If you’re an upcoming tattooist or an artist who is thinking about joining the world of tattooing then this article is for you. We’ll be discussing different tattoo supplies and what they’re used for.
Tattoo guns are also known as tattoo machines which is basically just a handheld piece of metal that creates the tattoo, there are different types of tattoo machines considering some use electromagnetic coils and others use a rotatory. The tattoo gun usually allows you to control the needle depth as well as the speed and force. Before you go out on the Internet and search for “low priced tattoo guns” or “low priced tattoo machines” take into consideration, would you want permanent ink from a “starter kit” that a professional wouldn’t use?
If you’re a beginner or you’re just looking for information, let me just tell you that the cleaning process of your needles is the most important it’s recommended that you don’t reuse any dirty needles due to the amount of infections and blood diseases there is such as hepatitis. Tattoo needles come in various different shapes and sizes, the 4 main properties are diameter, taper, count and configuration.
Taper/Point lengths - are quite easy to understand it’s as simple as “short equals short” so for example a short taper will have a short point and a long taper will have a long point, although each manufacturer have their own space for each size taper.
The count indicates the number of needles that are grouped together so for example “1207RL” 12 is the diameter and 7 is the needle count, which means “1207RL” will have 7 needles soldered to the bar.
The configuration indicates how all the needles are grouped together, allowing us to determine the shape or pattern of how the ink will turn out. If you look at the example for count “1207RL” you notice the initials “RL”, they actually stand for round liner, the round liner is a tight circular formation and is usually used for lining.
When tattooing you can either go for the risk of drawing freehand or creating a stencil? If you go with the risk of doing the tattoo freehand you run the risk of going wrong or doing something accidental such as doing an extra line. If you go for the stencil, which most artists do it ensures that the client is happy to proceed and has a rough outlined idea of what their design is going to look on their skin. If you go down this route you can use a “Tattoo Skin Scribe Pen Marker”, which allows you to draw on the skin and tattoo over the top of it or using “Tattoo Thermal Transfer Paper” which allows you to draw the tattoo first and then transfer it over by using the transfer paper.