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Tattoo needle configurations guide

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 sesoned artist who is just venturing out of using a couple of different needle configurations, this is a frustrating statement.  How do we know how to use needles when we 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.

In the online course,, I further explain needles which help to grow your confidence, artistry, and techniques.  My goal in the course is to explain what the different needle types are and the intended purpose.  This is step one in understanding needles so that when you use them the "how to" will make more sense. 

 There is a big world of needle choices and it continues to grow. Don't limit yourself and get stuck in one needle choice or just one technique!

 At the end of the day, we can use a variety of needles for different effects and we need to understand them so we know how to use them. We could line, shade, or  pixel with all types of needles and the pattern effects will be different.  It's up to the artist to figure out what works best for their artistry and end goal.  

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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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!