This is a synthesis of information gathered over a five-year span of experience in multiple tattoo parlors, piercing studios, and conventions. The opinions expressed represent my knowledge as well as input from many other artists. Two of the main purposes of this book is to further the goals of rookies whose ambitions are to make a positive impact on the trade as well as remind veterans what our trade standards are. The principles of Body Art are very similar to the artistry of most two-dimensional art forms. We help readers think of the client’s skin as just an ordinary canvas in order for artists to produce on skin what they can on paper. Skills vary widely among people who perform Body Art. An individual’s level of education and guided practice determines ones skill. Once you know the basics, you need to practice them over and over again. After mastering the primary skill set, you can then advance to more sophisticated techniques.