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  1. P

    Techniques for How to tattoo a very long straight line(s) where more ink is needed than one ink well worth.

    Do you just taper out and then taper back in? Or is there any other suggestions? Especially with thick bold lines with large needle group cartridges.
  2. B

    Help me troubleshoot what is going on with my lines. I am going crazy trying to figure it out!

    So I am an apprentice at a local studio, my mentor recently let me start tattooing customers. But I still have problems with lining. I keep asking him what I am doing wrong but I am not getting an answer just ”you’ll figure it out in time”. What is getting frustrating is i feel like i have tried...
  3. N

    Hi, 10 years tattooing experiencing smthng new.

    I feel totally embarrassed to post this, but I haven't been able to figure out what's wrong. I've been tattooing since 2012 using a swisstattoo rotary machine. Never had a single issue. In January I've decided it's time to try something new and I bought myself the much talked about cheyenne...
  4. Kellalizard

    Having to go back over lines - How to get single pass black lines?

    Hi, I've been tattooing for a fair few months now and I'm now onto people. I'm quite comfortable shading and packing colour/black and grey but I'm finding lining very difficult. I would consider myself a realism artist but I want to incorporate linework into my designs to help them hold up and...
  5. N

    Why does this happen?

    Hi all. Struggling to figure out why some lines are healing like this. Some lines look as though the ink in the middle of them has fallen out ? They look solid during the tattoo then heal like this. They're not raised up at all but do look scarred. It's only a few of my tattoos that've done...
  6. Echoenchontus

    Lining, also shading sometimes. Not sure what I’m doing wrong.

    I’ve been licensed for about 3 years now and we have quite a busy shop so I’ve done tons of tattoos! Most of which I think turn out fine. Lately I just been feeling kind of down about myself, especially in the last week 3 people have come in asking for touch ups. Like parts of the lining faded...
  7. C

    What needle gauge for thick lining?

    Hi I currently use #10 RL long taper needles for lining but wanted your opinions on if #12 versions of the needles would be better for bold lines? Thanks for reading
  8. Revenge

    Non solid lines, and machine stopping randomly? Tips for female artist on stretch, lining, etc?

    Hello, im new to tattooing and have done a few on myself during my apprenticeship. Reciently ive been experiancing a number of problems when tattooing which result in a majorly frustrating experiance, and i just cannot pinpoint the problem or combination of problems. 1) Technical problems: I...
  9. Daisy

    Lining techniques

    If I am looking to do a line with various weights - would I use different needles or would I do a pass with a needle & then build the line up? so get the strencil on, do the finer lines, outline the thicker lines and then If I am looking to do fatter line - would you line and then colour in -...
  10. Flemingtm94

    Mom's Brand Tattoo Ink Vs Kuro Sumi Tattoo Ink

    I am a beginner artist and one strange thing I noticed that the ink really plays a huge part in your overall work. I recently purchased Kuro Sumi Tattoo Ink after using Mom's for about 4 months. *I wanted to be cheap* So for the same price I received 2X's more ink than Mom's ink; 1st plus. Then...
  11. Deviantdan16

    Throw On A Rotary

    Hi. Just wondered if anybody can clear a few things up for me. Ive got a spectra edge x set on medium throw that stays the same for lining colour or grey shading . I understand that a longer throw is good for colour as the needles travel further collecting more ink on each stroke. But i wondered...