Guest Spot Packing List
- Tattoo Machine. Along with your favorite machine, be sure and pack a back-up. Cartridge machines are excellent for traveling artists as you can use a single machine and have multiple setups ready and waiting. You never know when a machine may get out of whack, so a small “repair kit” with tools and spare parts is a good idea to bring along.
- Tattoo Power Supply & Accessories (e.g. foot switch, clip cords, etc.)
- Surgical Pens. If you prefer to apply your stencils free-hand or supplement thermal transfer images with hand-drawn accents, these are great tools to have on hand.
- Stencil Transfer. Stencil Stuff makes convenient 40-count single-use travel packs as well as 4oz. and 8oz. Bottle of their solution..
- Disposable Tattoo Tubes, Clip Cord Covers, Machine Bags, Bottle Bags, Tattoo Sleeves,
Empty Ink Bottles (for mixing colors)
- Tattoo Ink. Make sure you have plenty of black, gray wash and any colors you know you’ll need a lot of for particular jobs. If you are shipping ink to your destination, put bottles in lock-tight zip-lock bags in case they should burst or spill during transit.
- LED Headlamp. You never know how well the lighting will be in the studio, so have a spare wearable light to make sure you can see clearly.
- Your Portfolio. Spend a little to make a real bound book of your best work. If you’re planning to be a regular visitor at the studio leave your book for customers to check out.
- Promotional Items – Bring along plenty of stickers and business cards to give to clients you tattoo during your visit as well people you meet while you’re hanging out with your new friends from the studio. Use your smartphone to keep track of people’s email addresses and send them out a “Great to meet ya” message when you’re back home. Part of the reason for doing a guest spot is building up a list of potential clients for the next time you’re in town!