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Things You Need To Know Before Buying Your First Tattoo Machine

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What makes a great tattoo aside from the design, colour and size? No matter how great the design looks, if it's done by someone who don't have proper experience and right equipment it won't give justice to the design. As a tattoo artist, you have to invest on your Tattoo Machine. If you're planning on buying your first tattoo machine here are some guidelines that may help you decide and choose the perfect tattoo machine for you.

The tattoo machine may be the most expensive thing you buy when you start your career as a tattoo artist, but this is the most important tool. Some start with two different machines, one for outlining, and another one for shading. When choosing a tattoo machine, it's best to ask more experienced tattoo artists, and read reviews about different tattoo machine brands. The most important thing to consider is the quality of the tattoo machine. Choose tattoo machines that are made of copper, iron, or brass. It might be a bit pricey, but in the long run, you'll realise that you've made the right decision.

Aside from the tattoo machine, you also need to buy tattoo needles. There are different kinds of tattoo needles. Small needles are used to create thin outlines, small tattoos, and details. Large needles are for bold outlines and shading. 

You also need to complete the parts of your tattoo machine. You need the power supply, clip cord, and the footswitch. These parts can be bought separately or as a whole kit. It's important to buy extra parts, so you have back up when needed.The tattoo machine must be compatible with the power supply, so check the specs of the machine to make sure it is compatible with the power supply. It is important that every part and equipment work perfectly together.

Other items you need to buy are grommets, O-rings, barrier bags, and rubber bands. You also need to buy plastic tubes, decide whether to buy the disposable kind or the reusable ones.

You can find these items on different tattoo supply shops. To avoid the hassle, look for tattoo shops that have an online store. Look for online tattoo supplies shop and research the pricing, read reviews, and send them questions you want to ask.

I'm pretty sure you have an idea on how a tattoo machine works. But just to be sure, research and try to look for manuals online before purchasing a tattoo machine. That way, you'll have an idea on which one is best for you. Search for guides on how to clean and maintain the tattoo machine.

Gearing up for the career you chose can be very overwhelming, with a tons of articles online you can never be too sure which ones are true and which ones are just part of a marketing ploy.

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  • Matthew Nelson