|A few are great, some are good, others are just scary and should NOT be doing this type of work. I've seen work that should be considered
criminal (and I am not exaggerating.....). I would imagine, that people who put less value on their work will want to move people in and out
much faster - just to get on to the next deal.
Do you really want to be rushed? Please give careful thought to what goes into creating beautiful results and consider the following
ATTIC! : )
JUST GIVE YOUR DECISION SOME SERIOUS THOUGHT...
|"Reputable" Tattoo artists have more integrity, than
any PMU institution that trains people in a weekend
course. Good Apprenticeships which demand
many months, sometimes years of training before
And do you think any one with no artistic ability
would even THINK of becoming a tattoo ARTIST?
Probably not. But since most people don't think of
PMU as "art", they jump in thinking they can
So I think the POWERS THAT BE have long been
content to just consider this an art form that
takes place between the artist and the client.
BUYER BEWARE... Currently, there are no
EDUCATIONAL GUIDELINES, there is NO TEST, no
STANDARD or BAR to legally meet... In reality, a
licenses mean nothing other than the government
will have a list of those tattooing (legally) and will
inspect to make sure OSHA guidelines are being
followed - NOT what is being produced - art wise!
Certificates really mean nothing when you can
BUY them. NO ONE is tested on skill in Texas. The
same person who is about to butcher someones
face can have the SAME certificate as the person
who really does beautiful work... Fair? No!
Some people are lucky enough to have been born
with a natural knack for it. If not, they mess up a
few faces and quit when they begin to recognize
that good/great permanent makeup is driven by a
certain level of artistic skill.
Actually, in the beginning of my career... I too, was
one of those well meaning people who was
allowed to jump into this field with only the
knowledge that my first training classes taught. I
didn't know HOW TO TATTOO.. But, at least, I DID
KNOW HOW TO DRAW and PAINT! And I was
smart enough to know that if I moved
conservatively, I wouldn't mess anyone up!
Because of that, I had an advantage over many
I've never destroyed anyones face during my
|FOLLOWUP SESSIONS: ALMOST ALL TECHNICIANS IN THIS FIELD RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES
|Pigments are injected through the Epidermis, just into the dermis. Going
to shallow will cause color loss. Going too deep causes excessive
bleeding and will cause the work to blur out. Working at the right depth
also prevents damage to structures deeper in the skin, such as glands
|Rule #3: A CONSERVATIVE APPROACH WILL NEED FOLLOWUP SESSIONS!
Being well informed IN ADVANCE will help you make good decisions about your
procedure. So when it comes time for a followup, you take it like a man (or WOman)
because you have been educated... and you know not to expect too much, too soon!
Follow ups (focus sessions) are designed to help acheive YOUR perfect look.
Each session is billed @ $199 each. This is not free because of the time
required to lay down the next layer of color. It may take 2+ focus sessions in
order to consider my work to be complete.
Just as some artists allow their paintings to dry some between the layers... I do the
same with your skin. It's called the healing process.
You should KNOW IN ADVANCE that multiple follow-up sessions are recommended in
order to produce the most realistic results. So there are NO SURPRISES!
Rule #4: NOT EVERYONE IS A CANDIDATE.
You must know when to say no. If you are pregnant, or nursing a baby. No, we cannot
work on you. Nor can we if you are diabetic. There are other medical conditions that
pay prohibit getting work done, and YOU KNOW THE STATE OF YOUR HEALTH BETTER
THAN ANYONE... So if you are under any type of medical care, I strongly suggest that
you get clearance from your doctor. Refer to Risks & Contraindications for more
information. MOLES CANNOT BE COVERED... to do so could cause problems and the
color could prevent detection of serious changes in the mole.
RULE #5: DON'T BE AFRAID OF PAIN OR THE FINAL OUTCOME!
Just agree to move slowly. This plan, should significantly reduce, or totally eliminate
the fear factor! Subsequent sessions are done on an as needed basis, at a pace that
will not scare you to death. We'll inch in to a beautiful creation, at a slightly slower
pace, rather than just trying to cram it all in - all at once - with the hope of fading
backwards into perfection.
#6: IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE - one way or another!
The outcome will depend on who performs your permanent makeup.
How does one deal with this SUPER FINE LINE between just enough, and too
much - permanent makeup. Especially when the line, is different for every
person who walks through the door. That line is different for every artist as
well! What might work perfectly for one person, could be disasterous to
another, because we all have slightly different tastes and styles. So, it is the
RESPONSIBILITY of the artist, to communicate with the client to come up with,
and execute, a realistic plan. That plan should be conservative enough to
build on, yet strong enough to show, without looking overdone. THAT can be
like walking a tight rope at times... Which brings me to #7!
Rule #7: NEVER LET NON ARTISTS WORK ON YOUR FACE!
THERE ARE FLAWS IN THE SYSTEM Y'ALL . . . and it's going to be a while before
someone fixes it! In the meantime, you should know - Just because someone holds a
certificate, and has a plaque on the door - does not make them qualified to work on
YOUR FACE with anything PERMANENT!
You should know that the field of tattooing (both body art AND permanent cosmetics) is
very loosely regulated. At least in the State of TEXAS, ANYBODY is legally allowed to
tattoo anything on your skin - as long as the "building" is licensed. How is that license
obtained? You BUY it! Crazy, right? It is perplexing as to WHY there are no regulations.
You don't HAVE to take a class. You don't HAVE to pass a test... There is no "board of
directors" that holds anyone accountable, to anything. No one to say NO! You CANNOT
tattoo clown brows on that lady! Clown brows are not in style this year! (or something
I can only speculate, that since tattooing has long been considered as a form of "art"
that the "powers that be" have had better things to do than to monitor burly tattoo
artists. But I feel things will change with tattooing moving into mainstream.
Talented artists are not just born overnight. And just because one CAN DRAW, does not
mean you can draw well, IN THE SKIN. It takes learning some tricks of the trade! So
REPUTABLE Tattoo artists required apprenticeships which demanded many
months, sometimes years of training, before they would allow a new artist on the floor.
And do you think they would EVER give a person with no artistic abilities the time of
day? Probably not. Yet I hear over and over again... I want to learn permanent makeup,
but I can't draw. My thought is... You need to learn to draw first, then come talk.
So many people get excited when they see the opportunity. So they decide to add this
"specialty" to their menu of services. And, since the requirements are so flimsy, it's
very easy to get into! Therefore, we end up with people in the field who have no
business being there. Some people are lucky enough to have been born with a natural
knack for it . If so, they will thrive... But if not, they soon begin to realize that great
permanent makeup is driven artistic skill. By the time they come to this realization, they
have destroyed a few faces.
I can't do anything to fix this system. I feel bad for those who end up paying the
consequence. But It does not have to be you. I CAN help you, if you come to me for help.
So, if you happen to live in Houston, or are willing to travel - you might consider me! I
invite you to take a peek at my portfolio to find images of a few of my clients who now
look a little more attractive and feel a little more confidence - without embarrassment
and without makeup. ...and nothing too dramatic or trendy! So can you still wear the
same range of colors and styles that you could before? YES! I understand, that if I
keep natural skin tones in mind, it'll work everywhere else! And when you're ready to
"spice things up" a bit... you CAN! And more good news... you'll NEVER HAVE TO START
AT ZERO... EVER AGAIN!
Rule #8: NEVER LET A NON ARTIST WORK ON YOUR FACE!
Hello... Great permanent makeup is artistically driven! There are so many well meaning
people who get excited about the opportunities this field presents - and they decide to
add this "specialty" to their menu of services. Most have no business being there! In
But just remember that tattooing takes a whole new set of skills to master. So be
careful! Because the requirements are very flimsy, we end up with people in the field
who have no business being there. A person could decide they want to open up shop
one week and be in business the next. Some will be LUCKY if they have a natural knack
for it. Others...not so! Those will soon realize that don't have what it takes and then quit.
(But not until they've destroyed a few faces...) Especially true for eyebrows!
|need to come together that you will
benefit from are:
|ON YOUR END... there are a few
keys to consider before taking the
plunge into permanent cosmetics:
|I've compiled a list of seven rules that I go by when considering doing
a procedure. These are things you should things about too!
RULE #1: PERMANENT MAKEUP IS AN UNPREDICTABLE PROCESS!
RULE #2: BECAUSE OF #1, A VERY CONSERVATIVE APPROACH is best.
RULE #3: FOLLOW-UP SESSIONS ARE A MUST to obtain fine detail.
RULE #4: NOT EVERYONE IS A CANDIDATE.
RULE #5: YOU DON'T NEED TO BE AFRAID.
RULE #6: IT WILL AFFECT YOUR LIFE.
RULE #7: NEVER LET NON ARTISTS WORK ON YOUR FACE!
|THE ACTUAL PROCESS
TESTING FOR NUMBNESS. After the numbing phase (10-20+ minutes) I will test the skin to see if it has become sufficiently numbed. If you need
more time, we will wait.
DESIGNING THE BROWS:
This phase, should be the most time consuming part of the process. Some people are a breeze, while others take more work. In either case, I will
move the color around on your skin, until I see your face come alive! Sometimes, it only takes adding or removing ONE HAIR! Or changing the
width of the cupids bow, or changing the width of the liner...
STARTING THE PROCEDURE:
As the procedure begins, I will make a few boundary strokes, using a midrange color. I never use the "outlining" techniques! I don't know about
you, but I prefer my brows to looks as real as possible. I'm NOT looking for SUPER HERO ACTION FIGURE brows! Once the boundary strokes
are placed, I start the building process.
DURING THE PROCEDURE: Some technicians will NOT let you use a mirror during a procedure. I don't know what planet they are from, because if
it were MY face, I would want to know what's happening it! How about you?! I feel it is important to let you see what is happening, if you want to.
So, at several points during the session, I will ask you peek into the mirror to check that we are on the right track BEFORE we get too far into the
process. Just understand, that it's not done, till it's done! And we will be going through some awkward stages before completion... So don't be
scared if one side is higher, or one side is shorter, etc.. it'll all be ok by the end of the procedure. I do understand some people don't really know
what to do, so they may not want to look and participate. That's OK too.
Immediately following the session, your face will be cleansed, then photographs of the work will be taken of the work to make sure everything is to
|LET THIS PAGE SHINE SOME LIGHT INTO
THE WORLD OF PERMANENT COSMETICS
|before and after pictures that were performed by them - AND ASK FOR REFERRALS -
before making a final decision... Licensing and as explained in the column on the left
side of this page! And remember... more to repair bad work. SO, BEFORE YOU ELECT
TO RECEIVE ANY COSMETIC TATTOO PROCEDURE - THERE ARE THINGS YOU SHOULD
KNOW - PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT!
For starters, I think that ALL technicians started out with a sincere desire to do well.
And most would love to promise you absolute perfection after just one visit. The
reality is... it's a difficult task! If you paint or draw a picture on paper or canvas, it's
there. It doesn't change over time. But when you draw into LIVING tissue, things DO
change over time.
Occasionally, perfection happens after just one visit. But that's usually because ALL
factors played in your favor. But, you really should have more realistic expectations.
Which means, that most of the time, 2-3 SESSIONS are required to complete the
whole process! This is considered "NORMAL" in my world and to understand why
this occurs, you need to consider quite a few factors.
Cosmetic tattoos are applied with a softer touch, using softer colors than are regular
tattoos! The downside to all this "softness" is this... There is absolutely NO WAY to
determine exactly how much color will be retained from person to person! We just
know we don't want your eyebrows to look stamped on!
Why? Because we are dealing with human skin! Once pigment has been placed into
your skin - it still has to heal in properly! Some pigmented areas heal in just fine, while
other areas gets kicked out. In extreme cases where a person has certain medical
condition and/or on medications - the pigment may not take at all. Also, it can heal
perfectly or can appear patchy. We can never be 100% sure what the outcome will
For this reason, I feel it's best to approach the whole experience in a very
conservative fashion. Taking this route will take a little more time, but it will definitely
produce more beautiful results in the end. And you'll never have to be embarrased by
that TOO DARK SCARY BROW that comes around the corner before you do!
2. Depth of placement: Since your pigment is not mechanically implanted by robotic
measures with the ability to measure the depth of each cell - areas. This is not
always apparent during the session due to swelling and the redness which makes
everything look darker... After healing takes place, you will see areas that may need
a little more tweaking and can be taken care of on subsequent sessions.
3. Areas of placement: Areas such as EYELINER and LIPS may lose more color than
other areas (like the brows) due to the moisture content in those areas. These areas
also tend to get wiped more, which can cause even more pigmentation loss.
|RULE #1: PERMANENT MAKEUP IS AN UNPREDICTABLE PROCESS!
strong enough to LAST, yet soft enough to look NATURAL! Tell me... who in their right
mind, would NOT want to approach this line conservatively?
Back in the day, I did a little experiment. It worked great for me, and I'm pretty sure it will
work for others as well:
LITTLE, just to see what happened. Then I added a little bit more. And I liked it!
Then with my very first clents, I applied VERY LITTLE, just to see what happened,
then I added a little bit more. And the WE liked it.
Now, after all these years... for every single client... I still apply VERY LITTLE to start.
Why? because IT'S ALWAYS easier to just add little bit more. You "can' take it away,
but why? That adds more time and money in the long run if you happen to heal in
too dark. I almost always, keep it conservative when planning your permanent
cosmetic experience. But if a client comes in who wears a ton of makeup, always
has, always will... I might fudge a LITTLE on the conservative deal... but not by
much. But I will make every effort to create the most beautiful results, in the least
amount of time, and please every one, as much as I humanly,possibly can. This
little experiement, is the cornerstone of my success.
BUT SINCE EACH PROCEDURE IS BASICALLY EXPERIMENTAL, it could take multiple
sessions make everything look as real and natural as possible. I almost always use
multiple sessions, keeping your personal preferences in mind the whole time. But you
should realize that there are some factors that outside the control of the artist. Some of
the factors that can affect the outcome are:
#2: BECAUSE OF RULE #1 ~ Be conservative!!
So when I'm planning your permanent cosmetic experience, I cautiously approach my work
in stages! I make every effort to build a platform that will support the most beautiful results
possible. But even though it's still not realistic to EXPECT perfection after just one visit, my
clients are typically very happy with their results because I go to great lengths to relay
proper expectations. Because they understood the complexities that we are dealing with.
I was originally taught to apply MORE than what looks good in order to compensate for
future fading, and to assure you, that it will fade. (Then hope it fades enough to not look so
painted on...) But the problem with that is knowing exactly WHEN to stop. By applying more
and more, you run a greater risk of over-applying. So, I felt that I should develop a different
approach. So far, my better judgement has worked like a charm. I just STOP when it looks
From that point, the pigment WILL heal in a little too light, but future sessions will
compensate for that, instead of over applying.... This way, there will never be too much -
and you won't have crazy brows when you walk out the door! The downside of a
conservative process, is that doing it this way almost guarantees that follow up visits will
So, why not play it safe from the very beginning!
PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND & AGREE THIS CONCEPT, are almost always happy with
their results and don't mind making the investment in their face which will end up
saving lot's of time every morning. I believe, that this has been the cornerstone of my
success. My clients know and trust that I will do my best to out-perform my last procedure.
Yet they understand the process and realize that in order to get soft beautiful work, it has to
be done in stages. This way, no one gets TOO MUCH!
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