Tattoo stencils are both loved and hated in
the tattoo industry and in tattoo culture. Some see it as a disgrace to the art and the
integrity of tattooing. Most people in the industry advocate tattoos that represent a
person’s emotions, feelings, past experiences, and inner essence. Others disagree with this
notion and promote the use of tattoo stencils for accuracy, symmetry, and ease of use. This
is a short guide to explain the history of tattoo stencils, what the pros and cons about
them are, and how they are used.