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How To Set Up Power Supply To Tattoo Machine
- Aug 25, 2018 -

Using a Tattoo Machine

Always remember to use the correct angle. In order for the ink to be inserted in the skin layer properly, you must hold your equipment at a 45° angle. There is a risk that the ink will leak out from the puncture in the skin if you hold the machine at too vertical an angle. Avoid the too horizontal angel too. If you miss the correct position holding your machine, you risk the design of your tattoo failing. If done incorrectly the customer will feel unnecessary pain and bleeding, which means you’ve exceeded the recommended depth. If you don’t get to the recommended depth, the ink will vanish and the result of the tattoo will be a mess.

With just small smooth movements, you will be able to learn how to seamlessly balance and control your tattooing machine. Don’t try to freehand a tattoo without support from the rest of the arm. It could result with crooked squiggly lines and an unsatisfied customer.


Tuning your power supply to your machine:

With power supplies, most tattoo guns are DC. Most power supplies come in two forms, regulated and non-regulated. Regulated means that the output voltage will always be what your setting says, if you choose 13 volts then the output will be 13 volts. Non-regulated machines will give you an average of 13 volt output. The regulated machines are more expensive, but save contacts and provide smoother running machines and better tattoos. Attach your power supply to your gun; you should also have a foot switch setup so that it works as the on/off switch for power to your gun. Ensure that your gap has been set.

Liners contacts should be set the width of a dime apart, shaders should be set the width of a nickel apart. Turn on your power supply, set the output voltage to your desired speed. The higher the voltage the faster the machine will run. A fast smooth machine is good for lining, a slower machine is preferred for shading, but practice will determine your use.