When they found the Ötzi mummy, scientists discovered that he had 64 tattoos on his body: this shows that tattoos have been part of human culture since prehistoric times.
Obviously, in the beginning, the techniques were manual and it is from this prehistory that we can trace the Microblading technique: in ancient times, flint and quartz shards were used for tattooing; now, of course, the small blades are different, and the various techniques are also varied.
Microblading has, in fact, come into the limelight in recent years, mainly because, unlike the tattoo pen, the purchase of small blades to start tattooing involves minimal financial investment.
This has given rise to a multitude of courses that claim to make you a master of microblading in a few days, but in reality it results in a lot of amateurs who do not know how to use the technique.
Because the real difference between using a tattoo pen and microblading lies in the dexterity of the latter: with microblading you can achieve hyper-realistic and wonderful effects, but what you need is an excellent ability to use the blades.
The tattoo pen, in fact, is an electrical device, conceived with the advent of the industrial revolution that created the first rotary presses, in fact, the tattoo pen itself started out as a machine for printed paper, later transferred to the use of tattoos.
Understand, however, that an electric device can be very expensive while microblading blades are affordable: the results are very similar with both tattoo pens and microblading if you master both techniques, although, let me repeat once more, tattooing with microblading requires much more manual skill and experience.
The objective of a good tattoo is always the same: to ensure that the colour reaches the level of the papillary dermis. Whether this is done manually or electrically is of no consequence; the problem remains in having the skill and ability to do this using the tiny microblading blades, a skill which must be exercised and stimulated exponentially.
In addition, Microblading involves differences in skin type: thin older skin or very sprayed skin makes it much more difficult to work, whereas the tattoo pen allows you to work on more categories of skin without any difficulty.
They are different methods, therefore, but they can also be completed: the details of the same tattoo can be created first with microblading and then shaded or reinforced with the tattoo pen. The important thing is always to assess the person you are dealing with, their skin type and their desires and goals, and then decide how to proceed.
If you have good dexterity and precise control you can use both techniques alternately: for example, for the eyes and lips you can use the tattoo pen (it is also possible to carry out this treatment with the manual technique, but the skill and precision must be very high and the result is simpler and more gratifying with the electric instrument) and the manual Tebori technique for the eyebrows, depending on what you need to do at that moment.
What we recommend to every professional is the knowledge of both methods, which are sometimes used at the same time: with microblading and, specifically, with the Tebori technique, it is not only hairs that are created, but also lines, shades and colour fillings; what remains fundamental is the exercise of manual skill and sensitivity to understand how far one can go with the specific skin being treated.
For both of the techniques we have talked about, training and practice is important and can only be obtained by practising often and never stopping with one technique or the other.
In addition to this, rigorous disinfection is also essential to ensure the safety of both the practitioner and the client.