Which Tattoo Needle.
A tattoo needle is actually a group of several small needles called sharps attached to a needle bar.
Also Known As: grouping, single, liner, round, flat, magnum, shader
Needles can be made in groups of 3, 5, 7 or more,
depending on what the artist
is comfortable with and what the design calls for.
single needle can be used for fine lining.
The sharps are soldered to a needle bar,
and the bar is placed in the tattoo machine through a tube.
Needle groups also come in different shapes such as round (for lining) and flat or Magnum (for shading).
Shaders are generally two rows of
needle sharps spaced intermittently in a flat shape.
The most common grouping are 3 Liner for lining, 7 Round Shader and 7 Magnum for shading.
Applying a Tattoo Stencil
First place a sheet of tracing paper or photocopy over a piece of carbon hectograph paper,
press firmly with a pen (bic are good for this) and trace the outline
. The pressure will leave a carbon outline on the back of the trace or photocopy.
Cut it out and then using our Stencil Pro product,
all you have to do is dispense a small amount of Stencil-Pro onto a paper towel & wipe the area to be tattooed.
Apply stencil and you're ready to get working.
No need to worry about any of the above health concerns.
It's just the right consistency, not a runny mess & the stencil won't wipe away !
10 Simple Tattooing Tips
1. Make sure your elastic bands are not too slack as your needle will wobble, too tight and it will slow your machine down.
2. If your needle bar does not securely fit the grommet it will rattle and lose power, check there is no play in it.
3. Too much tension on the back spring will break the spring. Our Cyclone power supply can measure spring settings.
4. Make sure sure your needle is not binding and catching on your tip, it should rest on the bottom of the tip.
5. Always fully load the tip with ink so you don't run out mid line.
6. Hold the skin firmly and stretch slightly to get a firm surface.
7. Always use something like Vaseline whilst working it makes the excess ink easier to wipe off.
8. Never wipe the excess ink off too hard, you will wipe away the transfer.
9. Use a good quality needle, the white boxes are never consistent and you'll never find out where you are going wrong.
10. Don't overwork the tattoo, if your technique is right and your machine is set up correctly it should easily
put the ink in smooth and solid. An overworked tattoo will cause excess scabbing and never heal solid.
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