What To Look For In Tattoo Needles
|Needle Grouping||Tube Size||Commonly used for…|
|15MR||15 flat||Color fill and shading|
|1RL, 3RL||1 – 3 round||Lines, intricate shading, and fill-in|
|4RL, 5RL||4 – 5 round||Outlines, shading, and fill-in|
|7RL||7 round||Shading and color fill|
Furthermore, what tattoo needle is best for thick lines?
#12 gauges are highly popular across all needle groupings and tattoo styles. Anyone referring to #12 or 0.35mm needles may also call them Standards. Common in lining and traditional work as they have a faster ink flow. Great for bold lines and colour packing/shading large areas.
Just so, can you use a 7rs for lining?
My usual liner is a 5rl, but for thicker lines when doing old school or anything that requires a thicker line I use a 7rl or sometimes a 9rl, I also sculp the lines sometimes to avoid changing needles or use a shader needle. Shader needles can also be used for lining and there is no reason why you shouldn’t use them.
What angle do you tattoo at?
between 45 and 60
Yes it can be fixed. Go to a reputable studio and check the portfolio of their artists, go get an appointment and talk to the one you choose.
Generally speaking, a tattoo needle needs to penetrate between 1mm and 2mm into the skin, beyond the 5 layers of epidermis and into the dermis layer. Anything deeper can lead to infection.
Absolutely this. If u pull the machine backwards the needle becomes loose & jumps around. The reason we bend the needle slightly & put rubber bands on is to keep the needle tight against the tip. If you use diamonds you can pull a line without it jumping all over the place.
Yes lining with a rs is very common. You will get a more consistent and solid line because the grouping does not taper. When using a rs, you need to slow your hand speed slightly or you will notice you’ll get tiny individual lines.
Similarly, can you shade with a liner machine? You can put a liner needle in a shader (not a color packer with a hard hit!) for that effect or you use a soft six wrap liner for small needle settings. You can whip shade with liners which gives you a traditional style of the tattoo but not a soft shade.