THink Tech Talk #23: Cosmetic Tattoo Pigments – Regulations, Restrictions & Risks

How do you choose what pigment to use for cosmetic tattooing? Colour and retention are important, but so are the ingredients and client safety. Health authorities want pigments to be free of toxins, particularly those considered to be carcinogenic, reprotoxic (risk of causing birth defects)...

July 15, 2020 — Robert McGowan

THink Tech Talk #20: Cosmetic Tattoo Insurance! Are you covered?

Are you insured? No, are you really insured? You may not be. Being insured should give you a comfortable feeling that if something goes seriously wrong, you’re covered. You’ve paid those premiums and you and your business are protected from a nasty claim against you, or a property loss from theft, fire or flood.

September 02, 2019 — Robert McGowan

THink Tech Talk #19: Cosmetic Tattoo Pigment Removal

Laser removal is rarely a good option for cosmetic tattoo removal. The alternative to the expense, pain and risk of laser removal is liquid-based techniques. These are typically either saline or acid-based liquids. Keep reading to learn more!

August 15, 2019 — Robert McGowan

THink Tech Talk #17: Choosing Brow Colours for Cosmetic Tattoo Procedures

Lots of elements come into the perfect cosmetic tattoo. Whether it be technique, shape or colour – its important to get it right! Find yourself questioning your colour choice? Here’s our advice for you!

June 13, 2019 — Robert McGowan

THink Tech Talk #15: Tattoo Removal: Liquids or Lasers?

Tattoo Removal for both Cosmetic Tattoo and Body Art, is a growth industry. But, what works best? With laser tattoo removal, a major investment is require in equipment. Isn’t it amazing the old style rotary and coil machines used for body art typically cost a few hundred $, whilst the removal lasers cost $50,000 plus?

January 25, 2019 — Robert McGowan

THink Tech Talk #12: Staying on Trend with Ombre Brows

Stay on trend with Ombre Brows as our industry continues to evolve rapidly it is important to stay “on trend” with your techniques and capability. Microblade, Featherstroke of feather touch eyebrows are now being ‘over-shadowed’ by interest in Ombre Brows.

June 15, 2018 — Robert McGowan

THink Tech Talk #11: The Future of Microblading

You’ve given your client great feather stroke eyebrows using microblades and they love them. Will your client want to keep them forever? Probably. Will they last forever? No. So what happens when your client wants them touched-up or re-done in one, two or three years?

March 28, 2018 — Robert McGowan

THink Tech Talk #10 – Microblading Tips Part 1

Getting consistently great results with your microblading requires high quality tools, particular the needles that form the blade. The sharpness and size of the needles can make the difference between blurred or uneven strokes, and nice crisp lines. Some tips:

November 03, 2017 — Robert McGowan

THink Tech Talk #9 – Cracking The Anaesthetics Code

THink MBC has been working with a compounding chemist to develop truly effect, and legal, numbing creams and gels. We’ve learned a lot, tested a lot, and we’re happy to share the results with you, our customers. We think we have the “Goldilocks Formulas” (not too much, not too little, but just right!)

October 04, 2017 — Robert McGowan

THink Tech Talk #8 – Anaesthetics: Did You Know?

Most cosmetic tattoo professionals are now well aware that the topical anaesthetics that are legal in Australia and work effectively need to be obtained from a compounding chemist. They contain between 5 and 10% anaesthetic (e.g. lidocaine (also called lignocaine), tetracaine, prilocaine or benzocaine). With less than 5% your client is likely to suffer.

September 06, 2017 — Robert McGowan

THink Tech Talk #7 – Titanium Dioxide In Lip Pigments

There is a catch with titanium dioxide in pigment; it may turn blue-black when treated with some laser removal techniques. This is due to a chemical process called reduction converting the titanium to a different chemical form (Ti4+  to Ti3+, if you really want to know). The darkening may be temporary or longer lasting, before the tattoo fades. 
August 11, 2017 — Robert McGowan

THink Tech Talk #6 – Digital Vs Rotary Machines

Rotary tattoo machines operate very differently to modern digital machines. The needles in rotaries oscillate (vibrate sideways) in  the housing. This tends to rip and tear the skin, whereas a digital cartridge needle move up and down very precisely, producing nice neat perforations in the skin for the pigment.

June 28, 2017 — Robert McGowan