A tattoo artist that writes code? I’m actually a tiny bit capable in 8 different programming languages. And having been a tattoo artist for the last 24 years, I felt I had a good idea of what would be beneficial in a Tattoo practice app.

I built TattApp because I wanted something to practice my blending techniques on. Fake skin is messy and hard to see what the needles are doing. I have built digital needle brushes for Photoshop and Procreate, but the one feature I could not implement with them was hand speed. The needle patterns need to be more spaced out the faster the hand moves. And the cycles per second of the machine need to be controlled to truly give a good learning experience to the user. So I made TattApp for the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

Simulating needle depth was a very important feature since whip-shading can only be achieved by varying the depth of the needles in the skin. This can be simulated on a pressure-sensitive device, and since I have an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, I chose to start development there. And I am very pleased with the results.

Check out TattApp in the App store!

For an overview of TattApp’s features, check out my videos below.