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Saturation?

Posted by artist2343 from IP: 76.204.65.102 on 10/07/12
Michigan

I'm having trouble getting good saturation in my tattoo's. I did one earlier and the ink would not go into the skin. I pulled the skin taught. I put Vaseline on. scooped enough ink into my shovel tube, i was using a 13 mag. i noticed it caught on the skin, which means i had the needle sticking out too far. and then i tried turning my machine up but noticed i was tearing the skin up so i turned it back down and tried moving slower. I've tried quick small circles but moving ahead slowly, I've also tried moving my machine just horizontally ::::: like if this were my needle < ::::: > but that didn't work either. So I'm not sure what else I can do any color saturation techniques anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated



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RE:Saturation?

Posted by dnedzesk@kent.edu from IP: 71.236.97.143 on 10/07/12
Pittsburgh, PA

Make sure your machine is tuned right for what you are using it for. I definitely wouldn't recommend the <:::::> motion, as you can cut the skin open like a razor blade if you're machine is hitting too hard. Take your time with the small circles or sweeping motion, work slow and thoroughly, try and find your "sweet spot" between your machine's hit and your hand speed. It could be anything from that to a dull needle.


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RE:Saturation?

Posted by helpfulRobot from IP: 69.171.178.8 on 10/08/12
portland OR

so lets hope these tattos are on u. first off u shouldnt tatto anyone but urself at first.. and start on ur thighs. but more importantly your machine isnt a marker.. its more like a paint brush. u can never get full saturation on one pass like a sharpie marker. it will take a feww passes to get the desired layering effect, making it solid color.. (sometimes when im doing a small small area i use like 4drops of color in a cap to not waste ink.. so its also not the amount of ink u shovel in.. its layering)
this is where ur machine tuning comes into play. touch the arm bar as it works with ur thumb nail( right by the tophat grommet) u can tell how hard ur machine hits without sticking urself with the needle.make it run good and still hit softly.. u dont want to chip concrete with it..
now if its hitting soft make little circles, lines or whatever patern u feel comfortable with..(this advise is for solid color only, shading u want to feather the two colors together).. u can go slow if ur machine is soft.
do one pass and wipe.. u should see little lines from the mags individual needles but not really alot of color.. do another pass and wipe.. there should be very little blood and no tearing or visible damage to the skin.. take ur time.. going to fast will result in less saturation and more passes.. not good.
if u really need a good idea of how to lay color get Mike Devries DVD "get real" the one with the gorilla. animal style or something.. after watching that, and really studying it u will be a better artist..


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Posted by frosticus from IP: 70.185.232.217 on 10/08/12
tulsa, oklahoma

Joe Capobianco has some very nice videos as well. you should be able to find them at www.hopegallerytattoo.com.

sorry mike, your videos rock as well. just getting some more material in the hands of people who want to learn.


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Posted by deathuser94@yahoo.com from IP: 76.201.52.243 on 10/10/12
Michigan

Actually... It's been about 3 years and no these are not on me. i didn't get apprenticed very well. and they shoved me off out to shop right after. ive been at 2 different shops for an apprenticeship the first closed about 6 months after which the guy left and kept taking my money, the 2nd they had me start over clean wouldn't watch or help me and shipped me off to a shop after 2 year


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