For a Tattoo Artist having top-quality equipment is essential. It allows Tattoo Artists to do the best job possible. Tattoo Artists have to work in comfortable conditions because they have a huge responsibility. The client’s body and appearance depend on the Tattoo Artist’s professional ability. That is why it is so important to invest in high-quality equipment.
Whether you call it a tattoo machine, or a tattoo gun, it is crucial for Tattoo Artists to have a perfectly running and maintained machine to deliver impeccable tattoos time and time again. But there are other pieces of a tattoo studio’s equipment that matter.
Both the Tattoo Artist and client are in their respective chairs for an extended period. Tattooing sessions often last a few hours. Having a comfortable and adjustable chair that will keep each party supported is of utmost importance.
Good quality tattoo equipment is a significant investment both for beginning Tattoo Artists and tattoo studio owners. It is important to remember that the right gear is reliable and will work well over a long period. Tattoo studios and Tattoo Artists are obligated to provide safety and bloodborne disease prevention so personal protection equipment is extremely important in the tattoo industry.
As you see there are so many kinds of equipment necessary to do tattoos, but let’s focus on tattoo guns and how you can use them. The guideline below answers those questions.
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Future Tattoo Artists should know all about tattoo equipment including tattoo gun types and their manufacturing process. Tattoo guns and tattoo machines are one and the same and are small hand-held devices used to engrave tattoos on the skin. Tattoo guns also called have two main types: coil tattooing machines and rotary tattooing machines. What is the difference between the coil and rotary tattoo gun?
Coil tattoo guns are older than rotary tattooing machines. Those tattoo guns were most commonly found in different tattoo supply shops years ago and were the original mass-market tattoo gun.
Today Tattoo Artists use them less often than rotaries, yet it is extremely important to know how to use them and why people use them.
Rotary tattoo guns use an electric motor to drive the needles into the skin. Those types of tattoo guns are much quieter and more lightweight.
What makes a great tattoo aside from the design, composition, and placement? No matter how great the design looks and how, if it’s done by someone who doesn’t have a proper tattoo gun then the tattoo just won’t look good.
Future Tattoo Artists learn about tattoo equipment and tattoo supplies in a tattoo apprenticeship or a tattoo school. Established Tattoo Artists teach about the advantages and disadvantages of every type of tattoo gun. Remember, rotary tattoo guns are lightweight and quiet, yet coil tattoo guns give you more tuning options.
Guidelines that may help you find and choose the right tattoo gun for you:
Aside from buying a tattoo gun, you need to learn about tattoo machine voltage and power supplies. It’s best to learn everything from an experienced artist and avoid bad choices. Avoiding common beginners’ mistakes will help you to save money.
The most common mistakes are purchasing the wrong tattoo accessories and not understanding tattoo gun voltage. It is common for beginning Tattoo Artists to buy expensive accessories that don’t fit their tattooing machines. For instance, inexperienced Tattoo Artists often choose the wrong size of needles or the wrong voltage of power supply for their machine and for the tattoo they are about to perform. Those mistakes can cause your tattoo gun to underperform. That means your tattoo results will NOT make your client happy.
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Once you know which tattoo gun is the best for you, learn how to use it for the best outcome. Established Tattoo Artists know various tattoo techniques and have their own tricks useful during tattooing. Honing in on your craft and perfecting your style is key for Tattoo Artists. Learning different styles and tattoo techniques helps Tattoo Artists to figure out what clients want to get and how to do it right. Future Tattoo Artists will learn about tattooing techniques in a tattoo school and in tattoo apprenticeships. There are a variety of different techniques and every Tattoo Artist has to find his own niche.
Tattoo shading gives tattoos a more realistic look and makes them look more 3D. There are a few types of shading including:
Going at the right speed, using the right needle, the right voltage, and keeping in mind the effect you’re going for is crucial for executing the shading part perfectly. Shading can make a tattoo or break it. Beginning Tattoo Artists need a lot of practice on fake skin first.
Layering is mixing colors in the skin to achieve a gradation effect or spectrum effect. The same high level of quality of tattoo ink is crucial for this technique.
This is blending different colors to make a new tattoo ink color. Tattoo ink can be mixed by putting two colors together to make a different blend of color or shade. Experienced Tattoo Artists know how to make tattoo ink color lighter or darker and how to get the right effect.
Being able to correctly pack color is what brings a color tattoo to life. Without the right tattoo techniques for packing and blending out inks, tattoos may look patchy, pale, or even blurred. Tattoo color packing techniques include moving a tattoo gun in very tight ovals, and pushing and pulling needles to get the proper shade of color. Correct tattoo color packing is crucial to get long-lasting vibrant tattoos.
The line work is the most important technique for beginning Tattoo Artists. Skilled Tattoo Artists can do almost perfect lines because of years of practice. Beginners make a lot of mistakes during lining. The most common mistakes include:
To avoid all those mistakes, enroll in a tattoo school where you will learn about common possible mistakes and how to fix them.
Dotwork is a tattooing technique where the Tattoo Artist inks a few dots for a striking visual impact. They can create a full image and shape or only shading by using a dot art technique. Tattoo shading done by using only dots is called stippling.
Hand-poked tattoos are tattoos made without the use of tattoo guns. Hand-poke is the oldest tattoo technique. While they are created with similar supplies, stick ‘n poke Tattoo Artists push needles and ink into the skin manually, without the aid of a power supply.
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