By Durb Morrison
Today, tattooing is developing at a rapid rate. What was once a guarded and secret industry is now a booming, educated and artistic industry now in its rebirth! The search for new inventions, new products, new approaches and new thought processes has essentially brought us into the âera of reinventionâ. Tattooing has made huge strides over the past decade, not only with the artistic levels of artists choosing tattoo machines to create unique and amazing tattoos, but tattoo equipment and supplies. have also been reinvented in recent decades.
There are many modern innovations that use new technologies, but also other inventions that have refined old products, inventions and the approach to tattoo making, allowing never before seen tattoo styles to become mainstream. Watercolor tattoos, color portraits, and stipple tattoos were once considered impossible or against the “rules”, but are now common in the wider world of tattoo artists.
Tattoo conventions have brought together tattoo collectors and tattoo artists from all over the world to showcase their styles and canvases. Many artists have made a whole lifestyle around travel and conventions. The crowds at the tattoo conventions (pre-covid) were as numerous as sold-out rock shows featuring live bands, competitions, car shows, pin-up contests and art galleries in addition to all tattoos. With so much more to entertain and educate the public about the art of tattooing, entire families attend conventions, inspiring future generations to get tattoos or become tattoo artists themselves.
The introduction of innovative tattoo products and the era of safer disposable tattoo products have given a tremendous boost to tattoo artists and studios around the world. These new products have given modern artists the ability to push the boundaries of tattooing on skin like never before. Disposable tattoo products have increased the safety not only for customers but also for artists who no longer need to expose themselves to the painstaking procedure of rubbing hundreds of dirty tubes during the sterilization process.
This “age of reinvention” can be seen through a wide range of innovative tattoo products including cartridge tattoo needles, rotary machines and rotary pens, cordless machine batteries, cordless machines, adjustable clip tubes, environmentally friendly and disposable tattoo products, disposable tubes, memory foam covers, pneumatic tattoo machines, iPad and Apple pencil, advancements in tattoo ink, bluetooth power units, rinse cup solidifiers, ergonomic tattoo furniture, thermal printers for stencils, Russ Abbott color wheel, and stencil and gel application solutions. There have also been a host of new theories regarding the aftercare of tattoos which has led to the use of products like Saniderm and other similar dressings which provide better healing.
Technology is one of the main contributors to the growth of tattooing. Smartphones have amazing cameras that capture tattoos like never before. The technology behind tattooing has also helped and changed the way the equipment works, while also allowing artists to go wireless with their machines and power units. Digital technology has been a huge breakthrough and reinvention for tattooing and artists using modern digital tools like Photoshop, Procreate for iPad, Russ Abbott’s Tattoo Smart Brushes for iPad, Wacom tablets. Brush Z, the Ink Weasel Machine app that works from audio signal and Pony Lawson’s Tattoo Stencil app. This is only the tip of the iceberg as new technologies emerge every day.
The rise in popularity of social media has led many tattoo artists to use it as the primary platform to show off their work, in many ways replacing their portfolio of tattoos. The days of you having to send photos to magazines are long gone, replaced by emailing files. There are many great apps, pages, and social media networks that artists today use to showcase their work, participate in online groups, attend seminars, and more. Guy Aitchison’s Reinventing The Tattoo app is probably the most comprehensive app available if you’re looking to learn and participate in great tattoo projects, chats and more. Instagram is obviously the most used and popular platform, but artists also use Facebook, Google, Pinterest, TikTok and more!
Many tattoo artists have helped reinvent themselves with modern tattoo styles and products. Today’s tattoo artist usually has some form of art training that allows them to produce the high caliber tattoos that we have grown accustomed to seeing. today, as artists bring new ideas and new mindsets to the industry. Artistic styles of tattooing have been refined over the past few decades, opening up a new avenue for future generations of tattoos to develop. The last decade has brought so many new inventions, tattoo styles and reinventions that the world of tattooing has never been so exciting and it’s exciting to see what the future of tattooing has in store for us!