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How speed can affect your tattooed lines

Uncategorized May 16, 2020

When we tattoo hair strokes or are doing lining, sometimes our results aren't as expected, but why? One reason is our speed.

Inconsistent Speed- Basically what's happening is that  the hand is moving slow and fast resulting in an inconsistent line with some areas receiving more or less pigment than others. The line will look "skippy". Usually slowing down hand speed will help achieve a solid line.

Inconsistent Depth- Factors such as needle throw, machine stroke, skin type and pressure all come into play.  Feeling the needle vibration in  the skin with the stretching hand helps control the needle depth. Inconsistent depth and pressure results in lines that may appear thicker and blurred when the needle is too deep or the opposite is not enough pressure which results in  a thinner line that is too surface and won't last after healing. 

Consistent Speed and Depth- The harmony of hand and machine speed and proper depth result in consistent...

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Textured Tattoo Needles

Uncategorized Mar 28, 2020
 

Textured needles are nothing new to the tattoo and PMU industries! PMU artists are now being marketed to in several ways, and the textured tattoo needle options are resurfacing from several years ago.  It's an artist choice, some swear by them others say they cause too much skin trauma.

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Tattoo needle configurations guide

The below guide is one of the several downloads from the course and is a suggestion on tattoo needle types and the usages.

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PMU Artist & Needle Specialist
Inside Needle Knowledge

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 DRAG AND DROP THE NEEDLE GUIDE TO YOUR DESKTOP

 Have you heard of the saying, "it doesn't matter what needle you choose, just as long as you know how to use it." If you're a new PMU artist or  a seasoned artist who is just venturing out of using a couple of different needle configurations, this is a frustrating statement.  How do you know how to use needles when you never were taught needle theory in basic fundamental training?  Today, there is a big need for needle theory. How to use needles makes much more sense when we understand the basics of what we are using and why we are using it. Needles our important as they dictate the footprint left behind in the skin.

In the online course,...

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The Single Needle Pixel Effect

 

Can you believe all the single needle sizes available in today's PMU market?  

The single needle used during the "fine line" era of traditional tattooing for entire tattoos, has been primarily used in PMU for pointillism,  hair strokes and a shaded effect known as "the pixel technique." Although most needles could be used to do the pixel technique, this video and article is mainly about the single needle sizes used to pixel and when you may choose one size over the other. 

Using a single needle or group of needles, the pixel technique is a combination of machine speed and hand speed that creates a dot like pattern in the skin. The slower the hand speed the closer the dots and the faster the hand speed the further the dots are apart. With the pixel technique, there is skin space between pixels and this lends to a soft look similar to powder.

With so many different sizes and tapers of single needles available, which sizes are optimal for pixelating?  ...

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Liner-Shader Guide

 

As PMU artists we have a lot of needle choices.  I use to think I could only use liners for lining and shaders for shading.  I realized I can use any needle, just as long as I know how to use it.  Of course, some needles are better "tools" for the procedure at hand, but I've learned not to limit myself in my needle choices just because they are called a liner or shader.

Knowing how to use a variety of needles with several techniques saves time during procedures as you don't always need to switch needles or have two machine setups. More importantly, is the artistry that develops in understanding our needle patterns or "footprint"  from both liners and shaders and using them interchangeably.  

Since liner needles (more than a single needle) are typically closer together than shader needles, the pattern/imprint of color is denser. You may come across situations where you want to shade with liners or use a shader needle, with it's broader pattern...

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Tattoo Needle Sizes and Tapers

 

With so many needle choices today it can be a bit confusing. Starting with the basics, the video explains all about our needle size systems and tapers.

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Powder Brows make a comeback as Ombre Brows

Imagine how pleased I was to see in the latest on-line edition of Skin Ink that the Ombre eyebrow technique received a lot of praise and attention.  My admiration for the Blended Brow™ (a version of the Ombre or combo brow) did not happen overnight.  I am an entrepreneur; I create and I remain current in my profession.  I too, as many have, admired the immediately after appearance of the hairstroke, microblading, embroidery brows, or whatever marketing names were used, but I know the skin, and I know needles, and I know how pigments/inks behave in the skin over time. I, and other PMU artists, already anticipated what the hair strokes (and all associated marketing names used for lines in the brows that mimicked the appearance of eyebrow hairs) would not remain crisp, have the expected longevity, and that clients would ultimately request more brow coverage that would last longer. 

Based on my client’s input, regardless of how attractive the...

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Tattoo Cartridge Needles, to membrane or not?

 

A lot of PMU and Tattoo artists use a pen-style tattoo machine today and needle cartridges should have membranes when used with these machines to prevent backflow into the machines and cross-contamination. 

A cartridge may look like it has a membrane but there are a couple of tests to be sure!  The easiest test is to use water or ink to test the membrane for leakage. (see video).  The other way is to actually blow on the back end of a needle cartridge. If you hear air, there can be a possibility of backflow into your machine.  DONT USE TEST  NEEDLES ON CLIENTS!

Why would manufacturers even make needles without a cartridge? Keep in mind that some tattoo machines have a separate grip from the motor. So, in that case, you could use any needle as it's not leaking back into the machine.....  if it leaks, it's only into the disposable or autoclavable grip.

 

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Non Pen-Style tattoo machines can use any needle cartridge as there is not backflow into...
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Inside Needle Knowledge coming to The Queen City Tattoo & Arts Festival!

 

Can't wait to see you in person at the Queen City Tattoo & Arts Festival in North Carolina for a power-packed needle class.  In addition to the class, all I.N.K. attendees receive special access to the online needle course for review. 

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Tattoo Needle Class

 

 “I almost missed this class thinking I knew enough about needlesWrong.” 

 Investing in your knowledge and skills is paramount to satisfying clients and attracting more. The I.N.K. Masterclass is designed to get you there – no need to rely on guesswork, be confident in your needle choices. Take the course at your own pace and repeat as many times as you need to.

 Take this opportunity now and make your PMU world a huge success and know your needles!

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PMU Artist & Needle Specialist
Inside Needle Knowledge, I.N.K.

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PMU
Liner Shader Guide

This chart helps you pay attention to your hand speed, machine speed, and hand movements when using liners for a liner effect and shaders for a shaded effect.

It also shows how you can use:

  • Liners for a shaded effect 
  • Shaders for a liner effect

A great go-to chart is just the beginning!