Tattoo technique does not use a machine and allows the artist to apply ink one dot at a time.
Emily Stroud and Kevin Umberger
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00:00 Here's a story for your business and Knoxville is gone
00:02 upscale in its body art studio it's a studio where you
00:06 won't even Medicare and you won't get a massage. We have
00:10 a very spot like environments we try to be more relaxing
00:14 in a little bit calming and other studios can be welcome
00:16 to work this wave body -- Owned by a long time
00:20 professional body pierced -- with explored other forms of art I
00:24 begin paying eighteen and really fell in love with doing pointless
00:27 and you can see Luke Bryan thomas' -- to listen art
00:30 is made up of thousands of tiny dot. Better evolved into
00:34 an interest in temple -- tattoo also called. He and code
00:38 tattooed with a can -- tattooing and it's basically created one
00:41 dot at a time. Because I'm I'm just push them one
00:45 at a time like that so I'm using just a series
00:48 of dots to really create that overall image. Here that. No.
00:53 That's because this type of tattooing. Does say he's a machine
00:56 most people use an electric machine and that machine is going
00:59 to drive the needle up and down into the scanned him
01:01 but the pigment into the -- Com I take that factor
01:04 out of that now the machine is actually my hand you
01:06 second my hand to drive a needle into the -- It
01:09 sounds much more painful than actually as it's actually a little
01:12 bit more gentler on the skin less intense. No complaints from
01:15 Fletcher Burkhardt. Elbow is under the needle brain is focused concentrating
01:20 on every precision -- He says very few people in the
01:24 US practiced -- taxiing. Something he learned about only a few
01:28 years ago. Stumbled across to people online over in the UK
01:31 they were actually doing all by hand they were using the
01:33 traditional tattoo machine you can see the individual dot didn't Fletcher
01:37 stack to. Bryan Thomas for first geometric images like this. This
01:42 photo -- shows even more examples of his work. We traditional
01:46 tattooing your lines are going to be a lot more crisp
01:48 and solid everything's a little more sculpted. With a handheld tattoo
01:52 mean it's a little bit softer on the edges comments little
01:55 more organic in nature feeling that organic process is not fast
02:00 with the machines they're running and hitting them the scan hundreds
02:02 of times a second. My hand just doesn't move that quickly.
02:06 So it's definitely a longer progression. A lot of the pieces
02:09 that I work on take many sessions to complete it is.
02:11 Body art created by heat and one die at any time.
02:17 His hand must just -- Worn out I accident -- risk
02:21 for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome kind of checking -- he second --
02:24 special exercises hasn't the strength needed to do that. Amazing.