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  • Are you a tattoo apprentice?
  • Do you plan on getting a tattoo apprenticeship?
  • Are you a professional tattoo artist who has an apprentice?
  • Then you need a Membership to! (Level 2) Membership will allow you to read all of the content on the website, and have access to the tutorial videos.
  • You also get a copy of the book “Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615281476

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Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo by CR Jordan

Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo does not claim to be some “Tattoo Bible” or the “A to Z” guide. This book will not promise to have you opening your own tattoo studio with a perforated business plan that is located on page 105. Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo is realistic, and any professional will tell you that a realistic outlook on the tattoo industry requires the intent of a full apprenticeship.

Okay, I have seen a lot of tattoo instruction guides out there, why this one?

Over 240 Pages! of Tattoo Apprentice Information + Access to the Level 2 Member’s Areas Portal (, this is Awesome!
Even if you decide to go to one of those “Tattoo Schools” you see advertised everywhere these days, you should still complete an apprenticeship. Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo covers all the basic things that will prepare you for an apprenticeship. Everything is covered; from the sanitation side of the house to the machine building and tuning.


Actual Pages from the Book!

Actual Pages from the Book!

This is an entry level book and designed for the total tattoo beginner. But, this does not mean that someone who has been tattooing for “some time” will not benefit from this guide as well.

Even if you have been tattooing for 3 or 4 years, you still should have this book on your shelf.


Direct line of support for your tattoo journey:

Ask Tattoo Questions on the Forum. and eMail the Author Direct with your questions!

Ask Tattoo Questions on the Forum. and eMail the Author Direct with your questions!

  • Basic Fundamentals has an added perk that the other books that are available don’t seem to offer, TMTT! 
  • That’s right Teach Me To Tattoo (TMTT) is an online learning support community.
  • You have access here to the FREE forum as well.
  • Even if you don’t purchase the book and website membership you will get access to the forum for free! 
  • You can ask questions, critique other apprentice’s work – and much more.
  • So, what is so great about being a Level 2 member on the website, and forum?
  • Your serial number is embedded in your user account details on the Portal.
  • If you ask a question, or leave a comment on the Portal – you are 10 times more likely to get a professional response or answer!
  • But you can also eMail the author of the book directly! From the Portal.

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When you purchase the book and website membership, you will gain access to the Teach Me To Tattoo – Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo Support Portal.
The portal is an advanced search engine and database that catalogs a lot of the topics in the book, and allows you to ask specific questions about individual sections of the book.

You can see responses from other apprentices who own the book as well. The portal is expanding rapidly and more topics are added daily. Once you purchase the book Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo you will have access to the Portal as long as it is in existence!
Your mentor in your tattoo studio will be able to help you more than any book or DVD, but you can never be prepared enough when you are trying to get your foot in the door before you have a mentor.

Note: You should never tattoo at home, and in some places it might even be illegal.
Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo was written with the objective in mind that: before you can tattoo professionally you need to have a minimal solid foundation to build upon.
These are the basics.
The basics that are sometimes overlooked in a traditional apprenticeship or a busy shop artist might not have the time to answer every question you might think of at 3am.
“Welcome to the future of tattoo knowledge, welcome to Teach Me To Tattoo!”


So, here are the Details:

  1. Your copy of Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo will be Mailed to you via USPS Priority Mail within 24 hours (or 1 business day) of your order.
  2. There will be a sticker on the cover of your book.
  3. The sticker will have a serial number and special registration instructions on it.
  4. This serial number will allow you to register as a Level 2 user on – which will in turn allow you to watch all the tutorial videos, read all of the blocked posts, and get direct eMail support from the Author (me) C.R. Jordan!


You can check out some of the reviews here:

Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo by C.R. Jordan

I have been a tattooer since the year 1994 after buying some Spaulding and Rogers gear out of an old Tattoo magazine in 1992 and screwing up a few of my friends. I put down the machines and waited til I found an apprenticeship.
I truly wish I had a book like Tattoo Basics to assist me but all I really had was the old Spaulding “Bible” Tattooing A-Z that gave in my opinion a half assed version of how to set up your gear and apply tattoos as well as how to set up a studio and all the fun stuff.
Tattoo Basics covers a huge variety of subjects from the history of Modern Tattooing all the way to Universal Precautions and much more. Now I will say I do not agree with everything in the book as a 15+ year professional I have seen many regulations come and go as well as what people believed to be the “be all end all ” of healing or color applications or the best method of grey wash and even the way to set your station up for proper working situations.
This book carries many great points but I also see it going over board in some aspects , I guess in this day and age being “over cautious ” is not a bad thing but I think some clients get freaked out if you come at them in full Operation Suite gown and mask with eye shield. I think as long as you follow the basic Universal Precautions and treat every situation as if it were dangerous then you should be fine.
I also find the over doing it with the set up as far as the zones and what not , not every shop or studio has the amount or room to have these areas set up as stated in the publication but again common sense and Universal Precautions should make things as safe as needed for you and your clients.
If you are looking to get a book that is well worth the price and has a great website and forum set up then this is a great start. There is no replacement for a professional / traditional apprenticeship but getting a head start is something that will make your learning much easier so in closing I want to thank TMTT for asking me to review this book and I look forward to seeing what others think as well as hope to see the work they are putting out now and then after they get comfortable with the art form . Tattooing is 90% medical and 10 % artistic so never stop reading and learning and you should all do great.

Much Respects,

George Wiggins
Flesh By Design
179 Main Street
Fitchburg , Ma. 01420
978-345-4300 (ph)
978-345-4311 (fax)

ISBN-13: 978-0615281476


5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars with Conditions, December 30, 2010
By peter Scarfone (miami, fL, US) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Basic Fundamentals Of Modern Tattoo (Paperback)
Trying to keep this relatively brief, I think its only right to give a bit of background as to where this reveiw comes from. I’m an artist in other mediums that has supported myself nicely for over
20 years,but have always been extremely interested in tattooing and beautification of the body. Unfortunatly still to this day many in the tattoo field want to make it seem as if the art form is some
secret, mysterious and unattainable cult that can only be bestowed upon those few who are chosen to “pay their dues” by the “old school” method of being an indentured slave for some time period.
Apprentiseship is not the same thing as slavery. I started late and couldn’t afford that luxury. So I tried to learn and read and research and practice as much as I could and still do.
With all that said, the reason Mr Jordan gets my 5 stars is for what he is trying to create. He’s attempting to create a community of people that are interested in this art form so that they can get
accurate information, not only through his book, but by attaching it to an open forum on the internet. In other words, I believe he is being truthful about the art of tattoo. The only way to become good
at any art is with talent, learning and hard work.
I have studied many books and other information on tattooing and I don’t think any get 5 stars for content. There are many different opinions, even between the more well known artists out there.
Sometimes the website can be a bit sparse and erratic, but he certainly gives you an understanding of all the basics and seems to be a work in progress. Combined with the book, and the desire and guts
to make it available to those who make an effort, I certainly say thanks and give him 5 stars!

Added note: he has been very helpful whenever I have contacted him on the website( I hope he doesn’t mind me saying ) doing all this while risking his life for our freedom being deployed over in the

5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book, January 8, 2011
By Lee – See all my reviews
This review is from: Basic Fundamentals Of Modern Tattoo (Paperback)
I bought this book awhile ago its been very helpful to me ive read it several times i get more and more out of it every time i read it i cant wait for the auther to write more greats books on tattooing if you buy this book i hope you like it as much as i do

5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and insightful, May 23, 2011
By texastrainer – See all my reviews
This review is from: Basic Fundamentals Of Modern Tattoo (Paperback)
I purchased a starter tattoo kit after 20 years away from holding a tattoo gun in my hand. My intention was to imply finish and fix a few tattoos that hadn’t been fixed or finished. When my kit arrived “Tattoo Basics” was included. I’ve had the book about four weeks and have read it almost five times now. It is extremely easy to follow and very well written. Since getting it I’ve been inspired to take my tattooing a bit further than originally intentioned. I am breaking down machines and studying the geometry of them and really trying to study the technical side beyond the art. I think it prepares an apprentice or anyone looking to tattoo to not only be safe, but also educated in their pursuit. I’m hoping for a second in the series. – Mark

5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for tattoo beginner!, April 28, 2010
By Polo13 “Polo” (Centreville, VA) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Basic Fundamentals Of Modern Tattoo (Paperback)
Great book with a lot of information. Personally, i prefer this book for all beginners and tattoo artist for reference. It’s much better than Tattoo bible.

5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helfpul, February 12, 2010
By C. Sandoval (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Basic Fundamentals Of Modern Tattoo (Paperback)
This book has answered so many questions I’ve had about tattooing. It’s an easy read that goes right to the point and explains every technical aspect of tattooing. It gives detailed information about the machine and equipment and even includes helfpul tips and tricks. It’s well worth the price because of all the useful information. I’d highly recommend it to those serious about tattooing.

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent primer for entry into the art and business, April 2, 2013
By J. J. Marino “GeekDomo” ( – See all my reviews
This review is from: Basic Fundamentals Of Modern Tattoo (Paperback)
I have been tattooing one way or another for 18 years. I took a break about 10 years ago and decided to recently get back in the game the “right” way.

I am apprenticing under an old friend of mine that is now running a very successful studio. He recommended I get an inexpensive kit to start off with. This book was included with the kit I bought. Good thing too, it by itself is over 1/3 the cost of the kit. All I have to say is it is well worth the money. Being involved with tattooing for as long as I have, as a client and apprentice and hang about, I have seen some real bad examples of hubris and downright hatred of people not going in the way they did.

What I mean is, an artist will almost always say they magically apprenticed first and never once tattooed themselves or anyone before becoming an official apprentice. This is basic BS, which CR Jordan points out almost immediately. As soon as I read that I felt comfortable enough to understand this guy is on MY side and not about to throw some old school boys club mentality at me. Instead this book is a wonderful guide to get the basics out of the way when thinking about jumping in the business.

This book will NOT make you a tattoo artist. It will NOT get you a job. It will NOT teach you everything how to run a tattoo shop. It WILL give you the basic lingo and methods so that when you do go in for a job you sound informed and educated. That is what most artists want from their apprentice. They want to see that you are willing to go out and learn on your own enough of the basics so they can talk to you; “Hey man, grab me a 5RL, 7 Mag and a couple of barrels”. After you finish this book you will know what they are talking about.

It gives you the confidence to feel you can handle the basics in the shop and the confidence of your teacher that he doesn’t have to spend months getting someone off the ground.

Overall I have never read a better book in the intro to tatooing than this. I have several old books from Huck Spaulding and others that look pretty and have very little info. CR Jordan puts the rubber to the road and gets you running fast.

Highly recommended!

Thanks for reading my review.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!, March 8, 2013
By JimmyZ – See all my reviews
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I am in the process of opening my own shop with gifted artists and basically doing an apprenticeship as an owner. I purchased this book as a basis for tattoo theory and machine familiarity. I also purchased my equipment and machines 2 weeks later. Upon receiving my equipment…I could easily identify all parts of the machine, do a complete breakdown along with tuning. Set up and take down of the work area along with awareness of cross contamination and many other aspects was very insightful. I was educated with different perspectives while the author remained impartial and lets you choose what works for you. There are also many recommendations for making purchases from reputable manufacturers of tattoo supplies and equipment. I highly recommend this book for anyone curious about the basic art of tattooing, starting out in a venture or seeking general knowledge before you trust someone to decorate YOUR body.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, January 1, 2013
By James – See all my reviews
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Great information. This book was easy to understand and had some very good information. The author stated he wrote the book for the apprentice. I would agree. I would say that this is a must have for a new spprentice

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!!, May 15, 2012
By GhettoCher – See all my reviews
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This is the best book ever about tattooing. It teaches everything (almost)you need to know about your machines, how to take them apart, how to tune them to your style of tattooing, how to sterilize them…He really needs to write another book, including answers to questions that beginners like me have. His website is helpful too! Have to buy the book to access the site. This is a worthwhile investment if it were twice the price. I’m actually learning how to tattoo the correct way (using disposable everything) Anyone beginning to tattoo, would be totally lost without this book! DON’T BUY THAT TATTOO EQUIPMENT UNTIL YOU BUY THIS BOOK. I wish I had bought the book first, read it and then bought my equipment, why do I always have to learn from mistakes?