Coil Tattoo Machines
Few decisions are as important for tattoo artists as choosing the right tattoo machine. The right equipment is necessary for creating quality tattoos so you can build your reputation as a great tattoo artist. Machines come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so it’s important to choose one that’s comfortable to hold and move for several hours a day. These factors will help you avoid making mistakes while reducing arm and hand soreness.
Tattoo artists also need to consider the brand and quality of tattoo machine. Quality machines are made of brass, copper, and iron. Never place price above quality. If you use an inferior machine that breaks, you risk hurting your customer or leaving behind permanent damage. Artists also need to consider the type of work they’ll be doing for customers. Good tattoo artists use different machines with different settings to handle lining and shading separately.
So what tattoo machines are available to artists? Machines are divided into two categories: rotary and coil. Coil machines are what people think of when going to a tattoo shop. They rely on an electromagnetic current that moves the armature bar up and down like a hammer. Rotary machines use motors to move the needle in a much smoother fashion. While different coil machines are needed for lining and shading, one rotary machine can be used for both. Coil machines are heavier than rotary machines and louder due to the buzzing noise made by the hammer-like motion of the armature.
Responsible tattoo artists also have spare parts available for their machine. Never use needles more than once. Spare armature bars, binding screws, and coils should be available to avoid bringing your session to a halt. Also don’t forget about smaller parts including contact and binding screws, springs, and washers.