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Spotty Shading: Need Advice


Flemingtm94

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16 Sep 2017
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Tray
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So I am new to tattooing and I am very picky about certain projects that require a lot of shading. When I use a circular motion to shade, certain areas are always lighter than the others. I tend to use the same sized shading needle as the outline. So if I used a 7RL for the outline, I would use a 7RS as well.
 
27 May 2017
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Chris
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Shading in my opinion is done with a mag. Are you talking about packing color? As far as using the same size needles. That depends on the piece and the size of it. I personally don't use rs's. You can do pretty much anything with a mag.
 
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Goldwingdaz

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27 Aug 2016
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Have to agree, shading depends on size of piece and finish required to decide what needle to use. There are too many variables to simply use same size as liner, unless it is simply to practice techniques. Uniformity over a large area with a round shader is extremely difficult.
 
27 May 2017
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Chris
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IMO you can overwork and cause damage to the skin faster using a rs. Like Daz said it is difficult to get uniformity over a large area with a rs let alone it taking twice the amount of time to do it as compared to the right sized mag with proper technique. That's my 2 cents worth.
 

Flemingtm94

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16 Sep 2017
8
Richmond, VA
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Tray
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Shading in my opinion is done with a mag. Are you talking about packing color? As far as using the same size needles. That depends on the piece and the size of it. I personally don't use rs's. You can do pretty much anything with a mag.
Packing in the color and making a smooth transition throughout is my problem. I didn't know if the needles were the problem or my technique or just BOTH tbh.
 
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