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Tuning your power supply to your Machine

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Many people want to become a tattoo artist, because of the popularity of tattoos and the potential for high income. The first mistake beginners make is that they buy a tattoo kit and try to practice on their friends. Luckily, those people will never become truly successful at tattooing anyway. They will never acquire the skills necessary to compete in this highly competitive business of tattooing. If you’re gifted with raw talent, you already have the basic. When it comes to tattooing, someone who can't draw or color inside the lines isn't going to be a good candidate for a tattoo artist.


But being gifted with raw talent will not safe you from the hard work. The next step will be to develop your talent into a skill. The best way to transform your talent into skill is by fine art classes, working with a fellow artist, learning technique from books or all these together. But the main factor that will make the difference is hard work. You just need to train, train and train.


Use a Tattoo Machine


Always remember to use a correct angle. In order for the ink to be inserted in the skin layer properly, you must hold your equipment in a 45° angle. There is a high risk that the ink will leak out from the puncture in the skin, if you hold the machine at too vertical angle. Avoid the too horizontal angel too. There is a high risk that you miss the correct position of the design which will result in a fail tattoo attempt.


The customer will feel unnecessary pain and bleeding, which means you’re exceeding the recommended depth. If you don’t exceed the recommended depth, much ink will quickly disappear and the final reslut of the tattoo will be a mess.
With just small smooth movements, you will be able to learn how to seamlessly balance and control your tattooing machine. Don’t try to freehand a tattoo without support from the rest of the arm. It could result with crooked squiggly lines and unsatisfied customer.


Tuning your power supply to your Machine
Power supplies, most tattoo guns are DC, and most power supplies come in two forms regulated, and non-regulated. Regulated means that the output voltage will always be what your setting says, if you choose 13 volts then the output will be 13 volts, non regulated machines will give you an average of 13 volt output. The regulated machines are more expensive, but save contacts and provide smoother running machines, and better tattoos. Attach your power supply to your gun; you should also have a footswitch setup so that it works as the on/off switch for power to your gun. Ensure that your gap has been set...


Liners contacts should be set the width of a dime apart, and shaders should be set the width of a nickel apart. Turn on your power supply, set the output voltage to your desired speed, the higher the voltage the faster the machine will run, a fast smooth machine is good for lining, and a slower machine is preferred for shading, but practice will determine your use.


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