Tattoo Training

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Basics of Tattoo Training

Tattoo, When this particular word comes in anyone's mind, various thoughts start popping. Because of the high popularity of Tattoos and the great potential in income, a huge number of people want to become a tattoo artist these days. Most of them make the clear rookie mistake of buying a Tattoo learning kit and practicing it on their friends. This is plain dangerous. The art of Tattooing is much more than just ordering a tattoo kit through a tattoo magazine, or website, or even your friends allowing you to start experimental tattoos on them. Tattooing is an ancient art form, with a set of rules that must be understood & completely followed if you want to be a successful tattoo artist. If you are really serious and determined to become a tattoo artist, what you first and foremostly need is to have patience. Learning the art of tattooing will require long time persistence & perseverance so, be prepared.

  • The first and the main important thing you must have is the raw talent. For someone who can’t draw or can’t color inside the lines, Tattooing is going to be a really tough task. This kind of candidate will be really difficult to teach. Learning how to become a tattoo artist isn't easy. And it isn't for everyone. If you don't have some raw artistic talent, then it probably isn't the job for you. But if you're artistic side is one of your strongest, then you just might have what it takes.
  • The next important aspect is to sharpen your raw talent and build it into a skill. This kind of skill development can come from opting to take fine art classes, working with an artist, learning techniques from books, or all of the above. On top of that, you need to practice, practice, & practice. This enables you to have an understanding of form and colour technology. The positive side is that tattooing is an art that can be learned without formal training , and contrary to popular opinion, there are still a few tattooing artists out there who are willing to take on an apprentice and teach an eager student how to become a tattoo artist. Once you're a competent artist on paper, you'll need to build a portfolio. A portfolio is a case or binder containing examples of your art, to show your different skills.
  • The next major thing is to look out for the best apprenticeship. What you really need now is that right person who can guide you on how to go about tattooing and sketching and inking. An apprentice is someone who learns a skill from someone else already skilled in the job. Get started once you're with a master from whom you can truly learn and not just someone offering apprenticeships to make money. Max is the best person to go out for as his aim is NOT to make money but to spread the talent and inspire the new talent in the field of Tattooing.
  • Once you are an apprentice, you will learn many skills from your teacher Max, most of which have nothing to do with actual drawing. You will learn how to safely clean your equipment, how to operate a tattoo machine, how to adjust your power supply, how to protect yourself and your clients from any sort of disease, and last but certainly not the least - how to correctly apply a tattoo. This can take many months or even years to learn completely. During your time as an apprentice with Max, you will continue to practice and work on your own drawing skills. You are not limited to only gaining knowledge from him - you may also have the opportunity to spend time learning from other artists as well. Getting tattooed is a good way to watch and learn the techniques of other master tattoo artists.
  • No matter how long you apprentice or how long you tattoo, you never know it all. There is always more to learn, new techniques to adopt, new ways to enhance what has already been done. Never be satisfied with mediocrity, and never allow yourself to become egotistical. Humility and Passion towards your skill will surely take you places.

Tattoo Machines and Equipments for body art

Tattoo Machines
Modern tattoo machines use electromagnetic coils to move an armature bar up and down. Connected to the armature bar is a barred needle grouping that pushes ink into the skin. Tattoo artists generally use the term "machine", or even "iron", to refer to their equipment. In addition to "coiled" tattoo machine there are also Rotary Tattoo Machines, which are powered by regulated motors rather than electromagnetic coils.

The basic electrical principle of electromagnetism, discovered in 1819 by the Danish inventor Oersted, has been used in all tattoo machine patents and in most practical applications of tattoo machines. Tattoo machines are a very personalized tool. No two are the same.

There are different types of tattoo machine these days used for different purposes Rotary Tattoo Machine:Rotary tattoo machines use an electric motor that physically drives the needle up and down where a standard two coil machines use magnetism to move the needles. Some advantages a rotary style machine may have over traditional machines are that they often weigh less than standard machines. Because a rotary uses a single motor instead of two coils, and an armature bar assembly, they can weigh as little as half as much as a standard stamped steel frame coil machine.

Rotaries are very simple; with no springs contact posts or armature bars to vibrate loose, weaken or wear out. Because of the rotary action, they are basically free from vibration and run virtually silent. There are No clip cords. Rotary machines use RCA jack inputs to power them, making them easier to plug in and manipulate. Rotary machines run efficiently on the same voltage (about 5.75v to 7v) as a standard coil machine, there is no need to buy another power supply. Rotary Machines also use the same needles and tube combinations as a standard machine and can be used to line or shade a tattoo. Rotary machines are a matter of preference. You’ll never know if one is right for you until you try one and decide for yourself.
Coil Tattoo Machine
Coil tattoo machines are the most commonly seen and used. These machines use an electromagnetic circuit to move the needle grouping. There are many variations, from single-coiled machines to triple-coiled machines. They can be made from many different materials and in many different sizes and shapes. Dual-coiled machines are considered to be standard. The coils generally range from 8 to 10 wrap. The coils create the impedance, or resistance, used to properly regulate the machine's speed and power. This causes less trauma to the skin.

These machines are basically used for two main purposes:
  • Liner tattoo machine: The purpose of a liner machine is to lay the ink in the skin in one single pass to create a dominant line. It uses a short contact circuit (about 1.5mm−2mm), which causes the machine to cycle faster.
  • Shader tattoo machine: The shader machine is commonly used to shade black or variants of black ink. Also, colors other than black are used in this type of machine. The saturation level of this machine is low. It uses a bigger contact gap than a liner (about 2mm−3.5mm) to make it cycle slightly slower. This machine is also used for sculpting lines. Some artists will use this type of machine for all lines as it allows the lines to be retraced with less trauma to the skin.
Tattoo Needles
Savor every style moment. If style has always rated high for you, go for Ink Inn tattoos. Prove the distinctiveness in you and let your style do the talking today. If you are a voracious tattoo lover and have always been fascinated by tattoos, here is some interesting information about tattoo needles. The diameter of tattoo needle types can be found by looking at the first two numbers of the packaging. If you look at your pre-made needle packaging, you will notice it will say something like 1207RL. The two numbers, 12, indicate the diameter.

The count indicates the number of needles grouped together at the point of the bar. In the example we used earlier, a 1207RL needle, 12 is the diameter, 7 indicates the count. So a 1207RL needle will have 7 needles soldered to the tip of the bar. The configuration determines the shape or pattern of how the ink will go into the skin. So in the example of 1207RL, where 12 is the diameter, 7 is the count, RL, indicates the configuration.
How to use Tattoo Needles
Rounds are quite straight forward. The larger the area of coverage, the larger count needle you would use. Pigment dispersal using a magnum is smoother than rounds. A good comparison would be a round liner is a pen while a magnum is a magic marker. Proper use of a magnum takes a bit of practice. Color in a circular motion. A magnum, being wider, will cover more area faster than a conventional round.
Tips, Tubes and Grips
The parts of a tattoo machine are the frame with attached pieces, the tubes which can be removed for sterilization for each tattoo, and the needles that are inserted into the tubes and stick out the tubes opening at the end. The tubes also have a hand grip on them, which is where the tattoo artist holds the tattoo machine. These tubes are almost always stainless steel, with the hand grips the same, or a hard plastic. These tubes do not actually touch the customer’s skin, but ink and blood do come in contact with them, which is why they can be released from the rest of the machine and autoclaved. The tubes can come in many different sizes in relation to the tip where the needles are held being very small to extremely large. The tube end that connects to the tattoo machine is always the same size so that they are interchangeable.

There are basically two types of tips, tubes and grips:
  • Re-usable: these are basically made of steel and can be used for many times after cleaning and sterilizing it.
  • Disposable: these are usually made of plastic and rubber and for one-time use only.
On the side of steel
On the side of steel, there is sturdiness, stiffness and re-usability, provided they are properly cleaned and sterilized, plus the ability to change out any worn parts or change grip size. Some artists feel that the weight of steel tubes helps to balance out the weight of the tattoo machine and provides the artist with a better view of the needles at the tip of the tube. The negative side of steel tubes starts with their need to be appropriately cleaned and sterilized, which, in most tattoo shops, can be one of the dirtiest and most dangerous jobs we encounter. Already laden with biohazardous fluids, there are chemicals in cleaning solutions that can be harmful to one’s health.
Pros to using pre-sterilized disposable tubes
Pros to using pre-sterilized disposable tubes include the lack of added weight and fatigue on your hand and the ability to discard the used tube when you are finished, potentially eliminating the need for ultrasonics, autoclaves and even a sterilization area all together.
The cons to using disposable tubes
The cons to using disposable tubes include inconsistent manufacturing such as bad tips where extra plastic can block the hole or tube stems that don’t fit into the tattoo machine or are weak and flex with the weight of the machine. Some artists feel that the vibration of the machine is increased by the use of plastic tubes. The tips on some disposables can be awkward or thick, making it more difficult to see exactly where the needle is in relation to the skin. There is also the issue of potential harm to the ecosystem, due to the added plastic waste in landfills, from all the discarded tubes, but, with proper disinfection, they can be recycled along with other plastics.
Differences in Tattoo ink
There are many high quality and low quality inks that are being used by tattoo artists. Good quality inks would not contain toxic materials that can cause allergies. Also, tattoos made with good quality inks are long lasting and have a better appeal. In short, good quality inks are safe and cause no harm to the body. Tattoo inks might be alcohol or water based.
Types and Methods of Tattooing
Professional tattoo artists are restricted to FDA-regulated inks, so you do not have to worry about your safety when you are getting tattooed. Most tattoo inks are made of carbon-based pigments. They are regulated by the FDA and they are colored using a variety of natural and manmade components that make the colors stay in one place under the skin and, to the extent possible, prevent fading, running and blurring over time. Carbon based tattoo inks are generally used for artistic tattoos and they create beautiful and outstanding tattoo designs like butterfly tattoos and other lifelike images. If you are considering cosmetic tattooing, such as permanent lipstick, eyeliner or blush, then your tattoo artist who may also be a cosmetic surgeon will likely use an inorganic dye based in compounds like titanium dioxide or iron oxide. Finally, there are completely unconventional tattoo dyes, such as those used in prison tattoos. These can be made of anything from ashes or clay, such as indigenous tribes have been using for thousands of years.
Power supplies and variety
There are a ton of power supplies that you can use to tattoo. Each popular brand and non-popular brands offer the same thing, a controlled flow of electricity from their product to your tattoo machine. This enables the person to tattoo at a much speedier rate than trying it by hand. The one thing to know about your power supply is that it really works like the rest of the others on the market. In order for your power supply to run, you need a source of power yourself, outside of that, they all work similarly just with different physical features. Some power supplies do not display the volts that are being outputted. If you have a power supply that does not have a digital output and simply a dial with numbers, don't worry you will need to make sure that your machine is tuned correctly mechanically, dime's width gap, clip cord connected snugly in its appropriate slots, a needle inserted correctly into tattoo tube. Those factors will make a huge difference in performance of your tattoo machine if these steps are not done correctly.
Clip Cord
Clip Cord is a wire that connects the machine from the power supply.
Foot Paddle
Foot Paddle is a device connected to power supply and it controls the machine. Traditionally if you press the foot paddle it will run the machine. If you stop pushing the machine will stop. It works as a control Mechanism while tattooing.