Tattoo needles do not inject ink in the traditional sense. A lot of people have the misconception that a tattoo machine’s needle works the same way that a hypodermic needle does. The tattoo needle is now hollow, and does not draw ink into it at all. The tattoo needle is actually a bunch of needles sorted together to form a grouping, and they are solid like a sewing needle.
[00:16:00] There are different types of groupings that do different things and can help the artist to achieve different effects. Typically, the tattoo artist will perform three basic techniques while tattooing: lining, shading and coloring. Each of these techniques can be achieved with any type of tattoo needle grouping and with any type of tattoo machine setup. Tattoo needles shouldn’t go that deep into the skin. This is where a lot of new tattoo artists seem to be confused. The depth that that needle should be set at is not always the same as the depth that the needle will travel into the skin. The goal is not to let the needle go below the dermis of the skin, because the ink will expand and cause blowouts.
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