What would you like to do?
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.
7 or 9 magnum or a 14 round for heavy filling such as tribal .......
depending on the size i would just use a 7RS big the shading area the larger i would use the 9RS or Flat Shader
I prefer to use a 7 RL but on Ocasions i do use a 9RL
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.
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.
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.
For tribal you want to pack a lot of black in the skin without having to go over and over the area of fill, so a lot of it is pretty basic when you break it down. There is an …inherit conflicting practicality when it comes down to learning what grouping is appropriate for what kind of tattoo and how to not induce needless trauma to the skin, and also what shading techniques work best where and why. So, it would all depend the size of the piece really. The whole thing could be done in Round Shaders of smaller grouping, or if it's of a bigger size, then a combination of a good sized Mag needle in addition to at least one machine set up for a Round Shader for the edging and points, but two would be more practical usually.
I say a 3 liner followed by a 5to 9 round shader works well for me
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
In order to get examples of tribal tattoo designs, one can search in Google and look at the images provided. Also, another great place to find tribal tattoo designs is on Tri…bal Shapes' website. They offer free artwork to take to your tattoo artist.
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.