Most people dont realise that every tattoo design has a matching stencil. When you get a tattoo the stencil is applied directly onto the skin. The tattooist will use a machine called a liner to set your stencil permanently into your skin. Do not be tempted to get your tattoo done using only your colour reference or from an inferior hand traced stencil. Trying to trace or copy a stencil is the number one cause of bad tattoos.