Rotary Liners, Shaders and Cartridge Machines

Original Post: July, 20th, 2017 My previous posts have been describing the stroke characteristics of liners and shaders. Liners and shaders both have distinctly different ideal stroke characteristics to make them best suited for the job they are intended to do. With the liner being tuned to be snappy, strong but still respond to the skin and the shader being powerful, still responsive while having a stroke that eases in to the skin and slows down just a touch before the backstroke. As far back as the beginning of modern electric tattooing tattooers have used two different tools for lining...

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Rotary Tattoo Machines

Original Post: March 1st, 2017 The following is a conversation I had with an artist via e-mail where we discussed many of the questions that I'm frequently asked. i asked for permission to post it here to be resource for others looking for the same answers. Please enjoy! Hello joshuaIm a tattoo artist in France, I’ve been tattooing for 5 years andI've always worked with coils. I've only tried a rotary neotat and a Hawk Thunder machines for a time but I dont like it, the machines dont have force to penetrate solid ,i miss the slap of coils.I read...

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Rotary Tattoo Machine Stroke Characteristics

Original Post: February 20, 2017 I've been asked countless times what the stroke length is on my machines, if I can do custom strokes for someone who currently uses a 3.5mm and loves it and ultimately, why I don't do custom stroke lengths on my machines. In short, the stroke length on my machines are right about 4.5mm, I don't manipulate this because it is directly responsible for the tune and stroke characteristics that I've designed into my machines. Let me explain.  Many people are mistaken that a shorter cam offset on a rotary makes for a faster machine. For example...

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