A tattoo is made by machine leading color into the outer part of the skin in 0.2 to 1 millimeter depth – the depth depends on where on your body you are being tattooed. The machine has a needle that moves up and down in a tube. The tattoo artist dips the needle in color.
Human skin is made up of three layers: epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous. The epidermis is composed almost entirely of cells with a limited life span. They are continually being replaced by others that grow from the bottom up. The leather skin is below the epidermis, and there is not the same replacement as in the epidermis. Therefore, the tattoo artist’s needle goes through the epidermis and into the dermis, where the color particles are placed. Then the tattoo is made to be for the rest of your life. However, there is also repairs and replacements in the dermis, and gradually the tattoo becomes a little more blurred and smeared. But it takes many years before it shows.
See some of our tattoos HERE