

 

Answer by gelhead
Submitted on 8/11/2004
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what exactaly is india ink

 

Answer by joseph
Submitted on 8/13/2004
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i carve myself if u want a tattoo n know it will go away carve yourself it always works but i am goin to get tattoos  by a pro they sterylize the ink,,,id give myself an ink 1 but it will infect me thats y im goin to wait on this 1 i dont wanna get infected

 

Answer by cory
Submitted on 8/14/2004
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do you think we give 2 shi*t*s

 

Answer by cory
Submitted on 8/16/2004
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do u think we give two sh*ts?

 

Answer by danny_uk84@hotmail.com
Submitted on 8/17/2004
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I have just done loads of tattoos. I gave my self my daughters initials on my arm. I used a sewing needle and dipped it into gel pen ink. they are great and really dark. I had no problems. does anyone know where I can buy some proper ink from? the only bad thing about using gel pen ink is well my mate used this ink and his tattoo went green after about 2 years. oh yea don't ever use ink out of a printer cause it fades with in a week.

 

Answer by Tony
Submitted on 8/20/2004
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i have four tats with india ink, one on my back, forearm, upper arm, and wrist, and they all stayed there, and they are nt goin anywhere, but, i wish i would of done it with an actual, machine and not a homemade, rotary style, gun, go to a pro

 

Answer by Nick D.
Submitted on 8/22/2004
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Do you poke the needle in your skin up and down each time?

 

Answer by cory
Submitted on 8/23/2004
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wtf if we cared we wouldnt be here

 

Answer by KURTCOBAIN
Submitted on 8/23/2004
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hey, i got a quick question. is there any difference between 'india' and 'indian' ink? if there is, what is the best stuff to use? i have indian right here, but i could get the other stuff if it;s better.

 

Answer by jj
Submitted on 8/24/2004
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hey i did a tattoo on my hand right between my thumb and index finger last night using a safety pin and higgins india ink. i poked just deep enough for it to bleed a little. i was wondering if there is anything i can do before it completely heals to make it fade some. thanks

 

Answer by cory
Submitted on 8/29/2004
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Ficken du!... german

 

Answer by cory
Submitted on 8/29/2004
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Ficken du!... german

 

Answer by coryb
Submitted on 8/30/2004
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Ficken du!... german

 

Answer by JonZ
Submitted on 9/4/2004
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Okay, like how deep should the needle go. i wanna tattoo something on my forearm using a needle and just regular pen ink. is that okay!?

 

Answer by oona337
Submitted on 9/4/2004
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ok you guys thanks for all the advice i think i'll try the "spinbrush gun" it sounds the best but as far as ink i'm really not sure. my best bet would prolly be the ink recipe and i have lots of vodka. i'm putting a spider on my hip.
ROCK ON FREE WORLD!

 

Answer by tomey
Submitted on 9/5/2004
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hey guys ive been trying to give myself a tattoo and im not sur weather its working, i used the needle (steralised) with the BIC ink and just pierced my sking with a little bit of in on the end of the needle, each time i pierced my skin i put a fresh dab of ink on, there is still abit of excess ink on but i aint sure weather its worked or not, is there any1 out there who can give me some exact instructions on how to do it thanks

 

Answer by nevaeh
Submitted on 9/12/2004
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you can do it your self but if u wanna get a professional u can rele count on go to berkely Caflifornia those guys noe wat theyre doing

 

Answer by Michelle
Submitted on 9/14/2004
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yeah yall see -- like i juss did one like last week and i covered it up with a bandade and all that stuff but like now im kinda wanting it out becuase every one at my school knows -- and its of this kids name that i like -- and i juss want to get rid of it somehow -- what should i do?

 

Answer by bored*sleepy
Submitted on 9/15/2004
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um........yeah..........for all those ppl who r dissin this, i know yall cant tell me that yall aint ever done nuthin stupid or dangerous, and if u havent your a freakin loser, you cant run from fate, everyone will die eventually, anyway, im 13 ive tried to pierce my belly button twice, but it wouldnt go thru and i wuz still half asleep so that didnt help, ahaha, it was all crooked and swollen.i am gonna give my self a tat cuz i am bored and i have been readin this for a while and it sounded interesting, at first when i got home from school i hated everyone, as usual, so i wuz like, i'lljust slice my arm a couple times and fill it with sharpie, but then i got lazy and i was like, dang i wanna do sumthin worthwile, so here i am bout to give myself a tattoo,sry i wrote so much, i dont really have anyone to talk to cuz i cant trust any1 and my sis moved out a year ago to live with her b/f cuz she got pregnant, so im all alone, i know i sound whiney and im sry, but i CANT talk to anyone this seriously, theyll think im suicidal and look at me like im crazy, even tho i dont really care if i die, it would not be self inflicted. thank u if u have the patience to read this and reply
bye

 

Answer by Dragon_demons_claws
Submitted on 9/16/2004
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yo man the_only_smart_one_here ur dumb man i do tats for ppl im not a prof but i have been doing it for 4 years and dude what the hell man and u dont know what dangerous is my advice is to u guys find a none toxic ink or dye then u cant get ink poisoning and it will look good and if ur not the best person at dralwing get some traceing papper and find a pic u liek tape it to were u want it and go tough my freind dose that he has awsom tats ok so i dont care what ppl tell u do what u think is right man dumb assis who tell u what is right i got a msg jake off thanks guys

 

Answer by ivan
Submitted on 9/17/2004
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i used india ink and my tattos are great just touch ups every couple of days though

 

Answer by tony
Submitted on 9/18/2004
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i need help i gave myself a dot just to see and now its puffy and red with green around the hole what do i do???

 

Answer by reaperavery
Submitted on 9/21/2004
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yes i have done it and they still look great

 

Answer by sublime420
Submitted on 9/23/2004
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all i did for my two tattoos is put ink from a pen on my skin in the shape i wanted it and then poked myself many and many of times in the spot with the ink and it stayed perfect.  i think the people who say pen ink doesnt work are just scared that it'll hurt but it doesnt at all...but it does bleed just to warn you.  i have a star on the under part of my forearm and a peace/ equality sign on my thumb.  they stay...and didnt get infeccted.  plus i like to look at it and know i did it and not some stranger.  its more rewording that way

 

Answer by tribal cross
Submitted on 9/27/2004
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i am a 17 male in maryland. So far i have 7 tattoos. i bought the tattoo kit off ebay for like 350$. i did all my tattos except the tribal on my neck. i have been doing tattoos for almost 2 years now and i have seen tattoos of ppl that would use BIC ink. let me just say in about a year or two in will scab up and leak ink or it will get real swelled up. the best way to do it is make a tattoo gun email me if you want directions on making it.lowerdintegra90@aol.com

 

Answer by The one and only pink rabbit
Submitted on 10/2/2004
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DO IT!!!! if nothing else it'll be something to tell the grandkids =D   xxx

 

Answer by Paul From Oz
Submitted on 10/4/2004
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I'm gonna go buy some indian ink and Tattoo a small cross on the inner side of my left wrist, Bout this size |----|

Would a thread wrapped around a needle work? How long would it stay for?

 

Answer by Midget
Submitted on 10/4/2004
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india ink is fine, I have 6 india ink tattoos and some i did do myself and yeah they do look good, i have given other people tattoos, not because they were to young or low on cash, they just wanted a home done one. Its not bad, you can get an infection, but if u STERALIZE THE NEEDLE, like your saposed to you should be fine. GO to a pro (recomended) or you can to it yourself, just be careful

 

Answer by shorty696969
Submitted on 10/5/2004
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hey Chris how did you make your tattoo gun thingy i am really interested in tattoos and i want to make my own for now but i dont know how too do it i have like three colors of India ink but dont know how to make the gun can you help me

 

Answer by glove_below_homies702@hotmail.com
Submitted on 10/10/2004
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any single chicks that are 14-15 email me at this address and I will give u da instructions to make da perfect tat gun send me a pic if u want


love da 14 year old vegas

 

Answer by TaTMaN
Submitted on 10/13/2004
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Well, at this moment i have just givin my self a tattoo on my right hand of a Ü i was curious so i didnt go much into detail untill i see what it looks like healed then i will continue on with my cross. but i like it. All i did was sterilize a needle carved in to my skin and filled it in with ink no pain and looks fine so far. just figured i would put my 2 cents in :)

 

Answer by Ashley Elise
Submitted on 10/17/2004
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I have a question...im using a Pilot G-2 with a .05 point...but anyways, it's blue, and im putting an A on my hip, of coarse my mom doesnt no about it, but how long will it take for me to do an A thats like and inch high?...j/w...and do you think this ink will work?

 

Answer by e~~~.:*EM*:.~~~e
Submitted on 10/17/2004
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hi, i just did my tattoo two days ago.  i have always wanted one, but decided at fourteen, that i should do it now.  i know it sounds stupid, but i did it because i was upset and felt like being rebellious towards my parents. childish, huh?  oh well, i don't regret it, but i want to know what to use to clean everything.  i used alcohol to clean the sewing needle and my skin, and i used a permanent marker.  i poked my skin a little, then put ink on the needle and poked it again, used the needle to scratch it and put the ink over it and wiped it with alcohol (HELLA PAINFUL!!)  its still there, but when i poked and inked again in a few places, it bled a little in some places.  ummm, ... help?

 

Answer by cujo
Submitted on 10/21/2004
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i gave myself a dagger tattoo on my penis back when i was younger, but now that i am older and more mature i have found that the dagger doesn't turn into a sword much anymore... i really regret it is what i am trying to say.

 

Answer by Reader
Submitted on 10/27/2004
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I can't believe the people here commenting on India ink and how it's toxic. It's a load of b/s as usual I have had a tat with India ink for 7 yrs now with no side effects. My children are fine lol in fact India ink is used by doctors which is a relatively new procedure. Study a bit before you make under educated comments pls.

http://www.endonurse.com/articles/271feat5.html

http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1204.html

There are plenty more professional sources that would agree with me but I choose not to waste my time. :)

And to all that reads this a tat is for life what looks cool at 16, 17, 18 may not be appealing at 65. It something that should be thought about hard before you go ahead and do it.

 

Answer by kid_Sensation36
Submitted on 10/30/2004
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Yes you can use india ink I have done it multiple times but thats different but I would agree with most go to a Respected artist unless you know what your doing with the needle and hand skill dont do it either that or build a home made tattoo gun but believe me if you can go to a respected tattoo artist it may cost more but its worth it also on that fact you cant do as much detail with the needle and hand as you can with a tattoo gun and also if you dont know what your doing there will be very small but to a person who knows tattoos visible skin spaces in the tattoo and if you want a tattoo that bad you depending on the state you can get a tatto when your 16 and it also depens on the artist cause there are alot of artists that wont tattoo minors good luck oh yeah and dont listen to the retard telling you to use bic ink that can get infected or give you gangreen it will also give you ink poisioning and its not permenent i am currently aprentacing to be a tattoo artist

 

Answer by kid_Sensation36
Submitted on 10/30/2004
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Yes you can use india ink I have done it multiple times but thats different but I would agree with most go to a Respected artist unless you know what your doing with the needle and hand skill dont do it either that or build a home made tattoo gun but believe me if you can go to a respected tattoo artist it may cost more but its worth it also on that fact you cant do as much detail with the needle and hand as you can with a tattoo gun and also if you dont know what your doing there will be very small but to a person who knows tattoos visible skin spaces in the tattoo and if you want a tattoo that bad you depending on the state you can get a tatto when your 16 and it also depens on the artist cause there are alot of artists that wont tattoo minors good luck oh yeah and dont listen to the retard telling you to use bic ink that can get infected or give you gangreen it will also give you ink poisioning and its not permenent i am currently aprentacing to be a tattoo artist oh yeah and p.s tattoo ink is just a form of india ink i have been tattooing sense i was 11 and now am 17 soon to be 18

 

Answer by LoLLiE
Submitted on 11/1/2004
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hey guys... new to this whole thing... really want to give myself a tat.... talked to a friend and they've said to use India ink??? but most of u are saying not to ... if any of u can help please email me....  

cheekie_chickie69@hotmail.com...

this is really important at the moment... please help...
thanks guys



 

Answer by tattoocrazy
Submitted on 11/3/2004
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I would just like to say that i have several tattoos a rose,butterfly,double hearts,my husbands name,2 crosses,chinese symbol for luck,the word angel, and 2 dolphins around a yen yang symbol all where done by me with a sewing needle and india ink that i paid 3 dollars for and my sister paid 80 dollars for a butterfly done pro but mine looks better. but i am going to buy some real tattoo ink so i can do colored ones

 

Answer by jaydude
Submitted on 11/4/2004
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im 15 and really dumb and im gonna get a tattoo done by bree one of my friends and we r gonna use a fountain pen that u dip into ink... (one of the older types) and she has to peirce my skin.. it worries me coz she has never done this before..but i will be straight with u's... im doing it 4 a jackass movie we r making. it is the second one coz we have already made a series 1.. and we have ran out of ideas so im gonna go through hell to get sum people to laugh at me coz we cant think of anything else.. and i want to no wut will help me to not get an infection on my back so if u no anything that will stop any chance of ink poising tell me please... just so u no, im going to do this... and no one will stop me! ?????

 

Answer by Isaac
Submitted on 11/8/2004
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I used India ink and my tats came out good.
dont use pen ink cause its messes up your skin bad.I have 24 homemade tats. I not proud of some of them cause they are gang related.I am only 15.I got all my tats in one year.But be careful on how you do your tats and what you get. Laters

 

Answer by andrew
Submitted on 11/8/2004
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yes, the_only_smart_one_here does make a good point, but i believe that what really matters is the moment. who cares what we will think in the future. and if you really don't like it you can get it removed. i have tattoos i did a long time ago and i don't regret them. just because you get i when your young doesn't mean you will regret it and kill yourself.

 

Answer by mark
Submitted on 11/9/2004
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Ya man my friend gave him self a tattoo a year ago and it SUCKS! I am only 15 but at the time i was 14. And i at least had the common sense to have my friend act like my dad with a respected artist. By the way my "friend" is a well known dumbass who got kicked out of his mom's house and is either in juvee or CYA.

 

Answer by Krayzie Klown
Submitted on 11/9/2004
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Well I Always Use India Ink, It Works Best But Only If You Choose To USe It, Its Up To You.Though You Must Be a Good Artist  To Make Tattoos.I'm A Mexican So I Know Why Mexicans Give Tattoos To Themselves And Others. So It Is Up To You Gangsters And Citizens.

 

Answer by juggalo
Submitted on 11/11/2004
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its great do it!!

 

Answer by keylin
Submitted on 11/13/2004
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i have done a tatto with permanent marker and stabing it with a burn tip  needle it will stay the few days you have it but then it will look like a scar

 

Answer by CRaZy KiD
Submitted on 11/13/2004
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hey guys that want to make a tattooing machine i have the instructions for one!!!!!!!

 

Answer by Fruity_Tooty
Submitted on 11/18/2004
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hey i me and my friend wanna do tattoos to ourselves. I wondered about a push pin...or is a needle the best way to go. And what about permanent marker?

 

Answer by JCxHC
Submitted on 11/20/2004
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omiword my last post was damd long. umm, if ne1s interested in branding, get hold of a stick of incense(its thin and givs fine detail), light it, use it to draw on ur skin(apply slight pressure) and wen it scabs up, pick off the scab so it will scar nicely(it helps a lot). its longer lasting than carving it with a blade(most of my carvings have faded, even the deep ones). branding scars r cool coz they show up wen ur body gets hot or cold. wicked sick

 

Answer by bonghit
Submitted on 11/21/2004
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I agree with the above i have 2 tats one on inside elbow on on ankle and both are home made gun made however even a homemade usually is not as good as a proffessional that is why they are called professionals because they know what they are doing.

 

Answer by God_Of_Fooowk
Submitted on 11/23/2004
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I tattooed the word "BELIEVE" onto the top of my arm last week. I scratched it then put the ink in but it didnt stay so ive been retouching it since with proper medical needles and pen ink and it seems to have done the trick. Its looks alright and even if it didnt it would still mean alot to me because I did it. If you want a tattoo folks, just do it. Screw anyone else, do it for yourselves. Peace xx

 

Answer by explicitcontent
Submitted on 11/25/2004
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im trying to get my boy to do crip tattos on my back he says he will but will bic ink last forever i wish the thing will cuz i keep screwing up the signature with my fake id and it is getting me questioned at every place i go to... i really dont care about getting sick but will bic ink do alot of damage

 

Answer by Ghostrider
Submitted on 12/5/2004
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I am 14 and i used a non sterilized safety pen( yes that was stupid) and dipped it in Bic black pen ink and put three dots on my hand jus 4 fun (then I didn't know it was a gangsa sign. Its still there and I did it about a month ago. Then today I put a name going across my thumb. I used a sewing needle and the same Bic ink. I'll tell ya if it stayed.

 

Answer by C R I P....H-town to Eagle Lake Tx
Submitted on 12/5/2004
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IM NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU DIE OR GET ILL SO IF YOU DO YOUR SCREWED.JUST JOKIN

Iíve personally used this so I know it works.
Things youíll need:
bic pen (this is your tube that houses the needle)
4 or 5" section of guitar string ,second one from the smallest. ( this is your needle)
tooth brush ( this gets bent like a "7" and joins the pen to the motor)
an eraser from a pencil (this joins the shaft of the motor to the needle/guitar string)
small battery operated motor (from a "walkman" or a hand held fan)
some tape (to join everything together)

Putting the pieces together:
Take the guitar string and bend a little bit of the end down or up.
Take out the ink tube of the pen, and cut it to about a 3 or 4" length, now file down the brass tip of the pen to get the ball out, make the hole big enough to allow passage of the needle.
Insert the needle into the pen.
Now take the tooth brush and cut off the bristles making it about 4" long. Heat it up in the middle with a lighter and bend it in to a "7" and hold in place untill stiff.
Join/tape the pen needle assembly to the tooth brush.
Now take the eraser from the pencil and shove it onto the shaft of the motor, try to get it as dead center as possible. Join the pen/needle/toot brush to the motor/eraser assembly, tape the brush to the motor.
Take the bent part of the needle/guitar stirng and stick it into the eraser, IMPORTANT- the needle must be purposely OFF CENTER.
Now all that is left to do is find a power source, I used the plug-in adapter from a cd player. I guess you could hook up some batteries to a switch and then to the contacts of the motor.


IM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS OR RESULTS SO YOUR SCREWED IF YOU DIE.JUST JOKIN

 

Answer by hestia
Submitted on 12/6/2004
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hey people, you guys are the only people on the whole internet talking honestly about self tattooing. you guys answered all my questions and gave me a good lesson in bravery and independence and wow....i'm impressed and i have two tattoos now. one on each heel, they say, 'hope' and 'ruin'. thank you.

 

Answer by *~BabyGirl~*
Submitted on 12/9/2004
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Its not really a good idea to give urself a tattoo because i have 8 of them right now and i regret everyone of them bcuz somewhere along the line they got messed up or they just looked really stupid. i think everyone should wait untill they are old enough to get a tattoo done by a perfessional and make sure its something you really want and something your not gonna regret in the future.

 

Answer by mark
Submitted on 12/14/2004
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I'm 15 and gave myself a tattoo on my left ankle with a needle and bic pen. I dug down to where I was bleeding and let the ink sit covered overnight. It's been about 2 months and the wound scabbed up and the color is gone. Now there is just a faint scar with a little scabby tissue. It didn't work. Maybe if you get the needle right above the blood line it will stay but I'm not sure i am trying it tonight in the same spot.

 

Answer by Crowned_with_crome
Submitted on 12/15/2004
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this iz all outa date im thinkin. buuuuut-
im lookin into it. thou, i want to no afects, ect. with it all... im lookin inta certain perm. inks, but any1 wanna fill me in a bit?
tll

 

Answer by INKY
Submitted on 12/17/2004
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YES!!! i do ink on alot of my buddys and have for some time now. i have never used professional ink nor guns. india ink is fine and dandy to use.
as far as how it will look that depends on the artist and the gear.
i have lots of my friends come back and ask for a new tattoo.

    JUST CHOOSE SOME THING U WANT FOR EVER NOT SOME THING TRENDY.

 

Answer by INKY
Submitted on 12/17/2004
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YES!!! i do ink on alot of my buddys and have for some time now. i have never used professional ink nor guns. india ink is fine and dandy to use.
as far as how it will look that depends on the artist and the gear.
i have lots of my friends come back and ask for a new tattoo.

    JUST CHOOSE SOME THING U WANT FOR EVER NOT SOME THING TRENDY.

 

Answer by katie
Submitted on 12/20/2004
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I noticed that no one ever said anything about after care of home made tattoos can anybody tell me what to do? do you put neosporin on it or what? and how deep should i got if i scrape my tatt?  

 

Answer by pacmandaniel
Submitted on 12/28/2004
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guys this forum helps sh!tloads. im goin to try to get somethin ritten in Elvish on my left arm, jus 1 word. i know how to write Elvish but i dont know what i should write on my arm, any suggestions??? i dont wanna get sum1's name on it tho. ppl should be able 2 understand dat

 

Answer by Lynzi
Submitted on 1/1/2005
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I just carved into my arm a heart and used black BIC ink, but I don't think I went deep enough so I did an L just below the heart but I went deeper. I'll come back in about a week or so to update on my progress. :D

 

Answer by all tatted up
Submitted on 1/2/2005
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me and my buddies r makin a gun tonite and were givin tatts  woo hoo

 

Answer by Dr_Jones
Submitted on 1/8/2005
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I used a bunch needles taped together and poked a couple of skin layers down. And i used india ink and it stayed.

 

Answer by DeathByChoice
Submitted on 1/9/2005
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I got my tongue pierced in November, I was planning on doing it myself. I also burnt an upside down cross into my side. It killed for a long time, and it blistered. I used a sewing needle and a lighter. Also I heated the end on a lighter and burnt myself with it. It hurt alot but it also felt really exciting. I don't think anyone should do this to themselves.. but not do it entirely. I got minor infections but it's great now. It really hurt.

 

Answer by kaoskitty
Submitted on 1/13/2005
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I am 21. When I was 14, I did a little design with blue bic, and dug out the little holes with a needle and kind of twirled it around and then put more ink in, and you can still see it... it didn't get infected, but my mom got really upset... I have another done professionally, and then one done by a friend, which got really infected to the point where I had to go to the doctor for antibiotics because I had black stretchy chunks of flesh coming of... I would recommend just asking your parents to go with you and help you pick out a tattoo, and getting it done legit... but I do have to say that my dad still doesn't know about any of my tats or piercings... lol.

 

Answer by SuicidalSoldier
Submitted on 1/15/2005
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well i have, today, done an Anarchy symbol on the underside of my arm, at the moment it looks alright, i might need to redo it a few times though. and if when your older it turns out bad then you can just get a professional one over the top of it, i know plenty of ppl who have done that. and if you arent willing to pay the price, dont do it. it can turn out bad. i done it mainly to push myself, as i do through many ways.
anyway, have fun!

=-Dark-=

 

Answer by blood floe
Submitted on 1/16/2005
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what i always use is the ink out of gel pens
that has worked very well for me
and they last

 

Answer by margarita
Submitted on 1/16/2005
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ok so i read all your these posts and stuff and they didnt really help... im gonna just go for it and try a tattoo by myslef... wish me luck! and i kno this is dangerous but o well! we'll see what happens!

 

Answer by luke-suiside
Submitted on 1/16/2005
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I have been a tattoo artist for 13 years.I have done tatoo work in all kinds of ways.
Even with india ink.I first recommend going to a reputable studio/or at least a really good and clean outlaw artist.With at least
5 years exp.Or 2 years of apprenticeship.
And find out what kind of people u will have working on you.Word of mouth can tell you a lot

 

Answer by helpmeplease
Submitted on 1/17/2005
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hey i wanna get a treble cleff on my leg cus im into music and all

should i draw it on my leg in pen then use that to kinda trace a tattoo in?

also how deep? because everyone here says different depths

 

Answer by tattoo man
Submitted on 1/22/2005
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India ink is no good for the blood stream and can couse a bad infection I own my own shop and strongly discourage the use of india ink there is a high chance of infection

 

Answer by Anonymous
Submitted on 1/29/2005
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Don't try it!!!!!! I did a letter "E" as  an initial of the guy I liked on my left ankle.It looked like a tattoo for about a week or so. Although it already faded,the scar still remains very visible.Don't do it!You feel extrememly uncomfortable showing that part of your body where you have this tattoo.

 

Answer by AxCeLeRa
Submitted on 2/3/2005
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dude. i tattooed myself with bic ink on my crotch and it got so sevrely infected i cudnt get a boner for a week. never again will i do such a stupid thing and id recommend u dont either

 

Answer by tattooguyandemcee
Submitted on 2/10/2005
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look you are all doing it wrong just get the part and build you a homemade gun.. clean the needle with disinfectants..  and use india ink not pen ink tht will cause ink poisining fast and bad...go get  a sony walkman..  not cd player  tape player.. then get a non led or copper  metal small but sturdy  for  your needle and  get  a bic  pen  and   a  spoon..  and tape  thats it    email me for derections on making it have to be right angle....icebergr83@yahoo.com

 

Answer by paige
Submitted on 2/12/2005
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ok well me and a friend have really crazy lifes so we gave our self totoos with a thumb-tack and sharpie but i dont know if it will stay

 

Answer by younganpist
Submitted on 2/16/2005
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ah people im giving myself a tattoo today....any advice?

 

Answer by St. Nick
Submitted on 2/17/2005
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There are ways to make good tats at your home safely and correctly if you have an artistic mind.  I made a tattoo gun a while back out of an old electric razor, toothbrush, pencil eraser, sewing needle, ink pen shell, and tape. This gun can be held like an ink pen for extreme detail and using an electric razor gives you a motor with the same hertz(vibrations per second) as a professional tattoo gun. I did invest in purchasing tattoo ink, but I am sure India ink will work also. I have given myself two tattoos with the gun and both look great.

 

Answer by patty
Submitted on 2/17/2005
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india ink will work i used it at 15 i am 25..it is still there...build a gun (search the internet...if you are too lazy to research it dont do it)and practice on a bananna..1/16 of an inch is pretty standard depth...pick out a pattern wait at least 2 weeks....my homemade tats look great thanks to my gun it was like drawing with a pencil (i have 5) people cant believe i did them by myself

 

Answer by Oldtimer
Submitted on 2/18/2005
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I have 19 tats and am 39yrs old more than 2/3 are India Ink and over 20 years old and still know one has any issues reading FTW on my hand. Some things may not be the best idea but the real fact of the matter is stupid ideas get done at home or in the shop. I thought the question here was will India ink work? The answer is yes, and done right it will last. Just be CLEAN and try and be smart about the placement of these masterpieces you create. Some of the BEST INK out there is homegrown, For a Couple bucks you can buy ink at the Art supply store so stop tearing up Mom's ink pens.

 

Answer by sugas_pimp
Submitted on 2/23/2005
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hey does any one know a good site or have any plans that work for makein a tattoo gun? Ive tryed like 3 times makeing one the needle just doesnt seem to work right.... email me with some info on this question please? sugas_pimp@yahoo.ca

 

Answer by gangsta312222
Submitted on 3/5/2005
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would the ink in a pen give u ink poisining?

 

Answer by StReTcH
Submitted on 3/5/2005
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hey guys is this a good idea? What is wrong with India ink? B/c I had a friend who did it once and nothing happened. Does it hurt?

Does it turn out bad? What are the chances of infection? PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!

 

Answer by sinfull
Submitted on 3/5/2005
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hey we need to start this up again.....lol...dont use india ink...bic ink worse just fine and it doesnt really hurt that much unless you put it on or by a bne...or a sensitive spot...like on the top of your hand between yoru knuckes...later

 

Answer by soadnirvana@yahoo.com
Submitted on 3/6/2005
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I'm reading Nirvana: The chosen Rejects and Kurt Cobain mentions that he and Dave Grohl used string, India ink, and a sewing needle to make tattoos. Kurt's being the famous K shield logo on his left forearm. And it stayed? whats the string do?

 

Answer by Selfmutilated
Submitted on 3/7/2005
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http://www.acidbaby.com/DrJeff/tattoos_and_toxicity.htm

There's a site... about skin pigments and ink...India ink is a safe and commonly used tattooing ink...In about 5 hours i am going to be doing my own tattoo of the AFI bat on my ankle...im an ok artist and if all goes well in 4 weeks i will be tattooing my bf.
But i will stress...that if you have the money....Get a pro to do it...your tat will turn out much nicer!

 

Answer by double dragon
Submitted on 3/10/2005
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you know i started out doing home made tattoos but not one time did i ever do something as stupid as you people are talking i made my own equipment but it was clean you people are talking nasty stuff here FOOD COLORING come on i don't knock people starting out on there own but do some research and try to do it sterile at least and burning it isn't sterile I'm a professional now so i know what I'm saying if you really want a tattoo go to someone who knows what they are doing now days you have to be careful there is aids hepatitis and so many more things you don't think about and just because you are using a sewing needle don't mean that someone at the sewing needle plant didn't have hepatitis and poked himself with that needle and now guess what you have because you wanted to do it your self and be stupid

 

Answer by kev
Submitted on 3/10/2005
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smoke pot

 

Answer by ryan
Submitted on 3/11/2005
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I have done it and it was worth it all my friends that i hang around has one or two or three but yeah its pretty damn worth it i have a real tattoo gun now so i would do it with spaldin and rogers ink so yeah.

 

Answer by t-la
Submitted on 3/15/2005
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You guys are making a big deal outta nothing.  I have five tattoos that I done myself with India Ink. One i done four years ago and I'm fine.  Just keep them clean and put a thin layer of Vasaline over them  and they will be fine.  Mine also look damn good,  I used a safety pin with thread wrapped around it.  People seen mine and payed me to put tattoos on them.  so i think you should just go for it. most tats fade because people are to afraid to push the needle in deep enough.  of course i like the pain of it.

 

Answer by Hvy_Mtl_Hed666
Submitted on 4/7/2005
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can u cut it into your skin and then fill it with ink

 

Answer by geotatman
Submitted on 4/13/2005
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hi every buddy,I have been posting on this forum for a long time and i used to have a web site on tattoo machine plans, but it got shut down, i have now made a new site for all you..check it out at www.geocities.com/geotatman/home.htm

yes the end is *htm* the site is still being made but losts of it is done, check back every day for more pages

 

Answer by jack
Submitted on 4/21/2005
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hey, I just gave myself an afi tat, I used a razor, steak knife and a safety pin.  I used gell pen ink, will I b ok??

 

Answer by chris
Submitted on 4/21/2005
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As a fully licensed and practicing tattoo artist I plead with you people to please not give yourselves Anymore tattoos.  You would not believe the amount of people ages 35-80 that come to me everyday and ask to cover up or fix a tattoo that they gave themselves years ago.  The worst thing about this whole process that no one has mentioned yet is that once the India ink is in your dermis (the layer that the ink rest in)  You cannot cover it up with regular ink and not risk it spreading years down the road.  There is a perfectly legit reason why people such as myself and many others have licenses and are inspected by the health department every year.  Unless you live in Oklahoma please go to a pro.  to get an apprenticeship license we have all done 3 plus years under another professional don't disrespect our trade.  If you need a good name or number email christopher.hicks@robins.af.mil

 

Answer by WillyT
Submitted on 5/3/2005
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You are not playing a dangerous game at all! Im 16 and ive done this twice, using my following steps there is no way to get infection or anything and it barely hurts, my sister is a professional tattoo artist and this is how she used to do it.
What you'll need.
- rubbing alchol
- needle
- inside of a pen
- candle (dont use lighter)

--- for some reason doing it after you take a long shower makes the result a lot better

1. Get rubbing alchol and rub the spot where you want to put the tattoo.
2. Take the needle and heat it up for 5 seconds under flame to steralize.
3. Now with tip of needle! gently carve the design into skin, dont make it bleed!
4. Heat up the tip of needle and stick it into the end of the ink "cartridge" of a pen.
5. With the tip draw the design, and constannly do number 4 again and contiune drawing untill the design is done.
6. Heat up needle and go over the areas with just the heat, no ink.

Your done, it hardley hurts and it looks great i've done it before
AIM >> Flyguywee15

 

Answer by mr.shakespear..........R-I-P
Submitted on 5/10/2005
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HEY KIDZ. I DID A BLAK HEART ON ME LEFT HAND + IT ROCKS! I USED BIC INC + ITS STAYED IN FINE + THERS NO SIGHN OF INFECTION. IM GONNA DO A BARR CODE ON ME ARM. I WOZ GONNA TRY MY WRIST BUT THE VEINS R TOO VISIBLE + I DONT REALLY FEEL LIKE INJECTING INC IN 2 ME VEIN!I USED A SAFETY PIN + IT DIDNT EVEN HURT.MY M8S FINK I'M CRAZY COZ THEY DONT B-LIVE ME THAT IT DIDNT HURT.N E ADVICE ON HOW 2 DO IT ON MY WRIST + NOT KILL MYSELF?.....

 

Answer by DaMnNn
Submitted on 5/10/2005
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I've got a fckin dumbass question but can you self tat yourself over scar tissue? I have nasty scar tissue above my belly button from when i had it pierced and it ripped out. It's basically a dark circle around the top by my belly button and i want a small heart or something on it to cover it up? I've got a tat on my lower back but I was just wondering if you can easily tat yourself over scar tissue

 

Answer by lastone
Submitted on 5/12/2005
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indian ink works fine as long as you have a good flash and are very good at art and have alot of patiance you can do just as good a job as a profesional, how do you think they got started?!

 

Answer by darkwater
Submitted on 5/19/2005
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Use Higgins  drawing ink!
It's cheap, comes in every color and stays without fading. I've got three tattoos all done with Higgins and  I'm perfectly happy with the way they turned out.

 

Answer by ScarletXAngel
Submitted on 5/20/2005
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Ive done one on my waist but its faded. I used Indian ink and it never got infected or w/e. But I also had one on my hand and it washed away really fast, maybe cuz i didn't go deep enough or becuz i used a sharpie. anyhigh. I was wondering what ink is the safest to use and is it worse to just make a cut and put the ink in the cut?

 

Answer by xfredletx
Submitted on 5/29/2005
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Hey, I have just tattooed my hand and i used black indian ink and a sewing needle. It was a week ago, and all i have is a sort of scar. There isn't any infection, and no itching. Do you think it will work lol?? mail me at xfredletx@hotmail.com

 

Answer by smiley-on-my-arm
Submitted on 6/1/2005
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i just used permanent ink I'm an idiot rite?lol

 

Answer by YeahMan
Submitted on 6/3/2005
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i giving myself a tatoo, im having a friend draw a skull on my chest and take a red hot fork and burn it in, hope it works!

 

Answer by eric
Submitted on 6/8/2005
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go ahead...do it...you deserve to *@#! yourself up if you are stupid enough to tattoo yourself w/ a safety pin and india ink.  

#1- india ink is NOT tattoo ink...there is a reason tattoo artists dont use it, tattoo ink is made of COMPLETELY different pigments and binders

#2-you CANNOT sterilize a needle with a lighter/flame or soaking it in alcohol...and anyone who tells you different is a liar and full of *$#@ only an autoclave will sterilize it...not to mention safety pins contain metals like nickel that can react with your skin

#3-safety pins are not as sharp, smooth, or as small as tattoo needles which means you will be tearing your skin up

#4- i could go on for hours on why this is a bad idea, but it boils down to this...it will look BAD, probabally give you an infection, and you'll probabally be paying an artist to cover it up in a couple of years.

i cant tell you how many people have come into the shop i work at wanting to get thier crappy homemade tats covered. look, just b/c something works doesnt mean its a good idea  

 

Answer by asis
Submitted on 6/21/2005
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well, i just made my 6th tattoo gun the other night and i was determined to make it work this time so i made sure it was workin good...(all my other ones would stop workin as soon as i would touch the needle to my skin cuz of the eraser)...well i made my own homemade ink that is 100% safe and i made a tattoo on my wrist and i also made one for my bro and my friend...right now it is still as dark as wen i made it even after a shower and washin my hands...wen my other friends saw it they said it came out better than their pro tats so i think im goin to start makin money now...they already spread the word

 

Answer by tattoo freak
Submitted on 6/22/2005
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hey i have a ? should i use india ink. or bic ink and hey should i use a needal or a razor and do i need vasiline to keep it moist and clean and hey for all of you people make sure you have it covered if you take a shower or get wet and you should put patrollium jelly on it when your done

 

Answer by adam
Submitted on 6/27/2005
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hey all i have several indian ink tattoos, and while there is definitly a very good reason to have a professional do a tatoo (no infection, looks great, less painfull) i think there is something to be said if you can design something yourself and put it in yourself with your own hands, inflicting pain on yourself knowing that you will be satisphied later (possibly) is a great feeling, it also can be very spiritual or like a healing process. I say you only live once, if you are competent in your artistic skills go ahead and try it out.

 

Answer by court-court
Submitted on 7/1/2005
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I have gave four people tattoo with India Ink and two years later still there and look great so if you are young and desperate or stupid. It's not that bad of a thing so. Or you can just wait to you are of age and go to a profesional to get it done.

 

Answer by Buckshot Cowgirl
Submitted on 7/4/2005
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ok kiddies... i've done many many tatoos w/ machines and w/ jus' a sewin needle... first off sterilize!!! if you don't want to scar your slef an have crappy lookin results sterilize. next, draw it on first, if you odn't it'll look bad, come out lop sided, be upside down or something along those lines and you'll be coverin it up instead of showin it off. india ink bic ink this ink that ink, lemme give ya a hint... if you have a livestock store near ya go thtere an see it they have tattoo ink for animals, yes, we do tattoo our animals.... an quit thinkin it's cruel! it's not! but thats a different subject, back on track now chickadees- the tattoo ink used on animals is nontoxic to humans, holds well, doesn't run, and is very very effective in givin' good rich color( i live in the country they're livestock feed stores everwhere here, an i under stand some of ya probably live in the city so bare with me here). now how far do ya have to "stab" as some of you call it, here's a simple answer 1/8th of an inch. how doya know it's 1/8th of an inch? here's another simple answer... if it hurts the ink will stay if it bleeds to much you went to far and the ink will run out with the blood. don't be stingy with the ink, the more that goes in the better the color of the tattoo. anywhos, anoymore questions jus' ask, laters!

 

Answer by MoreThanAHabit
Submitted on 7/5/2005
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i just gave myself a tattoo last night. i did it with a piercing needle and black india ink. its a small star on top of my left hand, just between where my index finger and thumb meet my hand (u kno wut i mean?). but anyways...i just poked it in deep enough till i felt it going into my skin and did that until i couldnt see thru the ink that was just sitting on the skin. so i took a cottonball that was damp with peroxide and just wiped it off. i did that process until i had filled in the star completely and i think its very cute.

 

Answer by jo
Submitted on 7/10/2005
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I AM FRIGGEN CONFUSED!!!!!! ok my mom's friend made a tattoo her self like 20 years ago and it is still there and beautiful and she dosent regret it!!! but how do you do it? I dont know how I've searched but I cant figure it out. what do you need, what do you do with the stuff when you get it, where are places not to give yourself a tattoo and what do you use and where the heck do you get the stuff??? like at target or somthing, what is indian ink? where do you get it!!!!!!!! someone please please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or IM me
darker_side_of_me77
PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!

 

Answer by Abi
Submitted on 7/15/2005
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I would just like to say please stop trying to convince us not to tattoo ourselves because not only is it annoying but chances are it won't stop us.

 

Answer by Abi
Submitted on 7/15/2005
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Dude check out this website. http://www.supyo.com/home/projects/homemade_tattoo/tattoo.htm

 

Answer by : )
Submitted on 7/15/2005
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hey im not sayin im an expert on this stuff but i totally agree with everybody about the bic ink. i did a star on my ankle and its lasted for months. also, i used flame to sterilize it and it didnt get infected so i recommend that.

 

Answer by lala
Submitted on 7/19/2005
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hey guys made a tattoo not to long ago... all i used was a 12 inch nail and some black tar i found in my garage.. i tried making a cross on my temple... i held it there with my hands and looking in the mirror and used a slight tapping motion with a hammer... my friend did the hammering though

 

Answer by lala
Submitted on 7/19/2005
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j/k guys

 

Answer by Andrea
Submitted on 7/20/2005
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hi.i gave myself a tattoo about a year ago on my ankle of a sun.After I done it I got really scared that i would get ink poisoning.Now it's still there,and i didn't get poisoning,but now I want to do a star on my wrist.I'm really scared I'll get poisoning,even though i didn't last time.What kind of ink should I use?I just used regular pen ink last time.

 

Answer by tawntawn
Submitted on 7/27/2005
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hey ive been readin all this an my boyfriend wants to give himself a tattoo with some india ink. well he actually already started it, but im more cautious then he is an wanted to read up about it. ive heard good an bad stuff about it. but im not sure what to think. he says hes read in the forum too, but has decided to take the chance. do you think everything will be okay?

 

Answer by tawntawn
Submitted on 7/27/2005
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also my b/f's tat is already a little red an puffy, he just did it last nite. so if you have any information email me or w/e.
tawnee_h@hotmail.com
thanx!!!!!!!

 

Answer by j.t.w_biker
Submitted on 8/3/2005
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i am 50, and i have a diy tattoo i got in 1978. i did it with a safety pin and indian ink, and i sterilized the pin VERY carefully. oh yeah, did i meantion i have a masters in art history, i'mnot any man of off of the street. the tattoo looks just as good as the ones i got at tattoo parlers. I AM NOT RECOMMENDING IT TO BE DONE BY ONE'S SELF, BUT I AM SAYING IT CAN BE DONE CORRECTLY BY ONE'S SELF.  

 

Answer by N/A
Submitted on 8/3/2005
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what i did, was i took a fairly large sewing needle, and rapped thread tightly around it, and left like 1.5-2mm of the tip exposed. make sure the needle is clean thought. and i used black bic ink, and just poked myself with the needle(you'll feel it prick through the skin), but when your poking yourself with the needle, have someone else stretch the skin around the area. it will go through alot easier. becareful not to poke to much in the same area, because you will just have a wide open gash in your skin.

Also, ive heard from a few of my biker friends who have done it to themselves, to use toothpaste, evaporated milk, and ashes to make the ink.
be creative, ive got a friend who has both his arms completely covered, none were done professionally, prison tats ;)

 

Answer by Samantha
Submitted on 8/4/2005
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Okay so I put a star on the inside of my ankle. I shaded it in. but it keeps getting blotched. I'm making a gun out of a toothbrush. and it'll go back and forth. Is scratching better then poking? and I'm just useing a regular old pen.

 

Answer by Vin_Dawg
Submitted on 8/8/2005
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Can anyone help me out. I need help on this whole tattooing yourself thing.....how do I tattoo myself with bic ink and a safety pin?

 

Answer by loucy
Submitted on 8/10/2005
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try rapping string around the needle to hold the ink so it drips down the needle ,thas what i used to do before i got a real tattoo gun

 

Answer by jenna
Submitted on 8/11/2005
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Can somebody tell me how to make a homemade tattoo machine

 

Answer by DOM
Submitted on 8/17/2005
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hell when i was 12 i just took a sewing needle, dipped it into sum ink, then started like sewing my initials into my hand (i had to redip the needle into the ink every 10 seconds though) now im 13 and its still there! but when im 16 im gettin an actual good tattoo done by a pro....

 

Answer by Gonzales
Submitted on 8/20/2005
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<used gel ink frm a gel pen to get real tattoo PERFECTO!

 

Answer by XxXContagiousXxX
Submitted on 8/25/2005
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yes you can use india ink and no you dont need a tattooing artist to do it, i gave my self alot of them and no infections and they turned out just the way i wanted it to, i just used an sewing needle no problem:D

 

Answer by Shroomz
Submitted on 8/25/2005
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hey ppl i took a safty pin and a capfull of BIC ink and drew myself a pot leaf two days ago, if you wanna see it go to
http://www.barnyardbangers.blogspot.com.
HAPPY INKING!!!!!!!!

 

Answer by The_one_and_only_Jon
Submitted on 8/26/2005
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ok, I used a home tat gun with a electric toothbrush and it worked good, I used India ink and it has never faded and I have at my tat for a few months now and there is no sign of fading or infections. Profectional tattooist say not to use india ink but I do do it anyways and it works good, better then anything else that I have used. If you want to know how to make a tat gun out of a electric toothbrush or if you know how to make a 12volt and you can help me out, e-mail me or add my on MSN messanger, hott_lil_shorty_4@hotmail.com

 

Answer by chris
Submitted on 8/31/2005
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go ahead and give your self one or somebody els one yes you can us inda ink i have been using it for years black or blue will work black works better you will get no infection as long as the equipment you use is clean and you keep your tattoo clean. the best type of inda ink to use it higgins you can buy it at your local art stores or wallmart just check in the art section dont listen to these people what do you think the guys in prison use this or other stuff you probly shouldn't try.

 

Answer by kmart
Submitted on 9/4/2005
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i wanna do an indian ink tatto ive got black ink and needle and thread ive bin told it works but im not totally sure i want an indian ink tat i like the style i can easly get professionally done but want indian ink so how would i go about doing this

 

Answer by 50&G-unit
Submitted on 9/4/2005
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i did it and it came out fine

 

Answer by wantedtattoo
Submitted on 9/5/2005
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Hey people I am looking to give myself a tattoo on my right arm. I want to do it my self but I don't know what kind of ink or how to. I have no gun or anything. Any good ideas

 

Answer by Mony_Penny
Submitted on 9/6/2005
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Hey all,

I self tattooed when I was 14, with non toxic plant based black ink (from some hippie store)...turned out great. I still love them nine years later. Only problem is they faded..bad, so I had to get them professionally done anyways.
As for the rest of you.....I do think you have the mental capacity to decide what you want tattooed, or at least I did. But please make sure you steralize, use Tattoo Goo after to speed up the proccess and NO TOXIC INKS...this includes pen ink.
Happy Tattooing!

 

Answer by Pablo
Submitted on 9/16/2005
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I reed you say use sawing machine. I use but when electricity turned on needle go very deep very fast...I am bleeding very much from bad. Ink go deep much blood.

 

Answer by dixiedevotchka
Submitted on 9/19/2005
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no..............................

anywhos. is it bad to re-ink your tat too often...lets say...every day?

 

Answer by BeEn_tHeRe_DoNe_iT_aLrEaDy
Submitted on 9/20/2005
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i think ya'lljus need to spend a few bucks and buy tattoo ink at ebay hell you can even get a tattoo gun and needle if your willing to pay the price. but i'vejus used india ink on my tatts and they all turned out jus fine and dandy. even the pros started out like this so be carefull and have fun

 

Answer by OHH WISE ONE!
Submitted on 9/29/2005
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ok well im 16 ive wanted a tattoo since i was like in grade 5 im a huge art fanatic and ive done alot of research on tattoos and tattooing myself just because im determined ..but any how i desided to make myself a tattoo machine out of a toothbrush a guitar string and a small motor from radioshack and some regular papermate pens anyways if you search it up right on the internet you can find out how to make it its pretty simple but i went and tattooed myself with just a safety pin (i broke my machine by accadent) and i just burnt the tip till it was red and then dipped it in pen ink and started stabbing away real tattoos go in about just a little less than 1/2 of a cm but i just stabbed over and over untill i did see blood so i know it will stay there it has no sign of infection as of yet but ive been working on it for 4 days and its looking nice actually but just make sure its clean and you should be fine unless your amune system is a bad one lol i for one have a good one so it worked for me just keep it safe and be aware of the concequences

ps. i for one am an enthousiast of self tattoos aslong as you dont regret it then its a perfect way to describe yourself as you are at your current age and why not it holds memories of good times dont listen to ppls say your stupid

 

Answer by nomad
Submitted on 9/30/2005
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HEY FO I GOT A HULL GANG OF TATTOOS ALL OVER MY ARMS.I USED INDIA INK AND THY STILL LOOK GOOD.THERE THE BEST. MY HOMIE SAID IT WILL STAY GOOD FOR MY LIFE.THEY NEVER GOT IN FETED AT ALL

 

Answer by Jay
Submitted on 10/1/2005
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alcohol swabs are usefull right? and a burnt needle too

 

Answer by Nzizzle
Submitted on 10/2/2005
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hey does anybody know how old you have to be to get a tattoo in Georgia cause i dont know the law and im almost 16 my parental units said i can get one but i dont know the state will let me get one ohhh and whats the diffenernce in getting a tattoo from and artist or a person that does it from his basement but has all the chemicals to make the needle clean

 

Answer by Good_Ink
Submitted on 10/4/2005
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I kind of agree with the only smart one here, except there are alot of Pros' out there who still aren't that great. I do my own tattoos but I have worked hard to get my equipment and it's all professional and I have a lisence to tattoo, so young people be careful and stay in good health.

 

Answer by jenn
Submitted on 10/5/2005
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Oh my god I want to give my self a tattoo so bad but I'm scared its gonna get infected,and i will have to tell my grandmom.Any advise on the procedures of doing a do it your self tattoo please help

 

Answer by ahisee
Submitted on 10/7/2005
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I think that you all are strange, fighting, and whatnot.  I think the stupidest ones are the one above this one who thinks he's so very wise and old, and the rest of the ones who say stupid things.  All i really want to know, is if the possiblity of giving a tattoo to myself is possible.  if i used ordinary charcoal, and ground it up, and then cut a picture into myself, and rubbed it into the cut, would this create a tattoo?  i think it would.  as for the india ink, why bother trying to get it when you can use charcoal.

 

Answer by dani girl
Submitted on 10/12/2005
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thank you so much to all the helpful people who have published stuff. ive been wanting to do a self tattoo for a long time and i never knew where to start. for all of those tattoo artists who said to get it done professoinally-most of us are too young and want to get symbols that will not embarass us later on. i mean come on--a heart or star?

 

Answer by magalie806noyola
Submitted on 10/13/2005
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hey everyone I'm 14... so i really cant get a tatoo..unless i get my homie to do it but i really don't trust them. they say they "just do it" it don't sound clean to me so I'm deciding to do it myself. to do it, with out India ink, do i scratch it of what? but if i do, do i have to go over it alot of times(i mean time after time) because i heard you have to really poke it in there. but if the needle aint that big, am i going to have to fill in the empty places or what..........if n-e-one knows, please post it up

magalie

 

Answer by Ash
Submitted on 10/13/2005
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http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1204.html


"The other pigments considered very safe are Black, most commonly Carbon Black, or Bone Black, which is India Ink, made from burning animal bones or kerosene, and collecting the soot. Purple/Violet, which is dioxazine/carbazole violet, yellows of the Arylide type, Napthol red , based on the solvent Naptha. Reds based on other materials may or may not cause scarring and reaction. Magenta is safe, but generally considered less lightfast and more unstable than other pigments. Oranges are considered safe, as are Zinc and Titanium white, Titanium being the superior white. Browns, even though they are often based on Oxides of Iron are also considered safe."


That quote can be found at this link:

http://encyc.bmezine.com/?tattoo_ink

I don't know where you people are getting your info on India ink but it's completely safe.  Oh, and just so you know India ink is in the ink PROFESSIONALS use.  

Not only do I know this from what I've read but I know this from personal experience.
I have given my brother LOTS of tattoo's with India ink (I used a Pro' gun mind you)  He's covered in them.  He's perfectly healthy and has two healthy daughters.

 

Answer by mj*
Submitted on 10/20/2005
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hey everyone!!!!!i just got done doing a self tattoo,of a cross on my hand...i drew the cross the i started poking the skin only bleeding in a few spots and the i did it again painfull but i like it,then i blazed the needle*sewing needle*and im 14 so i dont know if im doin it rite or?? well i need some advice email me at norwoodsoccer04@yahoo.com thanks
mj~

 

Answer by homie
Submitted on 10/24/2005
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you should only get o tattoo if its gonna mean somthing if not theres no sense cuz you just gonna get board of it and you will want it to be gone and it wont come off unless you get laser surgreay.

 

Answer by george_o_da_jungle
Submitted on 10/28/2005
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hey everybody, i understand its been a long time since anyone updated.i have solutions everyone is looking for. my grandpa did his initials in prison with india ink almost 48 years ago.He went deep in his skin but in 48 yrs it hasnt faded at all. it looks brand new and like a pro pro did it.im 17 and have done the bic tattoo on my bicep.i did a smiley face with red bloody tears and its still there plain as day from 2 yrs ago.
if you wanna do it right, tie thread around the needle one fourth of an inch up from the point, press hard and go to the thread, the thread bleeds the ink in better and further. have fun and do some cool art

 

Answer by score
Submitted on 10/29/2005
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how do u make the ink stay in

 

Answer by okay...
Submitted on 11/1/2005
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LMAO...SOMEONE SAID A HALF INCH WAS STANDARD...OH MY

 

Answer by Kait
Submitted on 11/14/2005
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I've periced myself 6 times simply with a needle and now I'm thinking of possibly giving myself a tattoo. I really want to know what the "best ink" to use is, because basically what Ive been seeing here is "India Ink" and "BIC ink". Is it possible to use caligraphy ink?

 

Answer by Kait
Submitted on 11/14/2005
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I really want to do a pentacle on my back...

 

Answer by Tattooman
Submitted on 11/17/2005
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You know these people are going to do what they want. You people don't have to be so rude by telling them they are stupid and stuff like that. I do my own tattoos. I am better than any artist you will ever hope to go to. I use a gun I made out of an electric toothbrush. I have been in prison for 12 years and I am the one to come to when you want a tattoo. We don't have the luxuries you people have so don't call me stupid because I do my own tattoos. I have done every tattoo on my body. I have more appreciation for anybody who does there own tattoo. Why go to somebody thats gonna give you the same tattoo that 50,000 other people have. I bet you people who say it's stupid to do your own tattoos probably can't even draw a stick figure. Or I know, Y'all got tattoos of cartoon characters. Tweety Bird or something like that. But whatever don't pay any attention to those people. If you want a tattoo and can't afford it. Make your own tattoo gun and go at it. I just hope you can at least draw a little. I made my first tattoo with a sewing needle when I was 12 years old. I now have over 40 tattoos and have done every single one of them.....JUST BE SAFE.

 

Answer by Reeves
Submitted on 11/17/2005
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I hate it when people tell me I shouldnt get tattoos that I cant cover up later. I think tattoos are beautiful and I dont see why I should cover them up. Anyone else feel like this?

 

Answer by Allie
Submitted on 11/17/2005
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I'd like a semi permanent tattoo... something I can do myself, but that will only last about a month.

Any ideas?

 

Answer by nickname
Submitted on 11/24/2005
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I have a lot of friends that give themselves tattoos and they use india ink and burn a needle same w/ piercings. And if u do it yourself it is a lot more personnel. Like the first tatt i got was by me and it was a skull and a cross right behind my knee when i was 10. it was on new years so every new years i give myself 1 or 2 small tatts on me left leg, i call it mu "doodle leg" all my friends think its cool and I'vegivin some of my friends tatts and my older brother w/ a real tatt gun that i got from this 25 year old that i know for my birthday. he used to work in a tattoo shop.

 

Answer by Red_Cuban_Gyal
Submitted on 11/25/2005
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i had my step-brother do a tattoo on my arm with blue bic ink. it has been about a year and 7 months and it faded out. you can barely tell it is there.

 

Answer by brucey42085
Submitted on 11/30/2005
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some of this stuff people say is rediculous.  first of all ive never heard of it being illegal to tattoo your hands, anywhere, i dont know where that dude came up with that one.  second ive had 3 professionally done tattoos in a shop that all bled, at least a little, and ive had three with homemade gun that bled, at least a little. ive never done my own tats but i want to, im building a gun,  so im wondering if anyone actually knows a SAFE ink to use?

 

Answer by Nazi Boy
Submitted on 12/11/2005
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You guys all suck, i have a swastika on my leg that i did with a paper clip, i heated it till red hot and burned it into my flesh.

            88 White Pride 88

 

Answer by nevaeh_2005
Submitted on 12/12/2005
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hey everybody whats all this talk about not to use indian ink i use it all the time and i have 6 tattoo they all stayed there fine and nothing happened but maybe that is because i am indian too my skin is collective and i haven't got sick from the ink yet                                                                    
P/S
        have fun with the bic pens ink it don't work the tattoo won't stay in your skin the ink isn't stabe.

 

Answer by taylor
Submitted on 12/12/2005
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i just peirced my nipple with a sharpend paper clip. i made sure it was sanitized but how long should i keep it in untill i put a real ring in it

 

Answer by justin
Submitted on 12/12/2005
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umm ok.. i have a gun that my brother made.. and he knows what hes doin.. but see.. the thing is.. idk whether the gun is supposed to hold the ink someway or am i supposed to dip it in ink?? plz help

 

Answer by anchorite
Submitted on 12/14/2005
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I see self tattooing more as a right of passage than a dangerous game. To me it wouldn't matter if the thing fades, just seeing it there affirms its original purpose. The use of tattooing inks vs. improvised inks could cause fading and possibly 'blobbing' (blobbing seems like it would be negligible) - the key to the ink is how soluble it is or rather, insoluble. Personally it seems better if it fades -- its easy to re-ink a tattoo, its hard and expensive to actively remove one. I'm well of age to get one done professionally but still plan on doing it myself within a couple days because of what it means to me. But yes, if you want something brilliantly done to shine forever, find a professional. Else, I hear soot mixed with urine is quite permanent -- just joking about actually using this, but it is permanent...
Sounds like slightly concentrated ink from a bic pen (let it sit and evaporated) and an improvised machine (for uniformity) is a good way to go. With a machine or other improvised tool you can consistently put the ink at a given depth, just below the outer layer of skin, ie a few millimeters.

 

Answer by wannaPlay?32
Submitted on 12/18/2005
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ok, i love this tattooing thing.. i have had one on my ankle now for nearly 2 years... looks great!! it is small.. but still looks cute and i also have on on my lower belly, it is a heart. i just did the heart a week ago... it kinda hurt a little more cause the skin right there is really soft... but yea.. i use w.e kinda of ink i can get... i found the thick ink works best!! if you have any questions... ask!! lol

 

Answer by indecline
Submitted on 12/29/2005
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I'm about to give myself a tattoo using india ink, how far do i stick the needle into my skin? need to know a.s.a.p. will it hurt i like pain though.

 

Answer by jak
Submitted on 12/30/2005
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tatooing urself is the only way u can learn it gets easy er the more u practise getting the dots in line an keeping lines can be hard at first but keep at it if u wanna try with animalskin first then do but i rekon its pointless as human skin strteches (an really should be streached to help the lines stay striaght an to help the ink settle any one who tells u to go a professinal (even those who have tattooed thwm selves an felt like they faild )is either a pro themselves trying to keep ther pennies in the bussiness an shud be shot or they must have no pride or selfessteem a tatoo is not a fashoin accsesory u can take off wen u want

 

Answer by jak
Submitted on 12/30/2005
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the only smart one here is a perfect example of lack of fiath in ones self you think tattoos stay as good as they day they were put on u goon .......no matter wot ink is used it WILL FADE get the ink in right an lasts like anyother ink its the skin not the ink ;)u think tattos were done with guns since th egyptoins?? u goon

 

Answer by twist
Submitted on 1/7/2006
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im 15 and i want a tatoo what is everybodys
opp!!!!!!

 

Answer by sublime_v
Submitted on 1/10/2006
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to tell you all the true it is much safer to do a tatto a a salon and you can get diseases if not carful . i got a tat almost 2 years and i used a pen the cost like 3 bucks (it was a callagraphy ink pen) and my tattoo has not faded at all no touch ups either good luck to tattooing and be safe
               sublime_v
*don't trust your police offecers*

 

Answer by sublime_v
Submitted on 1/10/2006
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also one more thing the_only_smart_one_here is right i don't care if you are 17 yrs old do not scar yourself .... if you were to get a infection and get really sick your parents would have to pay for what you did if you don't want to pay for the tatto then fine do it yourself and get marked just wait till you are 18
*AND ALL THE IDIOTS OUT THERE DO NOT BURN YOURSELF THAT IS SOMETHING A DOCTOR CAN NOT REMOVE*

 

Answer by Mz. WOODY
Submitted on 1/11/2006
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i did my tattoo of a heart and also did my own party dot. and they are both still here and great. i used a sewing machine needle and stabbed myself fast and hard...and well prety deep. i bled a lil but it is all good now.

 

Answer by drTGrL
Submitted on 1/11/2006
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I've done my own using needles and indian ink and i was and still am happy with the way they turned out but you should always go to a good professional to get anything done because you can always mess it up...if you're really sure then i say go for it but you have no-one to blame but yourself if anything goes wrong, also good after care is key.

 

Answer by Phil
Submitted on 1/11/2006
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Hey everyone... my name is phil and ive been wanting to give myself a tattoo for awhile now... ive finally found something i like.. i designed it.. the only thing is i dont know how to.. like how far do i put the needle in my skin... what ink is the best.. if anyone could help me ... thatd be great.. thanks...

 

Answer by darkartist/Zeth
Submitted on 1/17/2006
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yes you can use india ink, just make sure that you have a sterile needle and after u do it dont scratch it. I currently am un apprentice in a tattoo shop and i started out usind only a needle thread and inda ink, i did over 40 tattoos for firends even a few full arm sleeves and none of them ever turned out bad it just takes a while. hey if that doesnt convince you polynesian tattoos are a tradition of over 2 thousand years old and they made thier own ink

 

Answer by SaintShain
Submitted on 1/18/2006
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Just to clear EVERYTHING up, I don't know any more about this than you do, but for certain I do know that my cousin gave me a tattoo of a four-pointed cross on my shoulder and a diamond on my fore-arm about 2 years ago with a homemade tattoo gun. Food coloring doesn't work (come on, use some common sense), india ink doesn't make you sick or prone to infection (that's what I got mine with) with bic ink you have to use a lot and keep rubbing ink in, and you don't have to cover the tat up. That's probably why people keep saying "oh I gave myself a tattoo with foodcoloring and covered up and it infected woe is me" you have to give it some air. And no matter how painful this may sound, you have to rub salt (to disinfect) and lotion (tattoos easily peel when you get them) into the tattoo otherwise you have just put yourself in quite a bit of pain for no reason.
Trust me, I've gotten homemade tattoos, scarifications, piercings, and the only problem... don't know how to tattoo myself.

 

Answer by xx__pukesoakedheart
Submitted on 1/19/2006
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wow...it took half an hour to read all that... yeah   im 14 and realllly interested in tattooing myself and others. ive learned alot...but im still wondering if India Ink is the way to go or not? haha..alot of mixed messages about it. i hope you dont mind me adding some of you on msn...just for some pointers. thanks for all the info :)

 

Answer by LucY-Lu
Submitted on 1/20/2006
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hi sorry I'm not answering but will it hurt if u just drew a pick with permanent ink no puctures or anything or would it infect my skin

 

Answer by mikeyman
Submitted on 1/20/2006
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what happens if it gets infected?

 

Answer by the girl with the new to
Submitted on 1/21/2006
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OK i have a new tat and i did it my self and it is still on me    but anyway   i am not thing to be a hypocrite person but wait until you no what u will want OK lets say u tattoo a i flower will you want that 10 years from now i mean you really wanna think about thinks like that see you can get your belly buttons pierced or any piercing but that is no permanent a tattoo is  so before you get it of do it think about this OK.

 

Answer by phonix
Submitted on 1/23/2006
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yer go on do it i do it on my m8s

 

Answer by papito
Submitted on 1/25/2006
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the way i did it was with a sewing needle and the ink from a pen not bic just some pen i found. i put the needle over a flame for a while then once it was cold again i took out the ink from the pen dipped the needle in the ink and poked my design into my skin.took a lot of pokes and but it came out pretty good.just keep dipping it in the ink and poking in your design.thing with mines is that i did it like 2 days ago and it looks like i just wrote on myself with a pen. if ne of ya'llknow if its gonna look better later on tell me.

 

Answer by smiddy
Submitted on 1/28/2006
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i dont know if this q&a is still going on. but i have indian ink and i wanted to do a tat on my wrist, the part under the hand were u can see all ur veins. is that a god place to do it in? or not. i havent given myself a tat before but ive done all my peircings (16) and im not afraid of needles or infections and trying something new. so if u could help that would be good

 

Answer by rob
Submitted on 2/2/2006
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yea i am thinking about a tattoo a home made one any tips i wanna do the ink pen and safety pin tat i know already how to sterilize it but i am worried about getting hep c is it possible with this method if so pleases send me an email at hffgns@hotmail.com

 

Answer by CA_MIAMI
Submitted on 2/2/2006
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hey wats up i did my own tattoo like 3 days ago and i used  BiC pen ink and it seems to be staying so far and no infection so does anyone know of what works best for tattoos like what the pro's use?

 

Answer by AlexThatsMe
Submitted on 2/3/2006
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so out of all this is indian ink safe or not?

 

Answer by Emily
Submitted on 2/5/2006
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ok....i just did that....i put a design on my leg and put ink in to it and iit hasent killed me yet so i say go for it! Think it over tho...like many people say....tatoos are forever and they are so you need to think it over before putting something like that on your body. (i did it with reg old ink from a fancy pen that has one of those old fasion tips on it) (it looks really cool and i havent gotten an infection yet so!...keep in mind it will hurt because its a cut and IM NOT A CUTTER...but i had to cut the design into my ankle before i put the ink into it so....but it will hurt and scab over...and then when it heels you should have a homeade tatoo)

 

Answer by jelly2867
Submitted on 2/10/2006
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i really want a tattoo and my bestfrined whoo looks like my sister is offerin for me to use her id so i can get it done professionally cuz im only 15 and shes 18 but i still wanna do it myself...any tips?

 

Answer by Miami
Submitted on 2/22/2006
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ITS WHATEVER

 

Answer by panchita
Submitted on 2/25/2006
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Hey people!

well i did this little heart on my foot and my friend said to use eyeliner but it doesnt seem to go in.....do i need to do it deeper? i did it with a needle.....

 

Answer by dreamscapecustoms
Submitted on 3/4/2006
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i started with needle and thread, then moved up to a home made machine now i got professional equipment i also have 13 tattoos and only 2 are professional i done the rest. india ink doesnt cause infections not sterilized the equipment and not taking care of the tattoo cause infection and u ppl trying to do ur own start out doing them on your ankle low enough where ankle socks can cover them up until u get the hang of it and if you want professional ink just get it off ebay its cheap and its tha real deal

 

Answer by outlaw_2pac
Submitted on 3/9/2006
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Hey ya
you cab use vegetabel ink it works gud and is easy 2 get
i try it and is gud and am 16
holla bk
0u+l@w$ 4 l!f3

 

Answer by crim
Submitted on 3/11/2006
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sounds stupid but if you take a knife (this is best for small tatoos) cut what u want into the skin then burst the ink cartrage of a biro pen and mix it into the wound it heals black i have a perfacte crucifix on my hand

 

Answer by 17 tattooer
Submitted on 3/13/2006
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hey......... im 17 an i have 25 tats every where only 1 is professional ..i do them all with a home made gun there kind of simple to make but any way..... u people that r using pen ink .... ur stupid thinkers.. india ink is the best results your gonna get .... bic pens have lead in it ....... do the math; india ink aint the safest but its the next best thing to reel tat ink....  higgins waterproof black india is wat you need to get.............. i do all mine wit it.........no prob'syet

 

Answer by a_little_late
Submitted on 3/21/2006
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well i read this entire forum and i have to say that this was a lot of help even though its 2006 and nobody probably checks this forum anymore i just have to say thanx  

 

Answer by a_little_late
Submitted on 3/21/2006
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well i read this entire forum and i have to say that this was a lot of help even though its 2006 and nobody probably checks this forum anymore i just have to say thanx  

 

Answer by Kody With A K
Submitted on 3/22/2006
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HEY I AND A FRIEND ARE GIVING ARE SELF TATS TO Represet Are Group of friends and are gang that we chill with

 

Answer by scottyboy
Submitted on 3/27/2006
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hello ,,i do tatts for a living and i understand where ya all come from .tattooing is a very mean profesion to be in but like all the other pros i agree you have to be safe ..but like all people under age your not going to listen..so here goes ...india ink  101 ...leave it in the bottle and boil it ..for 5 mins it makes it more constrated then let it cool down it will last for a very long time boil a sewing needle the small ones 20 mins then light it tell its red use a pice of sewing thred around the needle very close to the end the sharp partdip ink and away ya go put some bacrine on after thats it

 

Answer by Kat
Submitted on 3/28/2006
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Dumbasses

 

Answer by zoie
Submitted on 3/31/2006
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over 10 years ago I gave myself several tattoo's using just india ink. They are all still here. I reccomend cleaning everything well and really think about what it is you want a tat of. One of my tats I wish I could so badly remove, it was a impulse tattoo, watch out.. giving tattoos can be very addicting, lol. I reccomend prior to tattooing yourself go to the grocery store and by some pig meat with the skin still on it and practice your tattoo on that first so you have an idea of how your work will look. You don't need to go that deep and remember if there a some spots that don't stay you can touch it up later! If you are hesatant about getting a tat thenjust wait, trust your gut!! and Goodluck!

 

Answer by meg
Submitted on 4/5/2006
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well i just did a tattoo on my index finger about 2 days ago with a needle and sharpie and iv don't it before and it lasted for like a month or so and then faded and I'm 13. then i was talking to a guy yesterday and he said to use Indian ink and i don't know whether to believe him or not soooo....anyone wanna reassure me.

 

Answer by jf
Submitted on 4/5/2006
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dude if you want a sweet tattoo take something pointy and steal some india ink from your art room in school or just use bic pen ink...and stab away! its an addiction! i love tattooing

 

Answer by Quasy
Submitted on 4/9/2006
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All my tats are self did with india ink, at first a saftey pin, then a ahome made tat gun, but I did ten long so I am covered. Umm ink I never got sick from india ink only thing we could get in prison, ash ink and spit doesn't work, pen ink will not last, shave the area wipe it down with alcohol, and start tattoing, when you get done use some A and D creme or anitbiotic creme over it. I used india ink mine are all ten years old and newer all look good, no fading, no green, black dark and still clear. Do it right and safe keep it clean don't share needles. Self tatooing isn;t understood by a lot of people they don't see the the pride in the fact you did it yourself, they want to pay someone. Not that thats'a  bad idea pro tats look good, especially if the dude interned and stuff, but I got a stroy to all mine, and I did them no one elses turn on my idea, no premade flash crap.

 

Answer by babyblue
Submitted on 4/14/2006
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i totally agree. you are tie smart one her but not the only one. i'vedone my own for 3 years and still dont have an infection. but yes, it is a dangerious game.

 

Answer by the dude
Submitted on 4/17/2006
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I just did a small question mark "?" on the bottom part of my right leg.i burned the tip of my saftey pin and then dipped it in hydrogen peroxide.i didnt clean my skin before i started jabbing.but yea i started jabbing and i got a bit of blood.just like little drops though.but then i took a black BIC ink pen and went over all the "wounds".What is the chances of infection?that is my biggest worry at this point.

 

Answer by onlyme
Submitted on 4/19/2006
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you ppl are crazy!!! using ink from a pen? hellloooo ink poisonin and as far as using tape to cover up ur tattoo... why are you'scverin it if you got to a pro (i hvae 5 tats) then they cover it with clingfilm and u leave it for bout two hours then u wash it and leave it open... and put cream on it to help it heal

 

Answer by $pencer
Submitted on 4/19/2006
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everyone here i need to find out how to make a tattoo gun!!! i just did one with a mechanical pencil with a needle stuck in it like lead and some thread wrapped around the base of the needle and it worked pretty well so yeah but some friends want me to do some for them and i need help making a tat gun so yeah help me!!!

 

Answer by Nan
Submitted on 4/19/2006
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Hey everyone, i just did a tat on my ankle of a heart and now im all worried its going to be messed up, what should i do?

I just used like, a needle and pen ink and put a band aid on it so it would be like, clear from "floating particles".

HELP GUYS!!

 

Answer by Trey
Submitted on 4/21/2006
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Hey everyone im new to tattooing and i was wondering if any of u have advice.  I take a safty pin and dip it into pen ink and just poke my skin. it doesnt bleed or look like it goes in deep. I poke it straight in but the ink doesnt stay. any ideas or tips

 

Answer by Trey
Submitted on 4/22/2006
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Hey everyone im new at tattooing and i just put a big heart on my shoulder and this is like my 4th attempt so i got scars infront of this 1 well it seemed to work to just scratch it with a safty pin (haha safty yea right)  after u dip the safty pin into the ink u want to use. after i was done i took the back end of the safty pin dipped it into ink and went over the lines to keep the ink in it.. It isnt that bold yet tho so im gunna go over it again later i think.. also anyone no how i would fill in the heart? email me at trey_rules2001@yahoo.com

 

Answer by etch
Submitted on 4/24/2006
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hey, this is mainly aimed at steph and miss_bittersweet, this thread has most likely closed up time ago, but to everyone out there, im trained professionaly as a body modification artist, but tattoos were never my thing, i love 'em but my drawing isnt neat enough, sooooooo
india ink - BIG NONO, i have friends with india ink tattoos that are fine but there is quite a large risk factor,
clean everything!, you all seem fairly understanding of this point but its serioulsy important, id recomned rubbing alcohol or better still bleach, soak you needles for at least 20mins then boil for a good 20mins or more, this is called HLD [high level disinfection] and its not sterilising! but for your purposes it will have to do,
inks, im gonna have to recommend you have a look around the internet for suppliers of tattoo ink as there really is nothing like it commonly available,
needles, well probably a fairly large but sharp sowing needle or a medium size safety pin, if your working by hand, depth wise you want 2mm or so, but no deeper than 5mm max...
hope that helpful,
fire only tempoairly kills the viruses but there back within a minute or so, but again i used to cut and do skar werks about 7 years ago and before i learnt about HLD i used to heat everything with a jet lighter {so it works but i wouldnt recomend it at all, but better than nothing}...

steph and miss_bittersweet, if you pass this again lemme know how your tats went etch@driven2insanity.com...

keep safe, and go find a professional!

 

Answer by Sancho
Submitted on 4/25/2006
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why is india ink so bad?

 

Answer by The_only_one_here_that_knows_what_hes_doing
Submitted on 4/26/2006
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Ok look..ive given myself 3 tats with INDIA ink - the only reason that the other people's tats infected is because they are dirty bastards. First wash off the area where ur gonna do it. Use a LOT of rubbing alcohol - 70% isopropyl - and constantly rub ur tat as your doing it with clean paper towels and fresh alcohol. Dont be afraid to wash it again when your done, then again with alcohol. Keep it clean like you would any other cut to make sure it doesnt infect (LIKE A PROFESSIONAL TATTOO!)

 

Answer by BabyGangsta
Submitted on 4/27/2006
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I did my tat two nights ago and it was runny but it kinds of burns but not all like that and i used rose art ink so i dont know if it worked cuz i did not wait a week to see just a couple of hours so what should i do now

 

Answer by blazedout
Submitted on 4/28/2006
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i say go wit it but if you do go wit it make sure a good artist still dose it and not you though because it will most likely get mest up if you do it your self be coutious but if you wana do it no one will be able to stop you its now up to you

 

Answer by Beebles
Submitted on 5/1/2006
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Ugh, middle-schoolers and high-schoolers scarring themselves for life. You kids will regret this later. You're toying with your flesh and possibly your life just to look cool to your friends... ugh.

 

Answer by Stang
Submitted on 5/5/2006
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Awhile ago i gave myself a tattoo with ink from a pen.  A few days later it was badly swollen and infected i had to get a shot it was so bad. Now i my tat is barly there. I want to do it again but I wanted to know what i did wrong. Can you help me????????

 

Answer by HOODY HOO
Submitted on 5/8/2006
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Im 15 and i9 put a dot on my arm bout a year ago by writin wit a pen til the ink was really thick then stabbing it wit a safety pin. ive also got one on my leg i did with a homemade tattoo gun and i used BIC ink and they both are still there.

 

Answer by me
Submitted on 5/15/2006
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hey guys alota great advice n warning i'llkeep all that stuff in mind however i still dont know wtf im doin i'v tried a few times to tattoo myself and its either faded after a week or so and once it got 'infected' i think it was more a reaction of my skin to the ink anyways i ended up with 1/2 CM deep scab that fell out and left a hole that took a good 6 weeks to heal but im all good now no problems i just havnt figured out how to do it properly yet all iv been doing is heating a needle dipping it in pen ink and then 'stabing' myself is this right? why wont it stay? what am i doin wrong?

 

Answer by inkfreak
Submitted on 5/16/2006
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ive got 1 and if u want 1 just do it it doesnt hurt much i done it with india ink and a sewing needle wrapede with tread to soak the ink just if ure going to do make sure u wont regret it

 

Answer by SuperSadist
Submitted on 5/16/2006
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I gave myself a tattoo on my wrist in bic ink its safe it looks really good. I used a sterilized needle and ink.

 

Answer by Spanky69+420
Submitted on 5/18/2006
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Damn i agree with all the people that said do it i have an angelic symbol on my back and two iron crosses on my for arms and they worked great.

 

Answer by jesse2002
Submitted on 5/21/2006
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yeah
defenetly
(i don't know if it is spelled correct but)
DO IT

 

Answer by elexis16
Submitted on 5/22/2006
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I'm 22 years old. I have 2 tattoos both done with India ink. I have done 4 on myself. I started out with initials on my ankle, covered them up with other initials, then covered those up with my goddess symbol i have now. I also have a Celtic triskidalion above that. I never had any problems or infections at all. I have given tattoos to 5 friends also none of which have had any problems. The redness & slight swelling is to be expected & happens even when professionally tattooed. In my experience & my friends experience BIC ink is horrible for you. Everyone I have seen use it has either gotten an infection or a very bad result. Jail house tattoos done with ash & such were hard to do, messy, and caused infection about 75% of the time. I don't even want to think about the harm you guys did with a sharpie yuck, I don't even want to smell them let alone put that crap in my body. The India Ink is what we found to work the best. I new sterilized sewing needle works the best & has a much sharper & finer point for detail work. They are harm to hold so you will want to thread the needle and wrap thread around it to hold onto. Plus if you are doing it by hand without a gun it helps to hold the ink so you don't have to reload the needle as often. Safety pens often do more harm than good too big of a point, not enough control, & not sharp enough you have to press too hard and then go too deep.  As to it causing infertility, all of us who have tried to have children have done so, some even accidentally lol so thats a crock & the children are fine no defects whatsoever. None of us have gotten sick. Plus our tats have never smeared or faded out as long as there deep enough. We are all in our 20's now & they were done from age 13 & up. Mine were done at age 15, & 17 and the cover ups at age 21 & 22 (couldn't decide how I wanted that one lol). So there's my opinion. If anyone wants to see pic of mine post on here and ill send them to you in an email. Elexis
PS. My advice is never tattoo something on a whim. Make sure its something you will be proud of no matter what age you are. Try to put them somewhere you can cover them up if you ever need to. We all get jobs eventually and not every employer is tattoo friendly mine isn't lol.

 

Answer by elexis16
Submitted on 5/22/2006
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Also something I forgot to add The India Ink I'm talking about is the natural kind not the alcohol based. There is a difference. Also I see some of you are trying to carve or scratch it in and that will not set in & work. You have to stab it in. Elexis

 

Answer by Diablo
Submitted on 5/26/2006
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i need to know. i kno someone that carved a star in there arm and put ink in it do u think this is a good idea for a tat??

 

Answer by Tattoo'd 4 years
Submitted on 5/31/2006
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Ok ... well all you pilons ... i'm 28 and have a BUNCH of tattoo's that i have done with a "Homemade Gun & India Ink"   for one .. its NOT poisonous and/or Causes birth Defects ... as i have 5 CHILDREN ... dumbasses ... if ya wanna do it yourself .. do it .. but dont be stupid about it !!

 

Answer by megadoob12
Submitted on 6/2/2006
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i carved out a cross in my hand with a razor blade and then drew in it with a sharpy is that bad?.

 

Answer by mika_cropp
Submitted on 6/16/2006
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i had a friend do most of my ink work w/ prison ink its a wierd mixture but it works like a charm ive got 62 tattoos and 20 of them were professional and its all worked out so far itle be sore for a couple of days but youll get over it ive hade the same homemade gun for two years and its still holden up i replace the needle each time i use it but it's totaly on que....i would tell you to wait untile your old enough but i didnt so i wont, but if you want one worth showen off to your friends get some1 who will say their your mom or dad then go and get a real one but if your parents wont allow you to get a tat then dont be stupid and get somethen huge and in sight get somethen small that doesnt stand out too much till then im out homies

 

Answer by XxPhYsCo<.>PaThIc<.>GiRlxX
Submitted on 6/16/2006
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Really i respect self pain.I once was young and cut a star in my wrist i was like 13 and i am 18 not and still here.But you should get a pro to do it. It might look all cool.But can make very big mistakes trying to be cool.But i myself like self tattoos there pretty AwEsOmE!!! But always be safe when u do!!!

 

Answer by tyger
Submitted on 6/21/2006
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what kind of pen ink do i use do make my own tattoo

 

Answer by j-morro
Submitted on 6/23/2006
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ive done a star on my bicep about a week ago with a Bic pen and it still seems to be goin strong. my advice tho would be to get real tattoo ink off ebay, theres heaps of it there in different colours and u only pay 10-20 dollars for a pack of 6 colours, that seems the easiest way to do it for me...

 

Answer by Doc
Submitted on 6/25/2006
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India ink is a good way to go i have 33 home made tatoos from my elbows down that i did myself all with india ink atleast it is better then pen ink but then im gettting ready to get 2 more tonight plus i do other peoples tatoos and they look greaqt all with a needle india ink and thread it aint bad if you concider every letter a tatoo i have like 150 to 200 to many to cound all on my arms so my answer is if you know what your doing then do it!!!!!!!!!! any comments e-mail me at crazy_kid6969@yahoo.com

 

Answer by Casper
Submitted on 6/25/2006
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Hey guys and girls,
I think it's great that so many ppl have taken an interest in a topic like giving yourself home made tats... I built myself a gun with a motor from an RC racing car that I found at the salvation army for 4 dollars and a bracket I bought from home depot a long time ago and didn't use and I taped them together, then I taped the front tip of a BIC pen (The part where the ball point writing thing on the pen is) to the other end if the bracket and used a paper clip that I sharpened REALLY sharp needle like and disinfected. Then I attached the metal connectors on the back of the motor to a 9Volt adapter (Transformer) that I had laying around and put an S on my leg using the ink from the BIC pen, I blew it out of the ink tube into a bottle cap and traced the S I already drew lightly on my leg using a regular pen. It came out pretty good and I've had it for 2 years. Cheers everyone!

 

Answer by Casper
Submitted on 6/25/2006
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Hey guys and girls,
I think it's great that so many ppl have taken an interest in a topic like giving yourself home made tats... I built myself a gun with a motor from an RC racing car that I found at the salvation army for 4 dollars and a bracket I bought from home depot a long time ago and didn't use and I taped them together, then I taped the front tip of a BIC pen (The part where the ball point writing thing on the pen is) to the other end if the bracket and used a paper clip that I sharpened REALLY sharp needle like and disinfected. Then I attached the metal connectors on the back of the motor to a 9Volt adapter (Transformer) that I had laying around and put an S on my leg using the ink from the BIC pen, I blew it out of the ink tube into a bottle cap and traced the S I already drew lightly on my leg using a regular pen. It came out pretty good and I've had it for 2 years. Cheers everyone!

 

Answer by REDNECK O1
Submitted on 6/28/2006
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DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT JUST DONT THINK ABOUT IT AND DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Answer by DarkStarFairy
Submitted on 7/1/2006
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Well, I don't think anyone reads this thing anymore...but I don't care I am going to put my 2 cents in anyway. One night all of my friends were over and we were bored, so we decided to give ourselves tattoos. One of my friends used India Ink, and the rest of us used ink from a BIC pen. I am working on a tiny star on my wrist, below my palm..I work on it every night, and it is starting to take form and I really love it. But the friend that used the India Ink, after she got done it looked really puffy, unlike the rest of us...I am worried that she may be hurt..but anyway....if you would like to get in touch with me to discuss about self-tattooing, I would love to talk about it...e-mail or IM me at DarkStarFairy495@aol.com....bye!!

 

Answer by Scott
Submitted on 7/3/2006
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Well, I did a tattoo of my initials when I was 16 on my ankle with writers ink and a sewing needle. I'm 21 now and it still looks good. I now have many professional tattoos and can speak with a little experience. If you want to do a tat yourself, go ahead. Tattoos are expensive but don't think about doing a big piece. Do something like your initials, a star, heart... Use rubbing alcohol to sterilize the skin and needle. After the tattoo, again apply rubbing alcohol. Buy tattoo ink from eBay. Seriously, it's $4.00.

First, draw what you want on your skin. Then take the sterilized needle and poke it into the skin just a little bit. Remember it must go into the first layer of skin to stay there. THEN, after 40 or 50 little pokes, add a small dab of ink and rub off with a rag. Continue to do so until your canvas is finished.

TOUCHING UP: Always wait 10-14 days when the tattoo is healed to do touch ups. Simply go over the areas that need more ink.

 

Answer by Mr.B
Submitted on 7/4/2006
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Well what can I say, after over 30 hours of professional tattoos on my body I also got the idea into tattooing myself, so far 5 tattoos, the first one didn't turn out all that good guess I didn't use the right depth on the needle but I didn't use a safety pin or nothing that sounds like kind of crazy, well I got me all the equipment, tattoo gun, needles and ink, no autoclave or nothing since I'm using new needles and disposable tubes but I would not recommend anyone to do it on your own with a safety pin, isn't that more painful??  well do it if you must is a good experience !

 

Answer by new tattooist
Submitted on 7/10/2006
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dont use india ink!  the reason is bad for you is b/c it's not non-toxic, or acid free.  it's the same as ingesting some sort of toxic household cleaner.  

find an acid free, non-toxic ink, preferably water proof.  it works.

 

Answer by epona
Submitted on 7/10/2006
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ok, im gonna do it tonight xD if anyone wants to clarify the best way i should do it, post, or aim bonemartyr, ill be on all night.  <3s

 

Answer by lovley
Submitted on 7/14/2006
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i tryed giving myself one last night with a safty pin a lighter and a bic. i only went i about 1mm and looks like its gunna stay

 

Answer by james duggins
Submitted on 7/14/2006
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i just bought a tattoo kit, and done properly and cleanly, with time and the right money spent on it, you can save money in the long haul, if you want a few, take your time . a good thing in the right hands

 

Answer by ed
Submitted on 7/15/2006
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well. i gave myself a tat on my left wrist of a heart. i used a simple sewing needle and some ink from a ball point pen. i came out fine. was a bit scabbed for a couple of days and now about 8 or 9 months later it's still there just a bit faded though. if i had used more ink it would have been darker now though. i was just afraid to use a lot for fear of infection. i've been thinking about getting another one of something different on my ankle. i wanted to also make a gun to make it easier but using a needle is pretty damn easy. doesn't even hurt that much. i've also pierced my lip (my friend did it for me) and that also came out fine. you just have to keep everything sterile and keep your body clean and use common sense. going to a professional doesn't always garantee a clean piece of artwork. i'd rather make sure that everything was clean myself.

just don't be really stupid and you can get away with it.

 

Answer by Whatshisface.
Submitted on 7/17/2006
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I have a heart tattooed on my lower hip. I used blue ink from a non-toxic pen. I heated up the needle and used rubbing alcohol to sterolize it. It took a few times of retouching it, but it has stayed for 2 1/3 years now. I don't know if the same thing will happen to you, but I went swimming about a week after I finished it and the skin around it was really irritated and itchy. I also have an X tattooed on my ankle, and it looks really stupid and I regret that I did it now. Just remember, it's going to be there for a long time.

 

Answer by Dozer
Submitted on 7/20/2006
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I just carved myself a tattoo on my left ankle. I used a Bic pen and its swollen now...what do I do? I no I was stupid but I wasn't thinking...I was just so mad...long story and I don't wanna get into it...sorry..n e ways, but do you think I'm gonna get an infection? Gimme your opinions...Please...My e-mail is pantherz9690@aol.com...E-mail your comments! I'd like to know what to do...Thanks..

 

Answer by Peach
Submitted on 7/22/2006
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I just bought a tattoo gun on ebay, and a complete set to get me started - I plan to tattoo myself soon. I want a tattoo for my best mate who passed away, one for "Kajira", a Gorean, no not Korean, Gorean, word and then maybe one for my partner.

 

Answer by amyz
Submitted on 7/24/2006
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can u use any normal pen ink ??
please let me no i wana do a tatoo

 

Answer by haleigh
Submitted on 7/26/2006
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i gave my self a tattoo on my wrist, and its worked. just take the ink out of a regular bic pen, which thicker ink tend to work better, and keep punchtering the skin with a needle and generous amout of ink. once your done, wipe the wound with a hot, damp rag . what ever doesnt come off is mostly perminate. dont get your tattoo wet for abouta week and a half, or it will scab over and just not work. Dont hot tub or allow the tattoo to have direct conect with the sun.wash it out daily and apply a non-fragrcened lotion to it once a day. If it starts getting infected, see a doctor. dont put neosprion unless it has gotten infected, otherwise it will cause the tattoo to scab over as well.

 

Answer by a.k.a friday
Submitted on 7/27/2006
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can i use pen ink and printer ink and blooil it in a sodia cane im 13                          

 

Answer by iliveinsideout
Submitted on 8/3/2006
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I tryed a couple times to get a tattoo. I try to make them meaningful to me. I just used a sharpie & a needle. last time i did it it didnt work but i used sharpie because it is non-toxic.all i really want is a peace sign on my hip & something symbolizing a string then the saying "never let go till the end" but i dont think im gonna regret it cause its representing something in my life, & it meanssomething to me not just some dumb picture.
im only 14. but i really dont want to wait because it shows wants going on in my life now, & if i get it later, it wont mean as much to me as it does now because the stuff that it represents might not be going on. even tho i hope it still will be even tho i hate it. Can someone please tell me how to do it more "correctly" so its more permenant? i dont think i am going to get an infection because i have never got one before. & i rarely get them  

 

Answer by iliveinsideout
Submitted on 8/3/2006
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I tryed a couple times to get a tattoo. I try to make them meaningful to me. I just used a sharpie & a needle. last time i did it it didnt work but i used sharpie because it is non-toxic.all i really want is a peace sign on my hip & something symbolizing a string then the saying "never let go till the end" but i dont think im gonna regret it cause its representing something in my life, & it meanssomething to me not just some dumb picture.
im only 14. but i really dont want to wait because it shows wants going on in my life now, & if i get it later, it wont mean as much to me as it does now because the stuff that it represents might not be going on. even tho i hope it still will be even tho i hate it. Can someone please tell me how to do it more "correctly" so its more permenant? i dont think i am going to get an infection because i have never got one before. & i rarely get them  

 

Answer by lizzay
Submitted on 8/6/2006
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hey i have a star tattoo on my toe and i wanna color it in. any suggestions? what type of ink should i use? pleeeeaasee email me at soadrocks_890@yahoo.com

 

Answer by AliKill
Submitted on 8/23/2006
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IF YOU MUST... 1st make yourself a tattoo gun..2nd go out and purchase some TATTOO INK..Wipe away excess ink and cover for about a week..DONT FORGET 2 STERALIZE YOUR NEEDLE

 

Answer by Andrew
Submitted on 8/26/2006
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Hey Ya'll dont worry about it, indian ink is fine, i had a friend do a heart with my girl friends name in it and flames on the top, ill show you that tat and it came along great no infections and no big deal and to answer some people's questions scrath and poke, where you want it lighter and darker...e mail me or add me if u want more information Androo_mallis@hotmail.com

 

Answer by leftnizzle19
Submitted on 8/27/2006
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i gave myself 1 when i was ten and i used india ink .im 18 know and it looks good.i gave 4 other tattoo's tha same way.

 

Answer by Melly
Submitted on 8/28/2006
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okay i really really really want a tattoo now and everyone is saying its pretty safe. So what about a sharpie as ink? will that stay or what? please help

 

Answer by whatever
Submitted on 9/2/2006
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Just as a general note, The ink that tattoo artist use doesnt have a list of ingredients. They buy in bulk and in colors. If you are allergic to iodine you might be better off not trying it. At least you know with India ink  

 

Answer by Bri
Submitted on 9/6/2006
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Okay, so I just tattooed myself today, using India Ink by the way, so far it has turned out just fine.  I am waiting day by day to see how it goes.  I used a sterile needle and yeah it hurt like hell, but the words "Carpe Diem" turned out wondefully on the palm of my hand.  Everyone says I was stupid, but whatever, it would not be the first time if it gets infected.  My navel ring got infected too, but I took that out.  But lucky for me, one of my best friends is an apprentice in a tattoo shop and she has done several of her own tattoos.  So she told me what to do and how to clean it.  So yeah, to me it seems perfectly fine for now.  I suppose I will keep posting as time progresses.

 

Answer by dreadlock_princess
Submitted on 9/6/2006
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So here is my remark.  I gave myself a tattoo today and I used india ink and a needle.  So far it is all okay, and my best friend is currently an apprentice for a tattoo shop and not to mention she has successfully done all of her own tattoos time and time again.  She instructed me on cleaning it and so far it has been about 7 hours or so.  I will keep you all updated on the progress if my awesome palm tattoo that says "Carpe Diem"!!!

 

Answer by lagrimas
Submitted on 9/7/2006
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if u want ink burn checker pises anall the black smoke gather it with a paper and put it in like a little cup and mix it with shampoo and u could use it as ink i got a tattoo like thats wat they do in jail

 

Answer by G-off
Submitted on 9/8/2006
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I don't care what you guys say. I know quite a few older dudes that gave themselves tattoos with india ink like 20 years ago and they had no problem, no infection and they still look good. I liked the idea so much that I got a lil' tipsy and let my friend give me a tattoo with a single needle and didn't even cry so stop yer' belly-aching you girly pants sissies and get out there to a Michaels or a JoAnn Fabrics, get some india ink and just start a stabbin'    

 

Answer by dumb ass
Submitted on 9/9/2006
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no i would not advise it i did it myself and within 2 days i was sitting in the emergancy room being told that it got infected and i never even left my house so... not a good idea they operated and operated and operated in the end chop! yes my entire foot had to be amputated so stop think is it worth savin about £10 hmm i love that foot but at least i saved a tenna lol think aboot it!

 

Answer by Markel
Submitted on 9/11/2006
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Alright people, first of all, india ink and bic ink may not be safe, but as long as you dont tattoo on/near veins and you dont go to deep you've got NOTHING to worry about, ive given myself numerous tattoos (along with lots of piercings). Just rmemeber a tattoo needle only goes 1/32 of an inch into your skin, just enough to puncture the dermis...

 

Answer by BRANO
Submitted on 9/13/2006
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I PUT A TATTO ON MY ARM IT SAID"BLOOD" WITH A BIC INK PEN AND IT LOOKS GOOD AND ITS BEEN OVER 4WEEKS

 

Answer by BRANO
Submitted on 9/13/2006
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I PUT A TATTOO ON MY ARM IT SAID"BLOOD" WITH A INKPEN AND IT LOOKS GOOD AND ITS BEEN OVER 4WEEKS

 

Answer by Lucifer's Daughter
Submitted on 9/14/2006
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Well, I am going to do a tattoo tonight. On my ankle. It's going to be a star or a heart, maybe even the devil's star. I'm gonna use Sharpie or Bic. I'll get back to you all.

 

Answer by modpixie
Submitted on 9/19/2006
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can you use water saluble ink to do a diy tat? cuz i did b4 but it faded away now so i duno if the needle was the wrong kind of needle wrong kind of ink or what.

 

Answer by john
Submitted on 9/21/2006
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i did an x on my leg cause i really just wanted to test if this actully worked. I don't think mine will get infected but if it does its going to suck so bad my parents will kill me. I t will be so awesome if it works. does anybody have any tips on how to do it. right now im just heating a  needle with a lighter then useing bic pen ink and sticking it in my leg.

 

Answer by docta grim
Submitted on 9/21/2006
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ive given many tattoo's and im now turning 16 believe it or not but all of my clients have been satisfied but i also have a certificate in art mastery so its prolly not the smartest thing to do going and giving yourself a tattoo

 

Answer by tattoo dude
Submitted on 9/24/2006
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Look its an obvisy answer, ive heard tons of people ask "whats a safe ink to use?" well TATTOO INK ....go to ebay buy some tattoo ink and blame your set , no worries about the ink causing any dammage. Use clean needles and practice safe tattoing, Have fun........................

 

Answer by littlelovergirl_84
Submitted on 10/4/2006
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hey i got some india ink and hand needles will that work

 

Answer by Kalcon
Submitted on 10/7/2006
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Hey I read on a couple sites that India ink can make it so you can't get pregnant in some cases.Does mixing ash and water work?

 

Answer by RICK EQUINOX
Submitted on 10/9/2006
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I dont know if this debate is still going on, but i would really like some advice on some top quality tattoo inks out there, I've heared STAR BRITE and INTENZE inks are good but are toxic and contain heavy metals and other dubious substances, is this true? I've also checked out ETERNAL inks from the UK and have read they are made from non toxic natural substances, has anyone used these inks who can give me some feed back on them?
TA, RICK.

 

Answer by Henry
Submitted on 10/14/2006
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You can use india ink, and it will look okay, but personally i would go for actual ink - online it costs about $5 an ounce, which is enough for 10 tattoos at least.

And dont listen to negative people! DIY tattoos can look just as good, and be just as safe, as store bought ones.  Sterilize your stuff, and know what your doing, and you should be fine. People only know I did my own tattoos if I tell them, but I know, and that makes them so much more personal.

 

Answer by A
Submitted on 10/15/2006
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I just did my own. did an A on my ankle cus its the initial of my first name but i did it like the anarchist sign looks good so far. this might sound dumb but if you did it on the ankle bone it hurts a lot less than anywere else i tried.

peace

 

Answer by Big c
Submitted on 10/23/2006
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I put three dots on my hand and nuttin happened its still here on my hand but yea go to a tatoo artists if u want a big one but i think a simple dot woodnt matter

 

Answer by lady
Submitted on 10/29/2006
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I've been wanting to get a tattoo for long time. But I'm only 16, so I can't without my parents permission. So last night I cut my skin on the lower part of the side of my hand(near my thumb) in the shape of a star, and it only bled a little. Then after the patted the little bit of blood off, I went over it with Sharpie and it kind of went into the cut. So do you think if I let it heal over it will stay?? Idk, and now I'm afraid to wash it off because I really don't want the ink to wash out of the cut.

 

Answer by sparhu
Submitted on 10/30/2006
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i gave myself a tat of a gothic cross using a sterile jagged edge piece of can, and a puddle of bic pen ink, i ve had it for about a week , and im afraid it will faid, HELP!  sparhu@yahoo.com thanx

 

Answer by Chiefy
Submitted on 11/4/2006
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I just did a small 'x' today. It's located over my heart, is very discreet (almost hidden by my bra), and very small. I did it with black BIC ink. It's fairly weak for a first application, and I'm gonna do a few more, now that I now how far in to go and such. I'm a major needle wimp, but it didn't hurt nearly as much as I expected it to.

Just remember to disinfect the crap out of everything, trace a pattern beforehand, and don't be stupid about it. I doubt you'll love that little Spiderman in twenty years.

I have yet to tell anyone... I'm a bit nervous. My friends aren't the tattoo type. I'm gonna wait a few weeks until it's better formed (right now it's an 'x' scar with a few gobs of ink... kind of pathetic), and then break it to them when they're in better moods.

Good luck to all y'all!

 

Answer by B man
Submitted on 11/10/2006
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dont listen to all the idiots telling u ur an idiot. you can do it yourself. just make sure u rub enough ink into the scar. and rub some of the ink on the bandaid that you will cover it up with later. it helps the ink stay in during the healing process.

 

Answer by robin
Submitted on 11/11/2006
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HELP.  everyone is saying bad things about india ink and i used it but if i tell my parents they actually might beat me.  im scared, what should i do?

 

Answer by LiBbY lOu
Submitted on 11/17/2006
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well i'm considering leting my friend give me one. but i dont know. i really want one. ever since my bf took me with him to get his.

 

Answer by Princess </3
Submitted on 11/19/2006
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Hey.

so my friend and I gave outselfs matching hearts on out hips.

We drew it first with a clean bick pen, and then we cut it with a razor, and then went over it when some pen again.

They seem good so far. so im not to worried but how long do you think they'll stay?

 

Answer by just one more voice
Submitted on 11/20/2006
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I have done two home jobs on my thighs (the only place I could hide them) and have received a couple of very nice pieces on my shoulder from a talented professional artist named Puka, in Sydney Australia. You'll all have made up your own minds by now, but let me relay my experience anyway.
When I was 12 I cut a design into my left thigh. Then I rubbed a large amount of semi-solid ink into it and wrapped it. This worked for a few months, but now it's mostly scar-tissue. For the right, I used a home made gun similar to the one above and Indian ink for an art supply shop. I now have a green cross on my right thigh. I was never sick from the Indian ink (as someone above suggested) and I was very careful about infection.
However, I show of my shoulders all the time, and receive many positive comments. When girls see my thighs but, they just ask why I would do that to myself. To the general public, tattooing yourself is akin to self-mutilation. And in the tattooing community, it's seen as stupidity.
Make up your own minds...

 

Answer by tatted and pierced
Submitted on 11/21/2006
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yea dude, i dont think nebody cares, we're kids and we wont listen to u, all u said wuz just a waste of breath, were gonna do it cuz were crazy, half of us on this are under 18 and our parents suck and wont let us get them or we dont have the money, so y would we wait when we can do it now for free,   duh!!!!

 

Answer by insanekid33
Submitted on 11/22/2006
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hey guys i put a cross on my left pointed finger yesterday night it didnt hurt and it seems to be staying

 

Answer by fuzzy_bunny
Submitted on 12/6/2006
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So,  I just did a tiny cross tattoo with india ink.  I used a thin beading needle that I sterilized with fire (you have to wait until it turns red, nothing lives on a hot poker, according to my micro teacher).  The way I controlled the pain was that I wrapped an ice cube in a wet paper towel, and used it to clean off the excess ink every five to ten stabs/scratches.  I also stabbed with a slow, controlled movement, and made sure that eventually the area I was tattooing weaped.  I hope that it stays, and that it doesn't blead, but if it doesn't then oh well

 

Answer by tisk tisk
Submitted on 12/7/2006
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WEll you know what, ive givin my slef 3 tattoos one star on my knee and one heart on my leg and and angel on my ankle,but i just did the heart on my leg and belive it im only 14, but i may think that the heart may be infected, and i used blue pen ink into it, but its all good:)
so thats about it,
payce!

 

Answer by Buhree
Submitted on 12/11/2006
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me and my friend were wanting to do our own tattoos and we were going to use like syringe needles i read this whole forum and no one has used them soo should we use something else or does anyone know away you could use them and is india ink better or bic?

 

Answer by heatherriffic
Submitted on 12/19/2006
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everyones talkin about goin to get a pro to do it. blah blah blah.
what about.if you wanna do it do it.

im an artist, and personally think putting ur artwork on ur body is amazing.
do it if you want.just be careful!

 

Answer by Emily
Submitted on 12/24/2006
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So I've done six or so tattoos in the last few months so I have a good idea of what to do. I'm 15 and I personaly have a spider web on my right hip, and a spider on my left ankle.  In regards to ink, NO BIC INK!! That ink is way too thick. India Ink is worse than Bic ink.  Use a caligraphy ink.  Use this stuff called "Eternal" that you can pick up at any craft store.  Use a sewing needle with the non-pointy end in the eraser end of a pencil and wrap the needle with thread only leaving about an 1/8 of an inch of needle showing.  The thread will hold the ink.  Clean with Witch Hazel; it works the best. Clean after each time you ink, then redo any parts.  Keep cleaning till you are satisfied. Then on your last round, leave the ink to stay for 10 minutes; no longer no less.  Wash off and put a band-aid on and there you go!

 

Answer by kitty.
Submitted on 1/16/2007
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I need help. Does anyone know how to make a homemade gun?

 

Answer by Asherr
Submitted on 1/17/2007
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Uhm, I did one yesterday.  I just cut a few mm into my arm with an exacto knife and inked it several times with a permanent marker.  Thencut a few more mm and reinked. Is it gonna work?

 

Answer by lilsaint951
Submitted on 1/19/2007
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yea i have a question how far should the needle in a homemadde tat gun stick out????? email me if you have any answers for me at lilsaint951@aim.com somebody please send me an answer

 

Answer by mike hughes - tattoo artist
Submitted on 1/28/2007
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o and, you people who think "tattoos done at shops last forever" are horribly wrong. granted they last longer then india ink but they need touch ups every few years. most of them give the first one free but after that need to be payed for. the skins layers fall off and with that comes the ink that didnt make it fully under the first few layers of skin. this goes on until we die.so if you want your tattoo to look as "brilliant as it did when you first got it" you goin to spend probably 150 bucks extra on a 200 dollar tattoo

 

Answer by yeah..
Submitted on 1/30/2007
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you guys are all idiots.. every one of you.. from the 12 year olds who don't even know if a tattoo is done by stabbing at or scraping?? the skin.. to the stupid pricks who say be careful its dangerous you could die.. all of you please die..

 

Answer by Faded:Photo
Submitted on 1/31/2007
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OK so I'm new to this whole tattooing thing and i need some answers
what kind of needle/ink should i use?
how should i sterilize it?
what do i do after??
Some advice would be great..

 

Answer by The Reaper
Submitted on 2/8/2007
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Hello my names Joe i am 17 and have a tattoo i used a needle and black ink from a bic ink pen and a wet cloth i have had it for a year and it still has not went away...so yeah mynes a cross on my  right pec on my chest.i only touched it up one time and always make sure the skin bleeds because if you dont have it in deep enough it will seep out.thats my advice hopefully it helps you guys.

 

Answer by chaosthadon
Submitted on 2/10/2007
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i made a homemade tatto wit just sum ink from a pen i did a big 3, and a cross on my shoulder.. that stuff stayed but my 3 faded in about a month... if youre gonna do that, use vasceline or lotion to keep your tat moisturized, so taht it doesnt get dry and peel... and if youre gonna do it unproffecionally dont be stupid, steralize the needle and dont poke too far into the blood n shiiieet... N if yal got any hints or tipz help a homeboy out.

 

Answer by OxD
Submitted on 2/14/2007
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well, i just tattooed myself with india ink.
for calligraphy.
3rd time.
hope i dont get sick ^_^

 

Answer by Hate...its what I am
Submitted on 2/15/2007
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I did a Tat last night with pen ink and and x-acto knife. It worked prety well theyr small so that might be part of it. You just need to know your limits to pain and then get a desing. But yeh it was great. I made a tattoo gun while i was at it.

 

Answer by the_deadly
Submitted on 2/18/2007
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i think iv tried it 4 times now and it has not stayed there i think I'm going to try it again with the ink not a sharpie will someone help me plzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Answer by the_deadly
Submitted on 2/18/2007
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i think iv tried it 4 times now and it has not stayed there i think I'm going to try it again with the ink not a sharpie will someone help me please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Answer by art+music=mylife
Submitted on 2/20/2007
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I am contemplating giving myself a tattoo. I do though have a very low threshold for pain. So from those that have given themselves tattoos...better or worse that professionally????? Much love

 

Answer by spiker
Submitted on 2/26/2007
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I did a tatt on me with indian ink when I was 15 and it whent great just do it

 

Answer by Kasey
Submitted on 3/2/2007
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This isn't an answer. more of a question, I used a purple gel pen to put a cross on my hip, it looks bruised but doesn't hurt that bad, did I get ink poisoning and am I going to die? I'd rather do that than tell my parents. I've had it for two days and the purpleness around my tattoo seems to be fading, but I'm freaking out. I never do anything bad, my dad would kill me!

 

Answer by yea man
Submitted on 3/7/2007
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ok i did mine with bik pin ink and heres how i did it, unscrew your pen take the ink reservoir out and blow the ink on a jar lid, and mixed some colgate plain tooth paste in the ink for thickness, this is also one of the ways they do prison tattoos, and i used a needle tied onto a pencil with thread, i drew the out line of a smiley face, and then did the deed, it looks just like the out line, i have no infection nor pain, the toothpaste also help with fading problems, if it does'ntlast oh well but i don't think it's going any where, well if you do this hopefully you will have the luck i did,i am still stoked i did it and am to dally glad i did it.

 

Answer by laurenloserface
Submitted on 3/8/2007
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yeah. imah do it right now. and for you ppl hating on it. GET OVER IT. its one of the things in life. its not fun if other ppl do it. LIVE LIVE. GET OVER IT.
im me if u want
dIAMONDeYESxHH

 

Answer by swirl
Submitted on 3/15/2007
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okay i have been considering this whole self tat thing and i was just thinking about  cutting the skin then working over it with ink . has that been successful with u guys also is ball point ink better?  is hard to make round points? and how long does it take? responde if u got a min thanx.

 

Answer by jdr
Submitted on 3/19/2007
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yeah.. butt cheeks

 

Answer by black fetus
Submitted on 3/20/2007
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Why don't we fill hollowed out shotgun shells full of ink and shoot each others legs? Its a good idea. LOL

 

Answer by Ballin
Submitted on 3/21/2007
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iight check dis out i jus used a sewing needle and wraped it wit thread wel i used 2 needles so i can get done faster but n e ways i used normal pen ink i washed everthing made sure its alll clean and stuff... im almost done a lil left but any one else use normal pen ink?........hit me bak asap!!!!!!!!!!

 

Answer by Trey
Submitted on 3/24/2007
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wow 3 years since last post dang well this is bugging me since people say indian ink is dangerous my artist did all his with it before he became a pro and i got a wbsite that has perfect website http://www.fecalface.com/SF/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=282&Itemid=104

 

Answer by insert name here
Submitted on 3/24/2007
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you are all confusing and or scaring me.
At first I was going to do this with india ink and a needle...then it was pen ink...now i don't think i'm doing it at all.  This was not very helpful to be honest.  All the drama over I'm a real tattoo artist listen to me or stfu cause we know what we're talking about.  Everyone's body is going to react differently. like a f*cking cold.  Some people can go about their normal lives and some people are bed ridden for a week.  some people may get infections from tattoos and some may have them for the rest of their lives.  Hell, half the side-effects you guys are talking about can happen if you get a tattoo profesionally done too.  Do what you want with your body, just remember you have to face the consequences.  Never regret it, just don' do something incredibly stupid.  Like tattoo your boyfriend of three month's name on the inside of your wrist :|

 

Answer by casper
Submitted on 3/27/2007
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is this board still open? i just wanted to add what i did. i got an exto blade and cut a star into my leg and then colored over it in sharpie. it didn't work that well, but i think after it heals a little better that i might just put the ink on the blade and then do it that way. i was wondering if you could use sharpies.

 

Answer by Trish
Submitted on 3/28/2007
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Arright, so most of u guys sound chill enough, im 16 run Cross Country, Track, yeah i like to run. I've told my parents im gettin a tattoo, that ill find a way, i dont care what they do. I want for my first to be a half-dollar sized wing on my right ankle, and i know exactly what color, i researched an stuff. I got a plan that might work for some of you, I looked up which states have age restrictions, and found the following:
FL - have to be 16 or older
Conneticut- Minors have to have Consent
and a couple of states have rules like this, so for those of you with parents who tell you to wait till your 18, or till your out of the house, its really not that long of a wait if you manuever the right way.
Best thing to do would be get as much info as you can so you sound like you know whats goin on. i live in NY but i got a fastpitch tournament in CT and vacation in FL, pretty smooth huh?
Basically anyway you can, figure out a way, our parents and their parents and so on, they left the us the world polluted and wartorn, why would we listen to their wishes when all we have is ourselves? Do what you think and feel is right for you, and dont conform, Be your own idol. Im not a commie, a socialist, i just dont agree with the way we are being 'used'. Little things in life are what make it yours.PLAY YOUR MUSIC AS LOUD AS YOU WANT. Peace out.

 

Answer by wutevimright
Submitted on 3/28/2007
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i did a india ink tat like 4 months ago and for a while the one on my wirst was green but antibacterial stuff helped it....now its fine, it doesnt look the greatest but oh well ill deal, its bull that the ink is poisonous...its the best ink to use, i say go to someone that knows what they're doing tho and do something meaningful that way you dont regret it.

 

Answer by fox racer
Submitted on 3/28/2007
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hey all,
im only 15 years old and i just did a cross on my left forearm. all i did was carve the cross in my arm, then filled in the cut with ink, did i do it right??

 

Answer by good advice
Submitted on 4/1/2007
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if you insist on self tattooing,practice first remember it will be there for-EVER!

 

Answer by Jimmy
Submitted on 4/3/2007
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okay hey guys whats up? so my cousin (16) had made a heart on his arm with he said a needle and ink.. he lives a little bit outta my way and i dont wanna bother him about it + im too lazy so im makin sure i did this right... I took a safety pin (forgot to sterilize) an dbasically did the same thing were like u know how when u were little you could stick it through like your fingers and let it hang there and everyone thought it was cool? well i basically did that to get the skin off and in a few places i did it kind ato hard and a lil water came out then i put bic ink over it and waited a few mins and then put bandaid over it.. respond telling me if u think it will work/how long it will last... thanx

 

Answer by thunderbolt1059
Submitted on 4/5/2007
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I have a tattoo i got it when i was 14 and i love it

 

Answer by DeathOf~MilkyWay~
Submitted on 4/8/2007
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okay....so last night, my first try tattooing myself, i did my own little design of a heart. It's on the bottom of my foot(ya i kno dumb spot but its a practice one) anyway i used red Bic ink and some kind of Black Ink, and a safety pin. i wasnt planning on doing it(and i was kinda trippin cuz...yeah) so i didnt sterilize it but after i  remembered to sterilize it......anyway......any tips?

 

Answer by Tanya
Submitted on 4/9/2007
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Hey Does anyone know how to exactly do it. Like can tell me step by step
please let me know. thanks.

 

Answer by looney
Submitted on 4/9/2007
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what kind of ink do i use if im going to give myself a tat. bic ink, or india people. so india is very poisionus so ...can any one help

 

Answer by LolliPOP
Submitted on 4/9/2007
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OKAY,, i worked on it today.
ink pen + needle + antiseptic + cotton balls

i made a little star ,, nothing BIG.
rubbed antiseptic until there was no ink on the cotton ball ,, and ,, its there on my arm ,, a little black star.

= O

not bad.

 

Answer by billy
Submitted on 4/10/2007
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I often wonder about giving myself a tattoo, But I'm always to scared to follow instructions that are on the internet. If i were you i would try talking to a tattoo artist about the the procedure. Then you will know what to do from there. As for the ink, i think you should use non-toxic ink, and make sure there is no ingredient you may have allergies for.

 

Answer by shininstar
Submitted on 4/14/2007
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Its only common sense that you would use tattoo ink when getting a tattoo whether its professional or you do it yourself. you can pick up some anywhere they do tattoos or piercing you only have to be of age to get some work done not to be walk in the door. anyways. use common sense dumb asses

 

Answer by T. Money
Submitted on 4/14/2007
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Are these Forums still up? i noticed the last post was 2004...?

 

Answer by shaynaaa
Submitted on 4/16/2007
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so, i made one of those home made tattoo guns, it look reliable im just curious if like fountain pen ink would be a bad idea?

 

Answer by trian
Submitted on 4/19/2007
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me and my girl briana are giving each other tats 2morrow and we are gonna use bic pens and a sewin needle and u guys have been a lot of help we r gonna do a doted heartt wit red bic pens itll look so cute thanx 4 the help

 

Answer by chickgirl7890@aim.com
Submitted on 4/21/2007
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ok i try ed to do a tat in the bathroom with a needle and a black sharpie
it did not work
i don't think i pushed the needle in far into the skin
will sharpie be bad for my skin ?
should i wait or should i try again
hurry up i need to now
or i will just do it
help ! help !

 

Answer by tattoo'd-mah-self-n-others
Submitted on 4/28/2007
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Yes, you can use India/Indian ink. Now i agree with alla these pplz bout goin to a Pro..ive got many many professionally done tattoos and they all look better than the jailhouse tats i have. But thats to be expected and i think that everyone who wants a home made tat knows this...so now im done lecturing and back to the info you want... just draw or have drawn a design on reg. notebook paper then lay it on the place of skin u want the tattoo...then rub reg. deodorant over it so it will make a stencil...get a sewing needle dip it in the indian ink good. then poke it into your skin...do this numerous times until the design is finished and if you are happy with the result and dont want it to go away or fade or see later on that it needs touched up redo those directions...its simple really. thanx for reading and i hope ive helped...i hate sounding like a preacher so i thought unlike alotta others on here id HELP YOU! thanx -Tabitha

 

Answer by kh
Submitted on 4/30/2007
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poop your dodo

 

Answer by mike
Submitted on 5/1/2007
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maby for some pepole it wont work but i have 3 homemade tatoos with indian ink,and i have had them for about 4yrs....still go to a popular artis in your town..it takes some of the pain away...:)

 

Answer by Manuel B
Submitted on 5/2/2007
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You guys are all way too young to be trying to permanently scar yourselves. I love tattoos, and am "covered with the things", as my madre would tell you. They date back to way before I was 18, but all of them are professionally done (I had an older friend who was a tattoo artist).
All you who use india ink and Bic ink? Stupid. No matter how much you sterilise the NEEDLES, cover them in rubbing alcohol and coat your skin with whatever magical protective solution you've conconted, the INK you use is still ink. It's still poisonous. You're playing with fire here; even the littlest slip can get that stuff into your blodstream, and it can be really hella nasty. So don't do it; wait until you're 18, or get a professional friend to do it if you can't wait. Don't get anything stupid, or anyone's name (EVEN if you think you'l be together forever; I found out that important tattooing lesson at 32, so it's nothing to do with "puppy love") or one of those dumb "emo nautical stars" every idiot has on their wrist. A), you'l look like everyone else (and isn't the point of body modification to become more of an individual?) and B), in a few years it'll be totally passé.
So steer clear of self-tattooing (unless you're a pro, know someone who is pro and can help, and have access to a proper sterilisation station and tattoo inks).

 

Answer by stephie
Submitted on 5/10/2007
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i bought black widow spider india ink at the art shop today. i asked the salesperson why there was no warning label on the box or the jar at all. does that mean its safe if it is put on or in your skin? i bought it. i keep wondering if the fact that there was no warning is a bad thing or good thing. i dont know if ill try a tat or not

 

Answer by youareidiots
Submitted on 5/11/2007
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India ink is toxic, as is Bic and other pen ink.  Go have your blood checked for toxicity and baterial infections (such as staph).

Get it done by a professional.

 

Answer by someone
Submitted on 5/13/2007
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um ya instead of using a needle use the blade from a pencil sharpener but clean it first this just makes it hurt less because its so sharp

 

Answer by not_afraid_of_risks
Submitted on 5/16/2007
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a couple of days ago I gave myself a tat on my ankle and i used a razor blade and bic ink. Is this bad? is it going to get infected? and will it stay or wash out?

 

Answer by Not_Afraid_of_risks
Submitted on 5/18/2007
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I gave myself a tattoo a couple days ago
on my ankle
with a razor blade
and bic ink
is it going to stay?
and
what are the signs of infection?

 

Answer by whitney
Submitted on 5/27/2007
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um..i did one last night and i read this whole page and what everybody said and i have a question.
its kinda stupid but is it supposed to hurt when i touch my ankle around where i did it?

 

Answer by zanderclause
Submitted on 5/28/2007
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Stick to branding if you want DIY body modification. Its easy, and doesn't hurt as much as everyone thinks. If you want a large brand done however, you should have a professional do it for you. With branding just make sure the metal implement is clean first, and the heat of the process will keep it clean. Brands also do not fade. I recommend using a topical anti-biotic afterward though and keep it clean after you do it. Burns are very susceptible to infection.

 

Answer by Been there done all this
Submitted on 5/31/2007
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Listen...ive used bic ink and india ink...bic works the best but it will only stay if you bleed..alot..where ever you bleed as where the ink will stay...you have to penetrate all the layers of skin

 

Answer by Shmoopie
Submitted on 6/1/2007
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Also, don't carve.. like I've been reading about you guys doing here..

Stick and poke. Which means take a needle, wrap some floss around it and bunch it up at the bottom so that you can have some ink flowing and just poke your skin with the needle. You can adjust your tattoo a lot more easily this way also. It won't be a "here I go and if I screw up, I screw up" because you're going so slow that you can always stop to make sure you're doing it right. And if you veer off in the wrong direction then you haven't done too much damage [as long as you check it enough.]

 

Answer by ~kody
Submitted on 6/1/2007
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im not sure if this has been brought up or not but i was reading  through the forum until like half way and i read some ones post saying that the ink kept washing off in the shower before it could heal, ive readsomewere that if u put spray on bandade it can stop that from happening.and also yesterday i did an anarchy sign on my leg and used a red sharpie and a tack and it seems to be working

 

Answer by jon
Submitted on 6/6/2007
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and how deep do i put it ?

 

Answer by ghanja fama
Submitted on 6/6/2007
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how do you make a gun?

 

Answer by a.d.g
Submitted on 6/13/2007
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i am 15 and i just gave myself a tattoo...i gave myself a heart on my hip   i like it but i didn't do any ink or anything (we didn't have any at home) but i totally agree with the pain and pleasure thing

 

Answer by Drake
Submitted on 6/14/2007
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Keeping in mind, to all those who wish to speak so ill of doing it yourself, that before 'pros' and tat shops even opened people have being doing it themselves. In fact for thousands of years before. Now, I am no tat artist, but I do have studied the human body pretty well, and as long as you know what you are doing and do it in a clean environment and with the right tools, you should be fine doing it yourself. However, for those that cut or burn the design in first, you double the risk of infections. So be smart, study your method first, and make sure you know what design you want.

 

Answer by me
Submitted on 6/14/2007
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india ink is safe to use i just depends on how you use it it will stay forever and looking good like mine

 

Answer by terrashea
Submitted on 6/17/2007
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okay so i did one yesterday and what i did was i boliled the ink and cleaned the needle with rubbing alchol then i put the ink on a piece of paper and dipped the needle in it.next i stabbed the needle into my wrist and formed a heart.i let it sit there for a couple minutes and washed it out.my advice is to let the ink sit on your skin for a long time.mine looks very faded.

 

Answer by Rovert
Submitted on 6/20/2007
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Ok, tattooing is not as big of deal as everyone makes it out to be. You won't kill yourself over a tattoo you did when you were young, at WORST you will cover it or remove it. I say if you want to tattoo yourself, go for it, even though the risk is higher. A tattoo you did yourself is intimate and personal, and if it turns out that it doesn't look so great, so what? Get it covered by an artist. I did my first tattoos by myself, still have them, still proud of them.

 

Answer by empy
Submitted on 6/23/2007
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is it wierd that when me and my mate went to a tatoo parlor we both got penticles and mine healed into scar tissue n his is still perfectly intact?

p.s. no i dint pick it ¨_¨

 

Answer by karl
Submitted on 6/25/2007
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hey guys , um id like to say that im doing a small tatto my self, but i do not know what ink to use. can sombody please give me some info on the steps through of doing it and what ink to use. my email adress is p.i.c_cru@hotmail.com . cheers

 

Answer by aj
Submitted on 6/25/2007
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i used regular pen ink from a bic pen is that ok

 

Answer by yourbaby
Submitted on 6/28/2007
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so you can just stab yourself with a safetypin dipped in pen ink, and it will stay?

i want to do it, :) lettme know

 

Answer by dd0736
Submitted on 7/1/2007
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HEY EVERY ONE BOUT TO DO MINE WITH BIC INK. HOPE I DOINT DIE .LOL

 

Answer by brandon
Submitted on 7/12/2007
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Yes you can use Indian ink my mom has a tattoo that is used with indian ink and so does my sisters friend.

 

Answer by Lulu
Submitted on 7/16/2007
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hey, im pretty young, and interested in getting a professional tattoo in like, a few years, but does anyone have photos of their homemade tats?

 

Answer by c
Submitted on 7/17/2007
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hey everyone. i just did a rose on my right hip. originally it was going to just be a scar, i scratched it with a needle, but some of the ink i used to outline the design sunk in. now i've decided to turn it into a tattoo. i really like the way it looks, but i think i'm gonna add a dragonfly and more leaves. so my question is, what kind of ink should i use? the stuff that i used was pilot ink. but it isn't in all of the cuts and i didn't know how long it's going to stay.

 

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