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Dermographist (Skin writer)


This kind of professional etches pictures, symbols or characters onto human skin by applying pigment below the epidermis. The colouring agents are introduced at a depth of 1.5 mm with disposable needles mounted on an electrical machine which vibrates over 1000 times per minute. This occupation is often carried out by beauticians who have received the appropriate training, or persons from the world of fine arts due to the major artistic component involved in this activity.


  • Attend to customers on arrival and inform them of what a tattoo involves, risks included: allergies, scarring problems, etc. Advise customers on designs and explain the prior preparation required.
  • Once the pattern has been chosen, arrange an appointment to proceed to the tattoo which is usually done during the second or third visit to the centre. The tattoo artist prepares the drawing, adapting its size and shape to the customer and tracing a replica before transferring it onto the skin if necessary.
  • Before proceeding to the tattoo, carry out a skin allergy test to prevent the customer from experiencing subsequent problems. Clean the skin and shave the area to be tattoed, if applicable. Disinfect with an antiseptic and apply a topical anaesthestic cream.
  • Prepare the tools and equipment needed to create the tattoo, always unwrapping these in front of the client. Choose the appropriate needles, pigments, colours, etc.
  • Once the needles are mounted on the electrical machine needed to to create the tattoo, start the operation. First of all, define the outline of the drawing and its shape. Then proceed to shading (if it is black and white) or fill in with colour.
  • During the tattooing process, the artist must watch the customer closely, ensuring his/her well being and looking out for any dizzy spells, pain, etc.
  • Once the process is completed, cover the tattoo and explain the post-tattoo care and follow-up process.
  • Before and and after each tattooing session, the artist must sterilise the instruments, separating and disposing of any single-use items and waste.
  • Tattoo artists also create artistic designs and sketches to offer customers appealing and original designs. In addition to their own designs, all tattoo artists have a catalogue known as a "flash" which they display to customers and includes original designs by other artists or tattooists.
  • It is unusual for tattoo artists to carry out tattoo removals themselves, as this tends to be done in specialised medical clinics or centres due to the delicate nature of the process.

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