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National Tattoo Supply is an Official Distributor of
Alla Prima Inks and Arcane Pigments
Friday, November 1, 2013
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Friday, April 19, 2013
Traditional tattoo machines are driven by an electromagnetic coil, similar to the ones used in old electric doorbells. In fact, when the single coil machine was patented by Thomas Riley in 1891, he had built his first prototype using a doorbell assembly. The devices have gotten more and more sophisticated over time, but the technology behind it is still the same: a magnetic circuit moves the needle-bearing armature up and down. Coil machines are relatively inexpensive to produce and remain the most popular form of tattoo machine on the market.
Rotary tattoo machines, with a piston or cam driven by an electric motor instead of magnetic coils, did not come on the scene until almost one hundred years later. Their ability to address some of the shortcomings of coil tattoo machines, however, has led to their ever-increasing popularity.
- Precision – coil machines have a spring that absorbs shock as the artist works. This softer hit can be great for shading, but it also results in vibration as the at tattoo machine itself is hit by force that would otherwise be absorbed by the skin. Rotary tattoo machines, on the other hand, have a simple mechanical design and do not buzz and vibrate the way that coil machines do.
- Power – rotary tattoo machines are generally more hard-hitting than their coil cousins. Even artists that prefer coil devices will often turn to a rotary device when it comes time to shade.
- Versatility – coil tattoo machines are engineered to be excellent liners or shaders, but the same machine is rarely adequate for both jobs. With a rotary machine, the same device can tackle both tasks with a quick change of a cam and needle.
- Comfort – besides having less buzz and vibration than a coil machine, rotary machines are more lightweight. Without the bulk and heft typically associated with coil machines, the artist can work without straining his joints and compensating for his machine’s clumsiness.
Despite its growing use, the rotary tattoo machine still falls behind the coil machine in popularity. Some artists that have learned their trade with coil devices simply do not want to make the change, either preferring the softer hit for shading or not wanting to re-adjust to a new weight and feel. With new artists picking up rotaries as their first tattoo machines, and new models like the Dragonfly catching the eye of experienced artists, however, the gap is quickly closing.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Stigma Hyper V3 tattoo machine is one of our most popular machines. It’s a semi-rotary (hybrid) with a swash drive system and vertical motor, ergonomically designed to give a balanced feel in your hand. It’s available eight six colors—orange, red, blue, black, silver, pink, purple, or green—and fits all standard needles tubes and grips. This machine is also super lightweight, weighing in at only 4 ounces.
One of the reasons for its popularity is that the V3 is softest hitting rotary on the market, but is completely adjustable via a screw on top of the machine. Turning the screw clockwise will make the machine hit harder for lining, while turning it counter-clockwise will soften the hit so you can shade. It can be adjusted in about 5 seconds, so you adjust quickly and stay focused on your work. Another awesome feature is the needle bar stabilizing system that removes the need for replacing rubber bands.
In The Box
The Stigma Hyper V3 comes with the machine, a small bottle of synthetic super lube, and instructions on how to use the machine. We’d like to take a moment to stress that you should read all of the instructions, even if you are a very experienced tattoo artist. The instructions will outline how to lubricate the machine properly, care for the machine to ensure a long life, and use it safely to protect both you and your clients.
The Stigma Hyper V3 comes with both RCA and clipcord connections. Stigma recommends using an RCA for a solid connection, but either will work for your machine. This machine is polarity protected, but if for any reason you find that your connection isn’t working, you will have to reverse the polarity of the machine by inverting the two wires on the quarter inch end of your clipcord.
The V3 is compatible with any National Tattoo Power Supply. It’s important not to run this particular machine above 13 volts to protect the life of the motor.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Knowing how to properly set up and maintain tattoo machines is just as important for artists as artistic skill and experience. Keeping your machine's components clean and in good working condition lets you produce tattoos of good quality while staying hygienic.
When getting a new machine, it is advisable to tune it to your liking. Once it is running properly, you can leave the main setup untouched except for minor adjustments for different types of tattoo work.
Whether your machine is custom-made or purchased commercially, you should have a basic understanding of how a tattoo machine works. You should be able to take your machine apart and reassemble it as needed, so make sure that you have the correct tools on hand.
Always use the correct settings for the type of work you are doing. Do not tune a machine for shading or fill work and then use it for lining. This will not only result in an inferior tattoo, but can also damage the tubes and tips. Before and after every session, check parts of the machine prone to wear and tear, particularly the contact screw, spring assembly and tips to find out whether they need to be replaced.
For general cleaning, you can use a cloth to wipe off any dust or dirt that has accumulated on fully assembled tattoo machines. Grips, tubes and tips should be sterilized between every use. These are parts of the machine that come in close contact with the skin and they can be a risk for transmitting disease if they are not properly sterilized in an autoclave. Never expose the coils or other electric components to water.
Properly maintaining your tattoo machines makes them perform better and last longer, letting you get the most out of your machine.
To find a wide selection of tattoo equipment and supplies for your business, visit NationalTattoo.com.