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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<J sharper). Theyarenot thatmuch more expensive. Asa matter of fact, the best needles and tars ¡11 the world are not that much at all. Don't compromise on these items, or you will never he a good tattooist,

Needle malting 111 itselfis an exact science. This is the process of actually soldering the nee, lie groups together as a unitand then soldering this unit to the needle bar. As a canonist, you wdl no doubt lie doing this yourself in the future. The entire process is explained in detail in the nextchapter. for now though,do not attempt it because you already have enough to do. The beginning tattooist should purchase needlobarsfwitli the needles a] ready oil them) from a reputable dealer in tattooing equipment. There are several reasons for this. First, you will net to know what good ones look like. Needle bars from asupplierarejustaboutalways perfectand made by an experienced professional. Study them and get [0 know all theaspects of the various kinds. Second, it gives you a chance »start building upa collection of needle bars. When the needles are no longer useable, the needle bars still are, ami can be used over and over again. With care, Ihey can last for many years

A tattoo needle's lifespan is very short, lr you get three medium tattoos out or one, you ares)retching it Needles cannot he sharpened anii when they are used up, solder them off and save the bars. Many professionals use one needle for one tattoo If it is a big tattoo, it may take two to th ree needles. This ensures sharp needles all the time. Don't keep using the same needles. L'se them once and get rid of them. He liberal and you will he better ofT,

Neetlle groups used for outlining come in four common sizes. Needle groups are the number of needles on the end of the liner bar. They are one needle groups, three needle groups, four and then five needle groups.

LINE NEEDLE GROUP" (Head-on view of needlesi

LINE NEEDLE GROUP" (Head-on view of needlesi

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One needle groups actually have three needles in them. TWo are soldered slightly back and the third needle (the tattooing one) is sticking out just ahead of the other two. The two that are back add stability and guidance to the one which is forward and this group is popularly called "single needle." This is the one that you hear so much about.

Three needles soldered together.

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Two needles are cut back to support the exposed single needle

One exposed tattoo needle

CLOSEUP OF "SINGLE NEEDLE" TATTOOING NEEDLE

Three needles soldered together.

Two needles are cut back to support the exposed single needle

CLOSEUP OF "SINGLE NEEDLE" TATTOOING NEEDLE

One exposed tattoo needle

It makes a very fine line on the skin. Throe needle groups are three needles soldered together and are perfectly flush with each other on the tattooing end. It makes a little thicker line and five needle groups make even a thicker one. All of these groups are soldered on liner bars and are generally used for just outlining a tattoo. The outline of a tattoo gets thicker as the size (if the tattoo increases. Single needle for small pieces, the three needle for medium pieces, four needle for bigger pieces, and five needle for larger piecessuch as back work. As the size of the tattoo increases, the outline of it(in thickness) also increases proportionally.

The above also holds true for shading needles. These groups are soldered flat on shading bars. One needle is right next to the other, on a flat line, as opposed to liners which are soldered in a circular group. The most common sized shaders are four needle shaders and six needle shaders

The four needle shader is used for smaller areas being shaded and the six needle shader being used for larger areas, The only exception is the big 14 needle round shader, used for large work. This group holds so many needles that it is made round instead of flat.

SHADER NEEDLE GROUPS* (Head on view of needles)

"Approximate line thickness

The actual needles that get soldered on the bars come in two types. Plain Steel needles and stainless steel needles. Stainless needles are better to use because you won't have to worn,- about rust or pitting Many tattooists use different makes of needles, but the industry standard is the ' 12 sharps needle. This is what you will get from your supplier, already perfectly soldered onto the needle bars. You must make it a habit to constantly check the ends of the needles for perfection. Many things can happen to them. A vital part of your equipment is the eye loupe. They are like a microscope, hut forjustoneeye. A high powered, high quality one is a wise investment and a definite must. They are used so you can always check the end of the needles for flaws. They must be checked right when you first receive them, right after you have sterilized them and while you are tattooing. A needle can get bad at any time. It doesn't take much at all to spoil one.

Tattooing with a bad point results in: The ink not going in properly, excessive pain for the customer, skin damage and ripping, leaving scar tissue and a terrible tattoo. The needles you get from a supplier are usually perfect, but always check them anyway They could get damaged in shipping, while sterilizing them or just careless handling in setting up the machine. They must be treated with extraordinary care at all times, If not, you will not last long as a taltouisL The causes of needle damage vary and can happen at any time. Rough handling while washing or sterilizing will do it also. They can get damaged while running the points into the bottom of the ink cap. Too tight a fit of the shaders in the tube end will do italso. Be careful and check them often with the eye loupe. Pay attention to the tattooing. If the customer starts flinching or the lines come out wrong, stop and check your needles. Bad needles look like this as seen through the eye loupe.

CLOSE-UP DETAIL OF BAD POINTS

CLOSE-UP DETAIL OF BAD POINTS

Hooked

Blunted

Pitted or rusty

Bent

Hooked

Blunted

Pitted or rusty

Bent

Ttibes

The liner and shader tubes are the machined tubes which encase the needle bars. They commonly have knurled grips on them for easier handling control. Each tube is designed specifically for the type of needle bar it is tn be used with. For example, a four needle shader is used exclusively with a four needle shader tube. The exception is with the three needle square tip liner tube. It is also used with the single needle liner It is important to remember that suppliers make their needle bars to fit their own tubes. So be sure to order your machines, tubes and needle bars all from the same supplier to keep things consistent and littihg together right.

A Word About Liner 1\ibes

There are two types of liner tubes. One with a round tip and the other with a square tip. Which one you choose to work with Is a personal preference, but each one has an advantage over the other. Let s take the round tip Lube first. . You will not have many problems with ink splatter, and if you do. usually a rubber band adjustment will take care of it. If you make a sharp corner while tattooing, the needle could move over, causing a wider < ,r crooked line. Also, if you have too much needle hanging out the end ni the tip. it will tend to hang up in the skin. To correct this, move the tube down.

Now let's go to the square tip tube which is the true professionals tube With a square tip tube, the needles will never move no matter how sharp or fast you go around a corner, tin- line will always stay the same width. Everything has to be in perfect alignment on a square tip tube with the tip slightly slanted up so the needles hug down in the groove. There cannot be any exress solder on the needles or you will have a splutter problem, this also holds t rue if the tip is worn badly. Ifyou continue to use a worn out tip, you will get short use from a needle bar, the tip will not feed ink correctly to the skin and the hot torn needle will wear fiat and sharp, causing it to cut. If the tip fceds out too much ink. a rubber bund adjustment is in order and also, vou might try using a bit less power. You should always have a small amount of needle protruding from a square tip when not running, and a short or long stroke is a personal preference. Its up to you Ifyou want to ride the Up of the tube on the skin or work off the points of the need Irs. Whichever is most comfortable for you.

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Tattoo Shading Techniques

Tattoo Shading Techniques

Black with grey shading tattoo arts are like a representation of who you are and they have a power and magic of their own. This Tattoo tutorial is covering how to do black and gray portrait tattoo techniques. Learn about black with grey shading tattoo art and explore the exceptional techniques of making some beautiful designs.

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  • ari-pekka
    Why do tattooist use a sharp needle?
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