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What needle should you use to colour tribal tattoos?
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.
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You will want to set up no less than 3 machines for a portrait, but 4 would be better. You will set up a liner with a 3RL needle, and this will be used VERY little. The downfa…ll to many portraits is the use of too many hard lines, thereby making it look like a cartoon and not a photograph. You will use this liner for details such as eyelashes, hair strands, pores, etc. Next, you will set up a shader with fairly long stroke with an 18RS and this will be used for the majority of the smaller areas of shading and you'll do a lot of your sculpting with it. Next, set up a shader with long stroke with around a 15CM - 25CM, and you will use this for the majority of the large areas of fill and I find that they work well for backgrounds as well. In addition to this set up, I often use a liner with a 7RL for highlights and other small things. When doing black and gray portraits, you build from dark to light, and with color you build from light, to dark, and then back into light. Always remember to have a background to contrast the subject which should be lighter and a bit blurrier than the subject of the piece, thereby making the contrast all the more significant and adds to the three dimensional quality to the piece. And always, always, ALWAYS remeber your light source. This can literally make or break a good portrait.
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.
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.
It is a matter of how large a area you are shading flats and large magnums are best for coloring large areas. A Round shader works well for smaller areas. The other problem wi…th flats is that if done improper they can work like a knife and slice the skin.
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 single needle is normally used for tattoo outlines.
if u dont know this then dont even pick up a tattoo gun but ohwell its ur body so %^&* it well you see the round needles are made foor outlining a tattoo ohhh and use outlinin…g ink not regular black ink and the needles that are more apart and not round are the shading needles ohh and use only shading black ink not regular black ink but with shading neeedles you can use any depending on the size of ur shading spot just look at the needles and you will see This is best left to the pro's, but i will try to explain it. As with the answer from above, this is only partly true. You can't use any sort of black ink to shade with, unless you really are that good. The best needles i have found to shade with are round shading needles or small flat needles. I hope this answers this for you. Seriously, I'm no tattoo artist to tell you that that this is one of the many things you have to find out on your own. Learning to tattoo is about watching, looking at fine details, finding out information online...many other things. The best would be for a professional tattoo artist to do it for you. You will pay but at least you know it will be right. Laser tattoo removal is even more painful and expensive. Try to find an apprenticeship at a local shop, start getting together a portfolio with drawings of all kinds of medians and what ever other art you do, if it's too big, take a picture of it. I have practiced on my self. The first was a bummer, lucky it wasn't so horrible that I could fix it later on. But if you must know...A round shader or RS is for shading tight spots where a flat shader can't go in. A flat shader is good but if your going to do a big tattoo then you move to the magnums. There are magnum 1's and 2's (M1, M2) These come in a variety of sizes the biggest being 15 (I think). Size depends on the number which depends on the groupings of the needles. Tighter the groupings the more solid the line. The wider the more shaded effect. Try to order one of each so you can see and learn the difference between them. There are sites that can sell you about 40 with you being able to tell them which ones you need. I've managed to learn on my own watching friends mess up and do good, lots of youtube videos....LOTS....(You can't trust one), I have practiced on myself, husband, and another guinea pig who is well aware that I am not a professional but I do take seriously pathogens and sanitation, New Needles every time with disposable grips! If your interested don't ask and look it up for yourself. I really trying for an apprenticeship, but where I live there are only about 3 shops 5 to 15 mins away and 2 more about 35-40 mins away. And people are fighting over them! If you live in a city, your LUCKY! But be super careful...blood isn't a game and serious health issues can arise from improper handling and disposing of bio hazards!!!!
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.
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 .......
13RM, 15RM neddles suit for my works, esp for smooth and even greys. must me low curved config magnums, like fan brush, but lower curve. For better result, Soft Edge Magnu…ms are better and little more expensive than regular needles. just forget about regular magnums, these are harder to archive smooth and large areas of black or grey tones.
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.
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.
That depends on the type of coloring, the type of needle and the size of the area being tattooed. However; I think a curved magnum, probably in 07 or 09 would give nice, s…oft but well packed coloring in most areas.