It is not simple to customize your Tattoo Machine. Here is a quick guide to help you with five tips that you can use today.
Before You Start
Before you disassemble it, it is important to know how it functions. Learn about your machine’s different components, such as the frame, coils and armature bar. Also, learn about springs and contact screws. This will allow you to diagnose problems and make informed decisions on which parts to modify or replace.
Why Are You Doing It?
It is much easier to achieve your goals if you know what you are trying to change.
- Is it the weight of your machine? Is it the sound? Is it the noise?
- What could make the client’s experience better?
- What is the difference between how deep and hard the needles hit?
- Does it matter how hard the needles strike?
You’ll be able to know how you can improve your machine once you have a good understanding of it.
Upgrade your stick if you still use the old one.
Upgrade your Tattoo Coil Machine in 5 Easy Steps
1. Upgrade the Coils
The coils of your tattoo machine are essential, as they create the electromagnetic field which drives the needles.
Upgrade your coils to improve your machine’s performance and efficiency. Choose hand-wound copper coils that provide a more powerful and consistent magnetic field.
2. Modify the Springs
The springs in your tattoo machine determine the speed and tension of the needles. You can change the springs’ length or shape to customize your machine.
Longer springs, for example, will result in a slower, softer strike, while shorter springs create a quicker, harder hit.
3. Replace the Armature Bar
The armature is the part that connects your tattoo machine’s coils with the needles. You can replace the armature if your machine does not hit as hard as you would like or isn’t hitting as consistently. You should always look for lightweight and high-quality materials, such as aluminum or titanium, to reduce vibrations and improve performance.
4. Keep Your Home Clean Regularly
Your machines will need to be maintained. I recommend regularly cleaning and lubricating moving parts to avoid rust and corrosion.
5. Test it on Fake Skin
Spend at least 15 minutes with fake leather, pomegranate skin or another skin substitute before testing the machine on clients. I can’t even imagine the horror if your machine failed during a client session.
That’s all folks.
It is fun to customize and upgrade your tattoo gun. You will also be able to achieve greater efficiency. You can upgrade and customize your machine with the right tools and knowledge. Take the time to understand your machine, and perform proper maintenance so that it runs smoothly for many years.
This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Black Amethyst is the best amongst St Pete tattoo shops. They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting.