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June 7, 2016

1997 Paul Rogers Tattoo Research Center

Excerpt from the 1997 Paul Rogers Tattoo Research Center accession book. The stencil cutter is a tool from before the age of hectograph stencils. The artist would trace out the design onto a clear piece of acetate plastic, the flip over the plastic and then use a sharp stylus to carve the design into the back side of the acetate sheet. Once finished, the stencil would be dusted with charcoal powder, so that the powder would cling to the carved lines. A layer of vaseline was then applied over the area to be tattooed, and the stencil was pressed into place and then lifted, leaving a charcoal line image in its place. As you can imagine, one wipe and it would be history. Hectograph stencils are a major advancement indeed! Note how Paul Rogers' carving implements got nicer as the years passed and he became more and more immersed in his machine shop. Photo provided by The Tattoo Archive, www.tattooarchive.com  #tattoo #tattoohistory #tattooarchive #tattooeducation