Welcome To Help Me Tattoo

To get the most from our website you will first need to register.
Some areas will be locked for Premium members only, so if you like what you see, please consider an upgrade.
Register Log in

Think I've Mashed My Leg Up? Ouch!


Messages
193
Likes
0
Location
Liverpool
First Name
Lee
Thread starter #1
Thought i'd try and fill my wonky star cover up today. Got my "shader" and put a 7RS in it and started small circles and it was hurting like f@@k! after about half an hours pain switched to a 9RS but it was as bad.

Upon closer inspection my armeture bar was miles off centre and was slightly loose so I straightened it and carried on and it didnt seem as bad (although lots of pain from half i'd done)

I don't like my shader much. I did a biggish piece on my mate yesterday just using my "liner" and he never moaned once.

My questions are:- will the armeture bar being so out of line be the cause of leg mash?

Can I use my liner for filling/shading? and if not how do I get my "shader" back into alignment?

I will post a pic of the patchy nightmare very soon.

OWWWWWWWWWW MY LEG
 

Messages
227
Likes
0
Location
Derby
First Name
Darren
#3
aslong as the liner is turned down power wise and you work a little faster then it should be fine, alot of peoples shaders are setup very similar liners as its the thickness/giage of the springs that affect the setup not just the air gap, just trial and error i guess
 
Messages
193
Likes
0
Location
Liverpool
First Name
Lee
Thread starter #4
what about the armeture bar being lob sided. ie. quite a bit to the left? Would that of made the needles go in wonky and hurt? Its hard to tell on piggy?
 
Messages
227
Likes
0
Location
Derby
First Name
Darren
#5
hmm well if its off deffinately not in line with the tube it will chatter and dance about at the tip quite a bit, on my china made tattoo machines the armature bar had to be moved slightly to the left or right in order for it to line up correctly with the needle tube. always line the armature bar up with the tubes not the magnets etc may mean you have to adjust your front spring so that is slightly lob sided, in which case.. its ok to practice with but i would seriously consider purchasing a new machine
 
Messages
896
Likes
0
Location
uk
First Name
Mark
#6
Here it is in all its patchy throbbing glory!

OUCH........I'm surprised you have any skin left......putting the arm bar back where it should be is easy......put a back stem in the machine,make sure it sticks right up so you can align the arm bar over the top of it ( centered ) then just tighten the screw on the spring deck. Hope this helps.;)
 

Messages
193
Likes
0
Location
Liverpool
First Name
Lee
Thread starter #7
Yeah I straightened up for the lower half (don't know if you can notice) and its tigtened now. At least I discovered that small but at the same time incredibly large mistake at my own expense (pain wise)

These are things that you can't tell on pig skin and a pretty good reason to not rush into skin too quickly (like under a month) still its not hurting a fraction as much today and hasn't put me off.

Gonna try something on my wrist to see if that hurts today I think. Thanks for advice people.
 
Messages
896
Likes
0
Location
uk
First Name
Mark
#8
hey bar,either buy a real cheap machine,or use an old one to practice pulling it to bits & re-building & tuning it......all part of the learning process......;)
 
Top