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When soldering the shader groups on the shadurbars, you can use the same needle bar jig, just switch bar heads for shadergroups. The rules are the same, with the loop of the hnr facing to the right and the bar riding under the needle group. Remember to use the flat needle bars for shaders. The Dual touch on theshaders will be the spreading of the needles. This process will also apply t f ur needle flat shaders. It is a known fact that spread or forked shader needles (whichever you prefer to...

Contact Tuning

If you are going along and allofa sudden your machine quits, first check to see if it is your machine or your power pack- TV) do this, try your other machine to see if it will work if it is your machine and you can t fix it on the spot, you can always iut your needle bar and tube on your other machine and reset the point gap as a last resort to finish the tattoo. If your machine won't run at. all, it is either a short or an open in your circuit. First check to make sure your points are clean....

About Needles

One of the most important aspects of all the various mechanics in tattooing, would be the tattoo needle. Sterilization is important, the machines are important and designs are important. But, the tattoo needle is the only link between you and the customer and it is there where all of the other factors meet with the skin. Needles actually puncture the skin and for this reason they must be perfect, absolutely flawless, sharp, straight and in perfect condition. Needles are soldered on bars called...

Bandages

After finishing a tattoo, it is your responsibility to prevent it from getting infected, at least during the first few hours until the body can close up all the holes that were just putinto it. White tattooing, you have plenty of time to talk to the customer about after care and how they ought to treat the tattoo. Later, you can give them a care sheet to lake home with them. A big poster outlining the healing process and the care of a new tattoo, located near the work chair, also acts as a...

Ikttoo Review

Tattoo Shading Techniques

Let us renew all the tattooing procedures you have learned up to this point. In at, organ,zed order, go over a mock tattoo schedule from start to finish, This will Ue in all of the techniquesin some sort of logical order soyoucan understand where they all fit Acustomer hasjust walked in. andjustforthe sake of this explanation, let's say they would like a tattoo on their upper arm. After briefiy Iking lo them about designs and w hkh one they will prefer, lei's assume one is chosen and agreed...

Table Of Contents

Guy Aitchison Laser

Tbble of Contents 7 Q. introduction 11 Chapter 1 The Right Way . 15 Chapter 3 Tbols of the Trade IT Chapter 3 Machines and Power .21 Chapter 4 Setting Machines 34 Chapter 5 Holding Machines 43 Chapter 6 Setting Tubes . . 45 Chapter 7 About Needles 50 ChujKer 8 Needle Mailing 55 Chapter 10 Sterilization. 74 Chapter 1L Sterile Techniques . . . 73 Chapter 15 Outlining . 00 Chapter 16 Shading 106 Chapter 17 Ctrti amp ing V1 Chapter 19 Tattoo Review 120 Chapter 20 First Aid 124 Chapter 21 Chapter...

Rules for Mixing and Blending Colors

1 White can be mixed with any color. 2 Except for white, leave the purple alone. 3 Ked, orange anil yellow can be intermixed and blended. 4 Browns mix well with orange, red, yellow and white 5 Make grey by mixing whit with black or by adding distilled water to black. Spectacular effects can be achieved by blending the colors in the skin letting one color flow into the nest This is a rainbow effect, and the ranges of color In a rainbow make a good guideline to remember the blending scheme. Any...

Tape wrapped coil

When the machine is running, the armature bar strikes the front core of the first coil, but must not be allowed to touch the rear core. If it does, file a bit off the rear core surface. Whenever filing, first mark the surface with Prussian blue available at art supply shops so you will see just what you have done and where you are going. Afterwards, remove filings with a Q-tip dipped in glycerine. On some frames, it's necessary to remove coil to file. Also, on most machines, you can move the...

Cover Ups

Cover-up- is a lenu that refers to the technique of freshly tattooing a design right over an already existing tattoo. This is done in such a way that the new tattoo will totally cover over or completely hide the original tattoo. Thi . is usually done because the first design is no longer wanted and a new and better one can be placed over It Oftentimes, crude tattoos done hy onslaught tattooists eventually become uncomelv eyesores to the owners and they wish to change the situation. A good...

Shop Furniture

Work Table - A mi-dium size table linoleum or glass top for easier cleaning to hold items needed while tattooing. Ch air-For thelattonisi. Should be comfortable Some prefer rulleralnget around You can spend a lot ortime in this. Customer Chair- A comfortable chair for clients to sit In while their tattoo ts being done. Lifter Bench - Common weight liftins bench for clients to stretch oul on while doing back or legs. Font Stool - For the tattoclsc's Toot to give him elevation for those who do...

Toots Of The TVade

This chapter IS a materials lisi and their descriptions Tor the tools of ihe trade the beginning latt.Mi.st is gomg lo nt i to start out. By no means a complete checklist j t will still Itemize ihe basic tools of tattooing and the tattooist will no doubt add and subtract from this list as heir experience warrants. Flease don't get cunfused by readme this, because each item will eventually be discussed in more detail in some other section of this hook. After you've read this honk several times,...

The Right

Tattoo Shading Techniques

It is important to learn the right way from the very beginning. You ought to read this book from cover to cover at first to get an idea of what tattooing is all about Later von can go hack to each chapter and study them more carefully. Oneofthe first tilings to he considered is thacyouuregoingtobeaprofessional. This term means that you are going to have a finely developed skill and also a professional attitude. When a professional tattoo artist walks Into his to shop, all the distractions of...

The Customer and the Fresh Tattoo

Tattoo Shading Techniques

The customer should remove the bandage in about two hours and rinse it in cold water to remove whatever blood there sand gently blot it dry. Two hours is about the average time it takes for blood to start clotting and scabbing. If it has not clotted by that time, the cold irate- will close up the pores in the skin and hold the restof the ink in. It is the cleaning process while it is healing that makesa tattoo look nice and sharp Tell them to rinse it off with their hands. A washcloth or towel...

Single Needle Group

Making Tattoo Needle Jig

Stick them in the tfiree needle hole in the needle liar jig for tightening just like a three needle group. When solderingotta liner bar, remember that the top needle In the needle group triangle is the good one, and as usual, the bar rides underneath. Let's move on to shaders, It may sound strange, but one of the most useful tools for Constructing shader needle groups is a rectangular hone. Measuring alwut 1 x 3 L1 inches, they a re in ex pensive and can be purchased from your Latu.,...

Art

Pencils. Watercolors - To color flash sheets. This list is not totally complete, hut it is a good guideline to get you started. Few-people can purchase it all at once and must slowly put it together. Don't be frightened by the long list, all the equipment is quite small and portable. Compared to other businesses, this list is pretty simple and not as expensive as some practices can be. Buying in order of importance and practicality first seems to be a smart...

Marking Pens

Marking pens, also called skin scribes, are surgical marking pens used by doctors to draw scalpel lines on patients. They are non-toxic and are designed to draw right on the skin. It is not good practice to just draw a design on the body, since mistakes and changes are going to occur. Better to rework the design beforehand on paper and to transfer it with another method. The only reason the skin scribe is mentioned here is that it is a useful tool for touchup work, alterations or additions to a...

Business Practices

Before even starting in the tattooing business, the material in this chapter should be given some serious thought. For example, how will you ever start tattooing if perhaps it is against the law in your community Since it is a tattooing career that you wish to make it in, it would be smart to make sure no authorities will visit you and permanently shut you down. Whether doing business at home or at a shop which will be the eventual goal , certain local and state ordinances should be looked into...

Chapter Twentythree Prices and Selling

What will you charge for a tattoo and what will it work out per hour Walk into any legitimate tattoo shop and you will notice that the price of a good tattoo is not generally cheap. That is. not inexpensive. When considering the price of equipment today's inflation, the skill involved, and the cost of overhead and floor space, tattoos are not exactly a had deal either. The fact is that they are a permanent artwork investment that will go everywhere the customer goes. Other than the free...

Word About Greer Tattoo Color

It seems though that everyonein tattooing at some time or other has had a problem putting green into the,,kin. Of course there are many and varied itS t'ail fause'lhink 11a vpry iraporlinl art, t should know. A tattoo machine is only as good as the artist behind it F starters. a good running machine with a new set o needles is a must The most common nustake with green is that the artist doesn't know when it's in the skin This happens because most greens are mixed with white and when tattooed...

The Tattoo Studio

As we said earlier, it's likelyyou will 1 starting outat home. Chances are, you will be most secure and have more confidence in your home setting, and develop a reluctance to move on There are a lot of advantages working at home. If you are employed elsewhere, the overhead, after the initial outlay for equipment, is almost nil and whatever you lake in, is spending money. If you are happy at home, vou are ahead of the game. By using discretion and keeping a low profile, you may never run afoul...

Holding Machines

Hand Holding Tattoo Machine

Holding a tattoo machine correctly entails much more than just getting a good grip on it and digging right in. All needle tubes should be stainless steel and all correctly manufactured stainless steel tubes come complete with a knurled grip on them. Knurling is a machinist's term used for pieces of metal with lathed on criss-crosses engraved in the metal, commonly used for grip-type surfaces. This is what the needle tubes should have on them. Metal knurled grips are much better than plastic or...

Chapter Nine Skin

Skin is the outer covering of the body, it consists of an outer layer called epidermis and an inner layer called the dermis. Beneath that is fatty tissue. The epidermis protects the body from injury and invasion of parasites. Skin is waterproof and helps contain water in the body. Skin also excretes poisons sweat and also acLs as a sense organ. The point here is that skin is not some board to be etched on but an actual working, organism to be dealt with carefully, so extra sensitivity is...

Chapter Seventeen Coloring

The actual process of coloring a tattoo is a relatively simple one if you always remember andapply a few key rules and regularly practice them The technique is the same for solid black tattooing as it is for solid coloring. Actually, black tatMing is a little easier as black ink seems more readily accepted by the skin than colored ink The motion is a circular one, and colorings tattoo is done in small circular steps alittleata time. If aconstant pace is maintained, a lot of area can be covered...

Marking Bar Amd Coil

Tattoo Coil Core Washers

Remove the screw that is holding both springs to the armature bar. First, put the screw back m the hole in the rear spring and start it into the armature bar. .Make sure you still have both wishers on the screw, on top, above the springs. Nest, put on the front spring, placing it on top of the rear spring and under both washers. This rront spring will just slide on the screw. Tighten linger tight. Before replacing assembly take this opportunity to buff your contact screw, removing any pits. To...

First

As a professional tattooist, you are going to have to handle certain unpleasant situations that some customers may find t hemselves in. One of these areas is the weak stomached client. Every once in a while a customer gets sick and you should be prepared to deal with it. Make it a habit to have alt your wastebaskets lined with plastic garbage bags just in case someone gets a stomach reaction. A quick grab for the nearest basket sure beats a disgusting mess on the floor. Besides, it could even...

The Stencil

When you and the customer have chosen the right design, there must be a way to transfer it to the body part getting tattooed. Even the best tattoo artists rarely work totally freehand that is, to just start tattooing with no guidelines at all on the body . Remember, there is no erasing a tattoo once it is on. There has to be some type of guide on theskin so you know where you are going and what it might look like ahead of time. In the tattoo trade, this transfer method from the design to the...

Skin

Bjj Reaper

These lines are not to be tattooed in. but used just as a guide for the letters. Later they will be wiped off to leave just the letters in perfect height Do not guess with the spacing of letters, they rarely come out right Always remember the sign plan ahead. What you should do is determine where the center line on the banner or skin is. Put a mark with pen where the exact center of the banner is. Now add up the letters in the name or inscription, spaces count as one letter. If, for example, an...

Sterilizers

Sterlelave Autoctave - Fnr sterile dressings and equipment. This is a must. Wayne Dri-Ciave - Tkble top. Sterilizer pouches to check sterilizing. Ultrasonic Cleaner - Cleans all residue from tubes, needles, etc. Ultrasonic Solution - For use with Ultrasonic Cleaner. Ultrasonic Tray and Machine Holder -Submersible trav lohold tools in while in the Ultrasonic Cleaner. Machine Rack - To hold machines while not in use. Contains test tubes for machines. Benz-AII - A germicidal solution thatis...

Setting Machines

Keeping your equipment running smoothly is very important and takes more than just a little luck. You have to understand all aspects of the machines and how to tune them. One of your duties will be to check the contact points on a regular basis. Keep the points and the contact screws in good shape so they will make good ' contact. To set the points, be sure they are first clean and smooth, A point file can be used to flatten the surfaces if either one of them is burned or pitted Silver points...

Setting Tubes

Difficult Pictures Color

This chapter requires some careful study since it covers a simple but important process. This process is putting needle bars in tubes and adjusting the tube, bar and machine for proper tattooing- This will become second nature after awhile. Never, ever rush this process because if you're not paying close attention to what you are doing, the needie tips are going to get all damaged. You are going to have to do this every time the tubes and needles are sterilized and the machine has to be put...

Tattoo Designs

Big Tattoos Designs

One of the basic foundations of tattooing is the tattoo design. Without them, what is there to tattoo A great bonus to tattooing is the endless amount of nice artwork out there to use as designs and this in itself is a sort of job security. Printed design sheets, made readily available by tattoo suppliers, are called 'flash in the tattoo trade, The starting Uiirw isi, or any tattooist for that matter, should have a vast store of these on display for the customer to choose from. Flash sheets are...

Frame Alterations

Winder Coils Tattoo

Side arm could be slightly bent in or out Side arm can be slightly bent side to side. Tension is achieved by the rear spring. Remove needle bar and holding machine in left hand by the tube, depress armature bar with left thumb and ease it upwards until contacts meet. There should be enough tension so you c amp n see the front spring rise a little more when contacts meet and you release your thumb - then you've got it right. You can buy a gauge from a tattoo supply house to duplicate this same...

Outlining

Best Needles For Black And Grey Shading

Outlining by itself just might be the single most important aspect of a good tattoo It lakesspecial attention and concentration while performing. A cleancut line done with confidence displays professionalism and is he solid fountlati. ,n for a great tattoo. The world's greatest foundation is useless if the bricks are faulty, and the greatest quality outline is onlyas good as the pattern. In other words, as Important as good outlining is. the outline itself isonly as go. las the line on the...

Chapter Eght Needle Making

Making Eye Needles

Noodle mating is an art and science in itself, it is not just some process that is performed, but an acquired skill to perfect. You want to make your own needles to be strong, but to achieve a high levelofakMin this field, the technique has to be practiced over and over again through the courseofmany months, .lust like anything in life, the mure you ilo something, the better at it you become. This is very true with needle making. Itcan become really frustrating at first and it seems you will...

Sterile Techniques

Successful Tattoos

There is no excuse for a dirty operation and there is no excuse for infection, no matter whose fault it is. It's your job to keep your operation sterile and your job to educate the customer on how to keep a tattoo clean and free from problems while it is healing. Even this isn't enough. SieriJe procedures have to be followed from A to 2. Get and stay sterile all through the tattoo. 1 gt ike great pains to be sure that your equipment, work area and procedures are sterile at all times. Do...

Sterilization

Hooked Tattoo Needle Eye Loop

In this Age of many diseases and viruses, many that kill and some incurable, proper sterilization is a serious concern. It also ought to be a priority with yourself that under no circumstances do you ever use non-sterile equipment All needles, tubes, bars and inks should be sterilized To sterilize equipment before using, first put new needle bars and tubes in an ultrasonic cleaner. A chemical cleaner can be used in the ultrasonic cleaner. This helps get all the flux off of needles and works...

Machine Coil

Rear Binding Post Tattoo Gun

Machine Frame 15 - Although many frames look different, they all have these basic features the jaws in which the needle tube 22 is clamped in via wing nut 20 . The base of the frame is where the coils are mounted. The spring brace is in the rear and supports the rear binding post and armature bar. The side arm holds the front binding post B. Machine CoiIs 26 - Steel Core, come in eight or ten wrap wraps of wire around core cotton or enamel wrapped wire....

Standard Release Form

I don't have a heart condition. I don't have epilepsy. I haven't had hepatitis within the last year. I'm not a hemophiliac bleeder . I'm not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. To my knowledge, I don't have any physical, mental, or medical impairment or disability which might affect my well-being as a direct or indirect result of my decision to have any tattoo-related work done at this time. I agree to follow all instructions concerning the care of my tattoo...

Lettering

Various kinds of lettering have always been an Integral part of tattooing. Many customers wan some type of lettering to enhance their tattoo and to make a definite statement. Tattoo letters range from big bold capitals to small and fancy letters enclosed in a swirly banner or scroll. You can never be a good tattonist wtthou mastering some form of lettering. Two common styles are block lettering and cursive or scripture If you cannot letter well, you hail better practica nn a regular basis....

Machines and Power Sources

Tattoo Gun Wiring Diagram

It is often said that a machine is no better than the person operating it. This can also be applied to tattoo machines. A tattooist must have confidence with his machines and must learn to run them properly, not have them run him. Tattoo machines may vary in appearance but they all run basically the same, and perform the same function, driving a needle up and down very fast, perforating the skin and driving ink in as the operator steers it along while leaving a trail behind. This is done when...

Shadowing

Tattoo Needle Depth For Lining

Good tattoo shading requires experience and is an acquired skill. Diligent practice pays off here because sometimes tattoo artists are judged solely by their peers on the quality of black shading that they do. If done too light, it will not stand out. If not feathered right, it will appear blunt and the shading looks as if it ends abruptly. This is called dead-heading and is undesirable. Shading must be mastered because, not only does it really make a tattoo stand out, but many tattooing errors...

Needle Bars

Magic Needles Tattoo

Liners are grouped tightly togelher to do outlining with. Shaders are grouped Oat, next to each other, to do shading. Use the best needles and needle tare monevcan buy. They are that important. Don't mess around with inexpensive needles or sale items. High quality needles are easier on the customer pain and health wise rid on you making the tattoo cleaner an lt J sharper . Theyarenot thatmuch more expensive. Asa matter of fact, the best needles and tars 11 the world are not that much at all....

Acetate Stencils

One of the most popular ways of design transfer is with the acetate stencil Acetate sheeting is acquired through your tattoo supplier in rolls or sheets which measure in approximately .020 inch thickness. The most practical way is in rolled sheets that you cut to size yourself. The curl in the sheeting is easily removed by running under hot water after it has been cut down to size. The hot water softens it up and allows it to be flattened out. How to do an acetate stencil. Materials needed A...