Originally Posted by ShutUpJoe
Tattoo designers mark shading with squiggly lines. They each have their own way to do it though. The best ones will "trace" a photograph and "mark" shading with lines.
I have been tattooing fulltime for 4 years, completely custom work and have no idea what technique you are talking about lol. When it comes to making stencils for portraits, you never add shading of any kind, it will blur the stencil. The more simplistic when beginning a tattoo the better. Sorry if I come off bitchy, but it is hard when people who know nothing of your industry tell you how it's done (not specifically directing this at you Joe). I think what you mean by "tattoo designers" is a flash artist. I don't tattoo premade tattoos off a wall, I draw my own pieces :)
And thank you! It is a good job but has it's ups and downs like anything else :) I am sorry I didn't mean to hijack this thread lol! From one artist to another, here is my deviant page if you wanna check out my tattoo work. I don't have any paintings or other media up, I am horrible just for updating the tattoo work lol! Shipht on deviantART