A tattoo machine is generally a hand-held machine used to produce a fine line tattoo, a temporary tattoo of the upper skin with permanent ink. Modern tattoo machines employ electromagnetic coils to move up and down a sleeve-like armature Barbed wire along the armature creates a uniform tattoo pattern on the upper skin. The tattoo machine operator controls the speed and direction of the tattoo gun. To produce a larger tattoo, more tattoo machines are available. These machines are usually used in professional studios or in salons where a large number of customers are involved.
Tattoo machines have many parts and components including: guns (a tumbler that holds and delivers tattoo ink), drum (which holds the ink temporarily in a temporary tattoo gun), armature (which holds the tattoo coil in place), sleeve (a piece of plastic or cloth that is placed over the tattoo machine) and ink reservoir. The ink reservoir is where the ink is stored while the gun is in use, and the drum is used to transfer the ink to the sleeve. Temporary tattoo guns are used in salons to decorate clients. If the tattoo machine gets jammed, the artist can restart the process until everything is ready again.
Today, tattoo machines have changed tremendously. Originally, there were two types of tattoo machines – rotary and automated. Rotary machines were expensive because they had to be assembled manually, which limited tattoo artists because they had to devote one or two hours out of every day to working on their machines. Automated tattoo machines eliminated the need for manual assembly and were much cheaper to operate.
There are three basic types of rotary tattoo machine, the rotary gear-driven, screw-driven, and the screw driven. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. A rotary machine can move quickly from side to side and can create intricate designs and patterns. However, because it is powered by a motor, it can be noisy and can create spatter. It can also easily damage stencils and the needles.
The most popular rotary type tattoo machine in use today is the electromagnetic coil tattoo machine. It works by injecting continuous electromagnetic energy into a tattooing area. Since it does not require manual assembly, it can be moved around easily and is often battery operated. Because it uses minimal electricity, modern tattoo machines use fewer batteries and are more durable than their rotary counterparts. This type of tattoo machine can create intricate detailed tattoos that looks so real that you would mistake it for a professional tattoo artist’s work.
Another form of tattoo machine that many tattoo artists use is the screw driven. These machines come in three varieties. One type is powered by a screw thread and the other two types are electric and hydraulic. They are the most common type used by tattoo artists and are ideal for temporary tattoos. They do not have as much power as the newer designs but can still create some amazing intricate patterns. These are the most expensive of all three types but are often used by professional tattoo artists.
The last type is called the rotary tattoo machines. These machines are generally the lighter of the three types. Some of them are even built with rechargeable batteries. Some tattoo artists like this style because it allows them to be portable. These can also be great for traveling and are light enough that they can be taken anywhere.
All three tattoo machines discussed above have their pros and cons. Each one has their own specific place where they excel. Once you decide which style you’d like to go with, do some research and find the tattoo machine that is going to work best for you and your budget. If you are a beginner at tattooing, I suggest picking up a coil machine or a rotary design.