Tattoo Machines and Groupings

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.

 

This is a sample clip from “welcome tattoo Disk 1″ Tattoo Apprentice Training series DVD. You can get this DVD from many vendors online, or you can find it on Amazon.com -
If you purchase “Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo” You can get a discount from Tattoo Books Online.

Practice skin for tattoo, is it worth it?

Use fruit, pig skin, synthetic practice skin surfaces to improve your tattoo skills, then progress to tattooing yourself with sterile single used equipment. [00:08:00] Eventually, you’ll be tattooing your friends in a professional tattoo studio that you are apprenticing in.
We have seen some pretty unsafe stuff in professional tattoo studios, and at professional tattoo conventions. We have also seen some nasty stuff done by tattoo artists working out of their homes.
There are tattooists in the world who do not have the client’s best interest at heart. This industry is difficult to get into, and not many cities in the world are friendly for permits and licensing. These factors can often time drive this craft underground and send young artists to the internet searching for answers.
Our goal is to just get some proper information out there in hopes of helping aspiring tattoo apprentices stay safe.

 

This is a sample clip from “welcome tattoo Disk 1″ Tattoo Apprentice Training series DVD. You can get this DVD from many vendors online, or you can find it on Amazon.com -
If you purchase “Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo” You can get a discount from Tattoo Books Online.