Mini-Class: Beautiful Ink: Designing Meaningful Tattoos

Bang Bang, Tattoo artist, owner of Bang Bang NYC

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4 Videos (14m)
    • Trailer

    • Inspiration and Research

    • Sketching

    • Prepping for Production

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About This Class

While the end result of a tattoo gets all of the shine, the initial design is perhaps the most important part of the process. A great tattoo design combines aesthetic beauty with personal meaning, permanently displaying a piece of one's personality or beliefs for the world to see (and in some cases, not see!). As a designer, it is important to be flexible with styles and have an understanding of how to make a tattoo look amazing, regardless of distance and years of aging. Through sharing my experience and demonstrating some techniques, I hope to teach you how to accomplish all of this!

This class covers the following topics:

  • Foundation for a great tattoo design - establishing the direction, style, and placement for the design, researching images that will guide the sketch
  • Sketching the concept - illustrating the results of the research, taking placement and execution into account
  • Prepping for production - finalizing the sketch for body application or temporary tattoo printing  

Please note that this class is about Tattoo Design, and it IS NOT intended to teach you how to tattoo. We will briefly go over the tattooing process so you can get the whole picture, but we do not advise that you try this at home.

This class is for anyone interested in the world of tattoo design, whether you are someone who is interested in getting a tattoo or your own, someone looking to design tattoos for others, are are simply looking for a new challenge to apply your creative skills.

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Fascinating to watch the design and client interview process.
Sadelle Wiltshire

Meditative Art, Celtic Art, Line Art

I definitely will recommend this class because in my future I've always wanted to become a tattoo artist and the insider of drawing a meaningful tattoo is the most beautiful way to piece it on a body. Also how to work well with your client and figure out what exactly they really want and talk to them like your getting to know them well enough. In my personal opinion is that getting a tattoo shouldn't base​ upon lame drawings unless it has a meaning behind it. That's why I would recommend this class.
just took a commission to design a tattoo and this is just what I needed. Cheers!





Bang Bang

Tattoo artist, owner of Bang Bang NYC

My name is Bang Bang and I have been tattooing for about 10 years now. After coming up in the industry by studying with some of the greats, I have been able to build my own shop and establish a viable business in the Lower East Side of New York City. My styles range from photo realistic to Japanese, as I try to be a jack of all trades so I can successfully execute all of my clients' visions. Fortunately some of my designs on notable individuals like Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, Justin Bieber, an...

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