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What is the best needle to use for tattooing a large tribal design?
I assume you're referring to a 5 Magnum needle configuration. 5 Mag's are used for shading and coloring or "filling in". It is a very versatile configuration that also allows …a lining ability it the machine is held at the proper angle. Basically, the configuration is 3 needles across the bottom and two needles stacked on top of those. We use them all of the time at our shop and they work well but will take some practice for someone new to the technique. Color with a small circular pattern to fill in areas.
depending on the size i would just use a 7RS big the shading area the larger i would use the 9RS or Flat Shader
for tribal tattoos you should use a nice defined line for outline with say at least a 5RL or you can use a 7RL and then fill in your black with a 9 mag. 14 mag needles are goo…d for big areas (i speak of magnum needles because i do not prefer flat needles, however if you use flats you can use this same advice). the bigger the area the bigger the grouping of needles you can use. but you must know how to use bigger groupings of needles and have the tips for them plus know the voltage to use on them. personally i use "#10 9mag bugpins". they are wide spread groupings and smaller diameter needles which for me pack black and color very well. shade in your tribal with paint brush strokes for shade and tight circles and cross strokes for filling in black, but never overwork the tattooed area. and if your pigments arent packing into the skin then something is wrong. get new pigments then after youre done run your liner back over between the line work you did and the black filled area to complete the piece and merge the line properly to the black. beginners often forget this and leave skin color gaps around the line work of the tattoo.
Yes, you actually do the pricking with the needle and then you use ink to smear over it. But it won't last like a true tattoo would. Go to a professional to do it! Don't do it… yourself. You're only looking at disaster! True, but I got a tattoo in jail and used a sharpened staple. Used soot and shampoo as ink and still there 4 yrs later. But best to let a professional do it. please don't as they aren't sterile and your tattoo may get infected (best case scenario)
A 7 weaved magnum and a 9 mag work best for me.Also although more painful,a 6 flat works pretty good as well.Try these three and see what best suits ur style
This is totally dependent on the size of the piece that you are doing, the bigger the piece, the bigger the needle set. Typically, I like to fill tribal with a round shader as… opposed to a mag. In my opinion you get a tighter grouping without having to really work at it, and for the most part, I hit the edges usually with a 15RS, and then will switch over to a 25RS for the middle fill. Most artists, including myself, will have a machine set up solely for tribal. Having a machine set up for a nice long stroke will give you the optimal results for tribal rather than trying to do it with a typical machine set up for general shade.
If your doing a full color tattoo, meaning just one shade i usually use a round shader, if you want to do transaction from light to dark i use a flat mag. Sizes all depends on… what your comfortable with, for a large piece or tribal i use a 25rmag and a 5rs for tighter space. for the tip i use the same liner to fill in. but just try and see what works best for you. This is my advice I have 6 years of experience currently working as a tattoo artist. Some artist will agree or disagree with my advice.
A single needle is normally used for tattoo outlines.
I say a 3 liner followed by a 5to 9 round shader works well for me
You can use many types of needles for colouring a tattoo, just depends on the layout and space you have to work with and the effect you are going for. If its a tribal piece yo…u may use a round 5, 7 or larger shader depending on the size of the stripes etc. Small circles done with a round shader will give good coverage. For shading areas use a magnum needle instead of a flat needle to avoid slicing the skin if you are not used to doing tattoos on people. Practice on synthetic skin and pigskin to get the gist well ?BEFORE you even consider scratching a person. Follow hygiene practices and research and or get an apprenticeship.
It all depends what sized area you are coloring. Think of needles like paint brushes, different sizes do different things. Use this rationale to save you and your prospective …client a lot of time and frustration. This will also help you not do trauma to the skin, for if you try to color an area that needs a mag with a round shader, you will undoubtedly be chewing the skin up and making some nice hamburger.
That would all depend on the size and the intricacy of what you are doing.
Of course you can!But why even take a chance as cheap as they are get some new ones.
7 or 9 magnum or a 14 round for heavy filling such as tribal .......
It's all a matter of opinion, but for more traditional tattoos, you will want to use a thick line which means that you will want to use nothing smaller than a 7RL. Having a sm…aller outlining needle is not really needed since there is very little emphasis on varying line value with these kinds of tattoos. For fill, you want to use judge that more so based on the size of the piece that you are doing. Once again with these tattoos, there is not a lot of emphasis on saturation of great blending, so for the more "traditional" look, a small to mid-range mag needle is the most used.
That all depends what you are trying to do. A lot of basic tattoos will have the line work done first and then the fill (obviously). So, you would first start with a liner nee…dle and then switch to either a Rounded Shader or a Mag Shader depending on what you are doing. In the case of portrait tattoos, the same rules apply to a degree, but portrait tattoos, when done well, will have VERY little linework in them. For the most part with tattoos, you will build it up gradually with a Mag or a Round Shader needle, and ONLY use a Liner where you need very precise detail, such as; eyelashes, pupils, strands of hair, etc. If you use too many hard lines in a portrait, the painterly approach to them will be lost and it will then start to look too much like a cartoon.