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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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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, www.insideneedleknowledge.com, 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...

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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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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!