Stencil Stuff® Review

Stencil Stuff Review on TattooRadar by Tattoo Books Online
Stencil Stuff Review on TattooRadar by Tattoo Books Online

Super Stencil Stuff

September. 8,2013
By: UCTattoos
This review is for:  Stencil Stuff®


I had received a tip from a tattoo artist friend of mine that Stencil Stuff® had an ad that stated they were offering free samples of their product. I quickly took advantage of this. I had seen people—many people—using the product, but I had had such success with my own mixture that I had swayed from actually trying it. I used it a few times, and wow this product is amazing! I wish I could give it 10/5 stars.


Mike DeVries, and Mario Rosenau are the founders of Stencil Stuff®. When Mario was getting into portraits in 2005 he noticed that the stencil solutions he was using really didn’t transfer the fine lines that were required for the art, as well as not last through the longer sessions. Sick of having to reapply—or even completely remake—a stencil he started to experiment. After some time he made his own concoction, and another artist in the shop would always shout, “Hey Mario! Can I borrow some of your stencil stuff?!” and the name stuck! Partnering with Mike they formed a business dedicated the growing need for Stencil Stuff®, and to develop other high quality products for the tattoo community: Rest Stuff®, Spray Stuff®, and Prep Stuff®.


The ingredients for Stencil Stuff® are few: water, aloe, barbadensis leaf juice, propylene glycol, sodium stearate, steareth-20, polysorbate-20, carbomer, triethanolomine, polyquatemium-20, and quatemium-15. This information was taken from the MSDS sheet provided by Stencil Stuff®. I’m sure it is readily available upon request; if not on their website. They have actually recently reformulated their product. It used to have a rather pleasant smell, but artists had complained about the smell as they are sitting nose-to-skin with it for hours on end. They had also made the new formula last slightly less in duration. Apparently before you would have a difficult time getting rid of the stencil with anything short of a body grinder. Days after the tattoo you’d still have stencil!


For proper use of this product refer to the recommended application procedures: Pour a small amount of Stencil Stuff® solution into a gloved hand, spreading evenly over prepared area until surface is damp, but not wet. Apply stencil art to surface, holding for three to fifteen seconds. Remove stencil, and allow to set for approximately eight to ten minutes. Area will then be ready. While working work from the bottom up occasionally wiping away excess ink. Avoid excessive wiping. You really don’t need a lot of this product for it to work. To remove for repositioning the stencil use rubbing alcohol. For best results do not allow to dry completely.


When I used it—being used to my own solution—I tried to use as little as possible, but I think over did it for my first go. It feels tacky, but not as much as the solution I created. I also notice that the stencil doesn’t get wet, or smudge at all! This is great if you need to reuse your stencil to adjust the positioning of the tattoo. I also noticed that after I set up my machines the actual stencil was dry. I mean the purple carbon actually seemed dull, and dry. I’ve never seen this happen before. Once you apply ointment the stencil then livens up to it’s bright shine once more. Even after wiping, and doing an entire tattoo I could still see places where there was stencil remaining. It is definitely an amazing product! It has really changed the way I view stencil application. What’s great is it is inexpensive, and even a busy artist could use one bottle for many months if used correctly. A wise man once said, “It is more about how you rub the product into the skin rather than onto the skin.”


Stencil Stuff® is available at, or call 1-800-971-4817 for ordering information. It can also be purchased from authorized distribution centres: Eternal Ink, Magic Moon Tattooing, Protat Tattoo Supplies, and Painful Pleasures according to their website. I have also seen it at Hildbrant Tattoo Supply, Torino Supplies, Trinity Body Jewelery, and I’m sure at many more places!


The crew at Stencil Stuff®are very kind, and informative. I spoke to Carl their Operations Manager here in Canada, and he has definitely gone above, and beyond to help me with their product. He has given me any, and all information pertaining to their product including a letter from the Alberta Health Department, and the MSDS sheet for Stencil Stuff®, Prep Stuff®, and Spray Stuff®. He also spoke to me in a very relaxed, and informal fashion, which—to me—really makes all the difference when trying to communicate freely with someone. Stencil Stuff™ is also working with the health department to to phase out all non-tattoo related products from the tattoo process such as Dettol, and deodorants. This would be a large step for our industry as many of us even still use a floor cleaner: Green Soap. Personally, I think  this is the best way to go. With tattoo specific products there will be a very slim chance for skin, and product reactions, as well as create better quality tattoos, and tattoo process.


Ask your favorite supplier for your Free Sample today so you can see for yourself why Stencil Stuff® has become the product of choice for longer lasting tattoo stencil transfers by professional tattoo artists…worldwide! I know I’m glad I did!


UCTattoos gives Stencil Stuff® a 5 out of 5 rating, and I seriously wish I could go higher. This product is by far the best stenciling product on the market, and can beat out any stencil solution you can make on your own. Unless you’re making Stencil Stuff™ on your own! Even after years of perfecting my own solution, and having much success with it I was still awed by how well this product works. I definitely recommend it to all tattooers to try this product. It’s like Lays®  Chips, once you use it you’ll be hooked.

Prep Stuff™

Prep Stuff Review on
Prep Stuff Review on

The Germ Killer

October. 25,2013
By: UCTattoos
This review is for:  Prep Stuff™


I purchased Prep Stuff™ directly from Tattoo Stuff™ on their website. Unlike other types of skin preparation this is made specifically for the tattoo industry. Before this I was using 70% alcohol MicroSan hand sanitizer. It is a hand sanitizer used in doctor’s offices. However, I would much rather use something that is specifically made for the industry, which is why I tossed my old self made senticil solution for Stencil Stuff®, and I won’t be turning back.


Prep Stuff™–along with Stencil Stuff®, Spray Stuff®, Redemption™ Aftercare, and Rest Stuff®–is another product made by Tattoo Stuff™. Their products are made by artists, for artists, and all of their products are made specifically for the tattoo industry. This way you can stop using those products you’ve been making, or products that do the job but are for other industries/services. Prep Stuff is a skin sanitizer, as well as a stencil remover.


As with their other products their ingredients are very few: Isopropyl, Aqua, Piper Methysticum (Keva) Extract, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Nopal) Extract, and Aloe Baradensis Leaf Juice. The warning on the label is the same as that of Spray Stuff®.


Proper usage is as follows: Wash, and shave area to be tattooed, and wipe dry. Apply a generous amount of Prep Stuff™ onto a paper towel. For best results wipe it until the skin is very dry. Use Stencil Stuff® or draw directly on the skin. Remove stencil, and allow to set approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Area is now ready to be tattooed. While working on the tattoo work from bottom up, occasionally wiping away excess ink. Avoid excessive wiping. To remove or reposition stencil use Prep Stuff™, and wipe clean. Reapply stencil using Stencil Stuff®.


If used properly the skin will be pretty dry before you apply the Stencil Stuff®. This actually helps a lot as the stencil will dry better, and adhere more thoroughly. I’ve noticed a difference when using Prep Stuff™ whether it’s with Stencil Stuff®, or not. However, Stencil Stuff® is also a huge step up to almost anything out there. Prep Stuff™ kills 99.9% of germs on the skin. One thing it doesn’t say in the instructions is to shake it. I’m not sure whether or not you are supposed to, but I noticed if your bottle sits for a little there is something at the bottom of the bottle. I give it a little shake before using it. Also, be careful to spray it away from your face. It has a very strong alcohol smell. I suggest doing as the instructions recommend and use a paper towel. This will drastically reduce the strong smell. If you spray it directly onto the skin it will really stink, and it’s pretty harsh. I have asthma, and if I use too much—or use on the skin as I did my first time—then it could bother your breathing. It made me choke the first time. However, the smell does go away very quickly (less than 5 minutes).



PrepStuff™ is available at, or call 1-800-971-4817 for ordering information. It can also be purchased from authorized distribution centres: Eternal Ink, Magic Moon Tattooing, Protat Tattoo Supplies, and Painful Pleasures according to their website. I don’t think it is available anywhere else.


I give it a strong 5 out of 5 rating. It is a very good replacement for your typical skin sanitizer, and really does a great job. Even without Stencil Stuff® I have noticed a difference between stencil application. Not to mention it is made specifically for the tattoo industry. I would personally rather use a tattoo skin sanitizer than something you’d buy for average use, or for something completely different. I have recommended it, and will continue to do so. Some of my friends have even made the switch, and won’t turn back!