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A Beginner’s Guide to Setting Up Tattoo Machines

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Jade Encore

Learning how to put tattoo machines together is critical when you start the apprenticeship, or in other words, when you start inking human skin.

Tattoo machines may look like some complex tool, but thankfully, it is easy to set them once you are aware of the basics. The following write-up provides all the necessary steps. Please check them out right now.

The artists who want to buy tattoo cartridgesand assemble them should first sanitize their hands thoroughly. Wash with an antibacterial cleanser and wear medical grade gloves later. Not doing so can force the bacteria to infect the client’s skin.

Assemble Tube

The tube has three components – tip, barrel, and stem. Insert the stem into the top of the barrel. Use the proper Allen key for fastening the screw. Catch hold of the top and insert it into the opening beneath the barrel and then fasten using the Allen key.

Install Nipple

The nipple could be defined as a tiny component that holds the eye of the needles in appropriate place. Now gently install the nipple into the armature bar. There are several nipples readily available – some are softer than the others and offer a seamless hit.

If one uses a grommet, they must insert it inside the eye of the needle. It is a little challenging to implement but it can successfully secure the needles tightly to armature bars, much better than nipples.

Insert Needle

Grab the needle and cautiously remove it from its disposable package. Pull it out gentle, hold the eye and not the tip only.

Before inserting the needle inside the tube, a good trick is to bend it in the upward direction gently, just enough so it is not fully straight. This will compensate for the bend caused by elastic bands.

When the needle seems ready, insert it carefully inside the tube. The configuration of the needle must face the right way. The artist must hold the barrel so that it faces away from him/her. Find the central position and drop needle through it. Remember needles are easily damageable.

Glide Tube

Glide the topmost portion of the tube inside the machine. Make the fastener tight when you are halfway. Do not go higher because it will be difficult to attach the eye of the needle to the nipple. After securing the needle, you can easily fine-tune the length.

Attach Needle

Pull the needle up and attach it to the tip of the armature bar’s nipple. Now regulate the depth. Loosen the vise and then escalate or lower the whole tube until you have the proper length. Keep the length at 2mm. Anything more than that may cause bleeding.

To use the machine, you must have a power supply. They vary in specifications and voltages. When you got the power supply, ensure to attach clip cords and invest in a footswitch too.

Putting tattoo machines is a reasonably simple procedure as long you know the fundamental components besides what goes in where.

Always remember, when assembling a tattoo machine, you should never dull the needles. The depth must be correct and you must secure them properly with high-quality elastic bands.


Jade Encore

Loves to write and share knowledge with the world. Specialized in technology, business, start-up, and arts.

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