Here is a photo of my Tattoo Equipment:
You may click the individual things to get a description.
The equipment consists of:
- Rubber gloves - we always use new gloves for
each customer. Up again
- Sticks for tattooing the Polynesian way.
The needles are attached to the stick with the magic runes, and the
other stick is used to beat the first one with. The sound this
creates, is what gave the name: Tattooing.
The name is from Tahiti, and Captain Cook, the first European to
discover the Pacific Ocean, brought the name to Europe, and from there
it has spread to most languages. Up again.
- Modern electric tattoo machine. Up
- Hand tattoo tool. We use this a lot for
motives that are well suited for tattooing by hand. Like petroglyphic
designs. Up again
- Little colour cups. Disposable. Up
- Cup of Vaseline. Disposable. Up
- Sterilized needle tube (for the tattoo machine). Up
- Sterilized needle. Always use new, sterilized
needles for each new customer. Up again
The Tattoo Machine
The tattoo machine is a sensitive machine. Never refer to the
tattoo machine as a gun. It is not a weapon. It may be compared to a
musical instrument like a guitar or a violin, and needs to be strummed or
fine-tuned every time it is being used.
I have also practiced tattooing by hand. In the 'good old days' before
electricity, tattooing was done by hand. Ever since the bronze age, metal
needles has been used. And before that time, for instance thorns were used
or even flint stones.
Here I am tattooing with a small flint stone
Here I am using the old Inuit technique of 'sewing' the tattoo on using
needle and thread.
You can read more about this under the different
years in Lejre under 'News'.