Is nice to make your own tattoo or just draw one for fun.
-make simple and single outline;
-use very few color, because in the past there weren't all the choose of tattoo ink we have today;
-every piece you don't color in the flash will be "pink skin" in a real tattoo (so I preferred to cover the whole paper in pink to have a better idea of the real tattoo final look);
-try to don't make the parallel line of your draw to close together because in a real tattoo the ink will spread and the lines will touch each other;
-don't be afraid to use black for shading and live many uncolored space (for example for the girl skin, or for the edges of the objects).
Step 1: WHAT YOU NEED
-pencil (2 or 3 B);
-soft colored pencils (I used prismacolor);
-ink and nib (or black ink pen);
-smooth paper ;
-non abrasive eraser (the almost transparent kind);
Step 2: FIND a PIN UP PHOTO
Step 3: DRAW THE OUTLINE
Use a soft pencil and don't press too much with it or when you color your image there will be a white mark on the paper.
Step 4: USE THE INK
(Regular eraser will fade the ink).
Step 5: COLOR THE BODY
-make the shading with a darker pink and a dark brown (don't use black for shading bodies);
-make the cheeks red (really typical on vintage tattoo).
I colored with the same pink the background too, just like if it was on the skin.
Step 6: THE MOUTH
In small tattoo draw, like the one I made, the mouth is only made with two black lines.
Add a beauty mark for vintage look.
Step 7: THE EYES
The eyebrow is round and tall, like in the old fashion style.
Under the eyes you can color a big red cheeks.
Step 8: THE NOSE
You can also make it with only two black dots.
Step 9: THE HAIR
Leave some white part, blend it on the side with a lighter color and draw some line on top (like in the photos).
Choose a vintage air cut (curl on the face were really popular on those vintage tattoo).
Step 10: THE OUTFIT
Draw a vintage outfit, really simplify.
Step 11: ACCESSORIES
Rose: they are really easy to draw. Draw a simplify rose and color it: before with bright red (let some white space on the edges of the petals), then blend with black for the shading(look at the photo), do the same for the leaves with green and black.
Sailor hat: is really easy to draw and you color it with two shade of blue and black shading (look at the photo).
Step 12: THE BACKGROUND
Some small simple ancor will be nice too if you choose a sailor subject.