This modern tattooing machine has a base that looks a bit like the handle of a gun so it is sometimes also called a tattoo gun. The tattoo machine is a three-part device; the gun-shaped base, the motor housed within the base and a tube that holds the ink and needles.
The machine pulsates vertically and needles puncture the first two layers of the skin. The ink from the tube is forced through the epidermis by the impact of the needle hitting the skin
Varying the number of needles used in the machine makes the different lines that are used to build up the tattoo. Solid lines are created by a group of needles arranged in a circular pattern. Needles used for shading are usually lined up in vertical or horizontal slots.
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