Tattoo Machines - How to Choose?

The complete purchase of tattoo machine is the first and most important way to make your tattoo process effective. If you want to test your skills as a tattoo artist you need to understand the difference between the types of tattoo machines. The most popular are coil and rotary tattoo machines, so you should note that they operate by two different ways to achieve the same result. They provide the proper moving of tattoo needles in and out of skin to apply ink into the dermis with each insertion. Moreover, the weight of tattoo machines is different, they are also vary in principle of operation, mechanism and even the sound during the tattoo process.

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A coil tattoo machine is the most preferred in use for tattooing that day. Traditionally, the principle of operation of coil tattoo machine is based on electromagnetic current passed through a pair of coils to trigger a draw and release of the machine's armature bar. The release of the springs provides a hammer-like effect by causing the armature bar to essentially tap the attached tattoo needles into the skin.

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The variations of coil tattoo machines are impressive. You can find a tattoo machine with single coils, there are double coils at the same time, triple coils are also as an option. A lot of different combinations exist, but the standard type of tattoo machines is still a double coil tattoo machine. Despite of standards coil tattoo machines may also vary by the type of work you’ll choose: lining, shading or filling. But the specificity of coil tattoo machines is inside the inability to do both - drawing lines and shading. So that’s why most artists prefer to work with two coil machines.

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As for rotary tattoo machines, their way of work is based on moving needles up and down by using a small DC motor which encased in a hard outer layer. The main advantages of rotary machines are the weight, versatility and noise, so that’s why many tattoo artists prefer to use them in everyday work. These machines are incredibly simple but their popularity came only in the last couple of years. That’s why now we can see the diversity of tattoo machine’s types that available today. The main types are the Armature Bar Guided, Direct Drive, Swashdrive and Linear Action.

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Unlike coil tattoo machines, rotary machines can be used as a liner and a shader at the same time, it only depends on the type of needle bar you decide on. So a tattoo artist can successfully complete an entire tattoo, no matter how laborious the design, using only one tattoo machine. Rotary machines offer some huge advantages over coil tattoo machines even though the most professional tattoo artists prefer to use the second because their costliness and availability. A rotary machines are becoming more popular with a growing number of tattoo artists now.

Summarizing, the best and only right way to find your perfect tattoo machine is to try them all. Finding the unimprovable one is a most important step in a personal growth as a tattoo artist.