mike D on 07.05.10northridge ca
I have been getting some emails with questions about the Stigma Rotaries, asking how they compare to coils? What power supply works with them? And things to expect when switching.
Out of the rotaries that I have tried, I have found that the Stigma is the closest to the feel of a coil, and it has the nice precise feel of a rotary. Very consistent and quiet. It has adjustable give that is easily changeable, they have a screw on the back that you screw in for a harder hit and unscrew a few turns for a softer hit, the new Hyper V2's now need an allen(hex key) to adjust this, they did this to stop any possible cross contamination by possibly touching the screw to adjust, now you must adjust it before you start or take a break and use your hex key to make the give adjustment. In my opinion I would unscrew the screw a few turns on all the machines and just run them that way all the time so once its adjusted the way you like it then just leave it, unless you run into a situation where you want less give.
You wouldnt have to adjust to much from an everyday coil user, except you may feel that you work a bit slower with it compared to a coil, but it's a nice pace.
They work with the new Eikon ems 300 power supply, it has a rotary mode you can stick it on, It also works with the old Eikon ems 200, another power supply that runs rotaries is from Luckys Tattoo Supply, Item #PS1. As far as the Critical Power Supply, I have gotten mixed reviews on whether it works or not with rotaries, some say it does and some say it doesn't, when I know for sure on that one ill post it. There are more Power supplies out there that work with rotaries but the ones I mentioned are the ones that I know work for sure.
All standard tubes and needles work in the Stigma, I have several coils and rotaries that don't fit certain black disposables, but this is not the case with the Stigma Machines. Nobody says if you buy a Rotary that you have to only use rotaries. You can use coils too with your set up because it takes a traditional clip cord or rca, some rotaries out there dont have this feature, so its harder to mix your coils in there with your machine setups. You may feel that you want to run your coil for your lining, although I like the way it lines, but if your a traditional type bold outline artist, you may want to use your coils for lining. The Stigma Hypers all come the same way, there isn't a different liner or a shader, but they say if you're using it for lining you should screw in the give screw to hit harder and its better for lining, I personally like it the same as my shader with the screw loosened a bit for some give.
Like most Rotaries there is a need to lube your machine, the Stigma comes with a small tube of synthetic grease (super lube) with instructions on how and where to lube it up, at least once a month you may want to dab a bit of grease on it. A good starting point as far as what volts to run it at is between 8 and 9, but feel it out and see what works best for you. If your just starting out with Rotary tattoo machines you may want to back off your needle depth a bit until you get used to it.
Stigma Machines come with a 6 month warranty and if there is a problem you would need to contact Stigma directly http://www.stigma-rotary-tattoo.com/en/contact.shtml , they can usually solve the problem via email, it could be something as simple as turning your clip cord around, if the problem cannot be fixed only then you would want to send it back to them. If you purchase a Stigma machine from me, there are no refunds,returns or exchanges!
Upon completion of your order for the Stigmas please add additional note with studio info that you work in, these machines are only being sent to professional tattoo artists.