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Air or electric hybrid?

Hey Mike,

Going through the message boards sometimes you say you run the hybrid with electric and most recently you say you like it with air the most. Assuming you don't have to travel, what would you recommend overall? Air or the electric attachment?

Thanks man


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RE: Air or electric hybrid?

100% air all the way,i tried my hardest to go with the motor,but all said and done,i like it with the air better,but ill probably travel with the motor or coils,unless it's a local show and i can take my small compressor or the convention or shop that ill be working at has a compressor set to go.
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RE: Air or electric hybrid?

Mike I hate to bug you. But are you using the new new hybrids? The new composite hybrids?

If so how are they different? Also could you tell us a ball park of pressure for lining color and black and grey?

Would you recommend lining with them?
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Yes! Do tell if their is some difference between the new version of the hybrid or if it´s the same. I´m waiting to get my first hybrid but it would be helpful to know if I need to buy a new one as well or if their quite the same. And please do let us know some pressure nr. you use for different jobs.

You are an inspration for taking this artform to new levels!!
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I have not used the new composite neumas yet,but i'm sure i will within a couple days.I don't think there will be a big difference except maybe lighter and cheaper in cost,it was a good way for them to be able to make a lot of them to always have them in stock and offer them at a lower price,which is a win win.I have been running them about 25 psi, now keep in mind each machine and needle set-up is slightly different and will cause the air pressure to be changed, so you might have to turn it up to 30 or turn it down to 20 psi, feel it out,you'll know if its to low or to high by feel and sound.I use mine for lining too(turn it up a bit for lining),i have also been using all short stroke and softest cushion,and i couldn't be happier right now with the machines,and since i'm stoked with them i have decided to start helping Neuma and offering them on my site, within a couple weeks i'll have them on here for sale. I did mention earlier that i was 100% into the air rather than using it with the module,the difference is with the air i could work it a little more than with the module,i also could get it smoother with less effort,i would still use the module for small pieces that didn't require as much layering and pieces that called for packing in and moving on,i was really into the module too but when it came down to it,i work better with the air,especially for smooth color portraits.Most other styles the module would be better suitable,a lot of it is preference and if you have the Hybrid you might as well try it with both and make a decision for yourself.
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I dont remember if i mentioned this in any other forum post,but with the new hybrids you Cannot oil them at all,if you do it won't run right.If you have done it already you should take it apart and take a paper towel and dry it all off.
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Ok thanks for the response, but how come you can´t lubricate the new hybrids and can you lube the old once?
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The old ones needed a drop of oil in the back end in order to run better,the new ones are the opposite,i believe it just has to do with the design on the new ones,the oil makes a part on the inside go out of whack if its lubricated.I wish i had a better answer than that,but thats it in a nutshell.
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JUST STARTING OUT

I admire your realism and work and I've been wanting to take my artwork to the tattoo level for some time. What kind of advice do you have for someone just starting or trying to start. Other than to get your work out there and go door to door :) I'd like to start off with the neuma and have been looking over their website for years. I want to go all or nothing and learn from someone who has used the neuma. I don't want to waste my time in some of the crappy shops around here. Although, anything I learn would be great. I also wondered what inks you prefer? I'm having a very hard time finding anyone open for apprenticeships also....not sure if it's bc they are a pain or take too much time or what lol. Thanks a bunch!!!
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