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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 good 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.
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I prefer to use a 7 RL but on Ocasions i do use a 9RL
Use anywhere from a 3-7RL, and then switch up to a large mag. Also, make sure that the machine that's packing it is set up for a nice long stroke.
Flat needles are used for shading. flats are like razor blades , dont used them use a use a woven mag
Yes. How else would they get pigment below your skin? They use needles, such as this 100 round premanufactured one. http://www.painfulpleasures.com/xcart/customer/product.php?…productid=3707&cat=268&page=1
Flat? Do you mean in a row or staggered (mag)? I don't use actual flats but mags are best for gray shading and blending color, lose rounds are good for uniform flat color.
Of course you can!But why even take a chance as cheap as they are get some new ones.
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.
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.
A single needle is normally used for tattoo outlines.
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.
Between a 6 and 15 is usually ideal for coloring in a tattoo depending on the artist's preference. Another factor when choosing the right sized needle is the shape, choosing a… round or flat mag will also determine the needed size and the comfort level for the artist.
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.