Tattooing is an art form that should only be learned by apprenticing with an experienced artist. As part of a tattoo apprenticeship, you will learn how to apply stencils to the skin. Real tattooing should never be attempted anywhere but in a tattoo shop with sterile equipment. However, you can experiment with henna tattoos at home, using the same technique to apply stencils that professional tattoo artists use. Mixing a proper tincture of green soap will make your stencils stick.
Stencils are often used to help tattoo artists create the perfect tattoo. The lines of the tattoo design are transferred from the stencil paper onto the skin in purple so that the artist can easily discern where to tattoo the skin. Because they serve as a guide for the artist to ink over, stencils are one of the most important tools in the tattoo trade.