About Tattoo Machines

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A machine that is used for permanent marking of the skin with indelible ink is defined as a tattoo machine. The newest and modern tattoo machines use electromagnetic coils to move a ramp up and down. Connected to the ramp, there is a closed needle grouping that drives ink into the skin.

All tattoo equipment are different in a way. They are different in quality, price or purpose. Before attempting something as permanent as a tattoo, it is very important to make sure you have the right tools.

The main parts of a tattoo machine are the tubes which can be removed for sterilization for each tattoo, the frame with attached pieces and the needles that are inserted into the tubes. The tubes have a hand grip attached on them. The purpose of the grip is simple, you hold the machine for the grips while tattooing. Tubes are almost always stainless steel and they don’t actually touch the customer's skin, but ink and blood do come in contact with them. That’s why they can be released from the rest of the machine and autoclaved. In relation to the tip, the tubes can come in many different sizes.

 

Tattoo Machines History

The electric pen invented by Thomas Alva Edison. The electric pen was patented under the title Stencil-Pens in Newark United States 1876. The original purpose of the pen was to be used as a duplicating device.

It all changed in 1891 when Samuel O’Reilly discovered that Edison’s machine could be modified and used to introduce ink into the skin. After the discovery, Samuel O’Reilly patented a tube and needle to provide an ink reservoir to the pen.

Today modern tattoo machines use electromagnets, but O’Reilly’s machine was based on the rotary technology of Edison’s device. Just twenty days later, Samuel O'Rilley patented the first machine based on this technology. O’Reilly filed the patent for his rotary machine in London.

The upgraded and modern version of the tattoo machine was also patented in London by Alfred Charles. He invented the modern two coil configuration tattoo machine.

There was a problem with the weight of the machine and that’s why a spring was often attached to the top of the machine in order to take most of the weight off the operator's hand.

Today’s modern tattoo machine has commissioned tattoo art to becoming a very precise art form and they have the features to control needle depth, speed and force of application.

Types of Machines

Liners and a shaders are two of the types of tattoo machines that exist today. There aren’t many differences between these two types and how they are built and the machines are pretty much dedicated to what their names imply. The liner having smaller coils and a more upright position. The liner is used to hold only liner needles. Liner needles are actually needle bars with only small amounts of needles attached into a tight group at the end of the needle bar. The machines are pretty much dedicated to what their names imply. The shader has larger coils and is made to be held a little more angled. The liner is used to hold only liner needles. Liner needles are actually needle bars with only small amounts of needles attached into a tight group at the end of the needle bar.


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