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Tattooing A to Z: A Guide to Successful Tattooing 2nd Edition Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0970632005
ISBN-10: 0970632002
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Spaulding and Rogers Mfg.; 2nd Edition edition (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970632002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970632005
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book outlines everything from how to choose the correct equipment for you, to how to actually do a tattoo on somebody. Very detailed instructions and very informative. This book is definately a must for anybody and everybody who is wanting to learn how to tattoo. Even if you already know how to tattoo and have been doing so for years, you can't afford to be without this book. A definate must for anybody in the industry as well as those who are wanting to break into the industry and become successfull.
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Tattooing From A-Z is The Best Book Written So Far on the Art of Tattooing for Beginners. Additionally there is a DVD that you purchase the Art of Tattooing by Tom Spaulding, Huck's son. It is the companion video for this book. spauding rodgers tattoo supply's has it. Look them up.on googel etc.

The book contains tons of information that will put you on the right track & cut the learning curve down in half. As a shop owner we have our apprentices read it. As well as watch the video. In the video , you see several methods for making stencils, a cover tattoo, a black & grey wash tattoo & color tattoo. The video goes over tools of the trade. How to set up your station etc..Great addition to the book it enforces what was in the book visually.

The Book has information on your equipment, tattoo machines, set up's. needles etc. Plus how to diagnose problems with your work & correct them. Stencils, stencil Application, Legal Aspects, (ie) ways to protect your self.

I would recommend, practicing on practice skins first, About $1.00 each. To Clean off ink splatters which most can not figure how to get off. Simple trick Dollar Store : Awesome Cleaner. works great & Cheap. You can also use Craft Foam, In Wal-Mart, Kid's Craft Section Foam Sheets. They are about the size of note book paper & about 2 mm thick. Six Cents Each That is Dirt Cheap.Several Colors IMOP try & stay with Orange & Yellow. Additionally practice on FRUIT, Oranges, Grape Fruit, Tangerines, Bananas,Honey Dew Mellon's, & Pumpkins in season...Do not eat fruit after. Pig Ears, pigs Feet, Pigs Skin, The Butcher Shop Some Sell it Some Give it away.

The book covers every-thing a beginner needs to know. I have an older addition 1988. But it is the standard textbook for apprentices.
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Great book! Tons of info for tattoo newbies and proffesional artists alike but WAY over priced. Why pay so much for a used book when you can buy the book directly from the Huck Spaulding site for 45$ BRAND NEW!
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Beware, Beginners, this book is extremely helpful but purchasing it here would be a devastation to your wallet. You can get this book for $40-$50 ordering directly from the author or practically anywhere else. Please, for godsake, do not buy it here!
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This is going to be a short review of Huck Spaulding's book simply because there isn't much to say about it, except, before entering the world of tattooing you'd better purchase this book because it's required reading.
But on the downside, unfortunately, after reading this book you won't miraculously become an expert in the craft. {{{Sorry, but, practice makes perfect!}}}

So, let me state what's really cool about this book. "Tattooing A to Z" is intelligently didactic, and walks you through the many different techniques, do's and don'ts, and mechanics of the trade so you'll know what to expect when you successfully find a professional who'll happily train you in an apprenticeship position.

Anyway, the book is comprised of 5 parts, but I'll just summarize a few.
The first 8 chapters deal with equipment such as the tattoo gun, needles, the power pack, and a plethora of other tidbits needed for creating successful tattoos, plus a concise rundown of all the machine components.

The second part is comprised of chapters 9-11 dealing with sterilization of equipment, the costumers and keeping the shop immaculate, while part 3 is about artwork, design and lettering techniques, and there's plenty more in this book, but detailing every aspect of tattooing is a superfluous endeavor for a book review.

I must reiterate that this book is absolutely a must have, but what I didn't like about this guide to tattooing is that there weren't any photographs of professionals at work. If there were it would unquestionably help the reader envision and ascertain the process a little better.

I'll admit I tried to tattoo on my own, and I did poorly. Unfortunately it wasn't for me, but it may be for you... and all I can say is good luck because you're going to need it. {{{HAVE A GREAT CAREER!!!}}}
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This book was the best investment I ever made, concerning my buisness as a tattooist. It held vital information about the tattooing process. How to build tattoo guns from the ground up, and how to protect yourself as a tattoo artist legally. And thats only a small part of what this book contains. This book will deffinately stay in my library. And if something shuld happen to it. I WILL BUY ANOTHER ONE.
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This is a comprehensive guide to doing tattoos, written by a legend in the business. I did my first tattoo in 1986, and it was terrible! I figured out how to do it on my own and the results confirmed that. To do a good tattoo, you must have a good base of knowledge on the subject. You must know about the equipment, about sterilization, and technique. It is difficult to learn the right way on your own. There are literally hundreds of little secrets revealed in this book that you just aren't going to find anywhere else. It's not as if you can just go down to the shop on the corner and say "Excuse me, but I would like to become a tattoo artist". You can try, but I have actually been laughed at on more than one occasion for similar words. Usually, to become a tattoo artist, you must apprentice to a shop owner, "pay your dues", and spend a lot of time doing everything but tattoos. This book will really save a lot of floor sweeping.
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