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tattoo machine design

Posted by goneflyin from IP: 66.142.238.126 on 02/23/06
missouri

I'm interested in learning about machine design and building. I'm NOT interested in building a prison tattoo machine but a real machine. I love doing metal working and foundry work and I've always been fascinated with tattoos, I'm not an artist however. I would like to know where I can learn about designing and building custom tattoo machines, from frame making to making tubes, to making coils. Is there any real information out there on machines or is it all just making prison tattoo machines?



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RE:tattoo machine design

Posted by Krystof from IP: 71.192.231.137 on 02/24/06
Off the Map, Easthampton MA

I would befriend a quality artist in your area and explain what you want to do, the artist might let you take a look at his machine(s) so you can get a grasp on what goes where as far as where things align, who knows, they might even have an idea of their own that they'd like to have you do, and you could have them sample your work to see if it is effective. Keep us updated on how this works out for you. This could be an excellent direction in your life.


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Posted by taz from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 02/24/06
midwest

Hey goneflyin...Where you been all my life....lol!! ...I'd love to do some collaborating on machine manufacture...E-mail me...Taz


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RE:tattoo machine design

Posted by krystof from IP: 71.192.231.137 on 02/25/06
off the map, easthampton MA

make that 2 of us if you feel like working with a new englander


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RE:tattoo machine design

Posted by goneflyin from IP: 66.141.253.82 on 02/25/06
missouri

I would be happy to collaborate with you guys. I did own a machine at one time I had one from superior tattoo and two Joe kaplan machines, all of which I picked up off ebay. I had the intention of doing this a while back but other things got in the way. Plus I didn't have all the tools I do now.

Chris


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Posted by goneflyin from IP: 66.141.253.82 on 02/25/06
missouri

I currently have an 8x12 metal lathe with milling attachment, I converted my small drill press into a light duty milling machine, and I built a foundry a couple years ago for aluminum casting. I was looking through some of my technical books and also have a book on building a coil winding machine.

Chris


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RE:tattoo machine design

Posted by goneflyin from IP: 66.141.253.82 on 02/25/06
missouri

I currently have an 8x12 metal lathe with milling attachment, I converted my small drill press into a light duty milling machine, and I built a foundry a couple years ago for aluminum casting. I was looking through some of my technical books and also have a book on building a coil winding machine.

Chris


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RE:tattoo machine design

Posted by goneflyin from IP: 66.141.253.82 on 02/25/06
missouri

I currently have an 8x12 metal lathe with milling attachment, I converted my small drill press into a light duty milling machine, and I built a foundry a couple years ago for aluminum casting. I was looking through some of my technical books and also have a book on building a coil winding machine.

Chris


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Posted by Dr. Blood from IP: 67.48.118.153 on 07/04/06
K.C. MO

I have been tattooing for 12 years & just now getting into machine making,winding coils,ect... I find it more relaxing than tattooing...But I will never stop tat'n...


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 07/04/06
HADES

I would suggest that ya get in touch with my ol Hotspark here on the forum ...Rob Giusti is his name ...he just built me 5 custom machines and the man KNOWS HIS SHIT!!! His machines are pigment packin monsters!!!

Look him up guys!...TAz


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RE:tattoo machine design

Posted by Hotspark from IP: 71.123.115.80 on 07/04/06
Upstairs

Hey shoot me an email and we'll chat.Let me know what info ya need.


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Posted by Hotspark from IP: 71.123.115.80 on 07/04/06
Upstairs

Also,tattoo machine depot is a great source of insperation.The ones he has for sale must be made of diamonds and gold for the price.There is tons-tons of info on the net and your being and artist should be able to find it.If you get in touch with me I'd like to chat and point you in the right direction


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 07/04/06
HADES

Tattoo machine depot?...Ok Rob..E-mail me and fill me in on this!!


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Posted by thiago.depauli@gmail.com from IP: 201.26.143.102 on 08/13/06

Someone have a project of a tattoo machine in real size. I´m looking for it, but I don´t found anything. If someone have the project and can help me with this. Send me a message on my e-mail address. Thanks...


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Posted by freefall from IP: 205.188.116.65 on 08/27/08
tazewell tn 37879 us

i have more than one started what you need frame or complete some completed


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Posted by Dope DeVille from IP: 68.97.200.82 on 01/05/09
Oklahoma City, OK.

Hey Hotspark...

I have been dying to learn how to build my own machines for sometime now! I have been tattooing for about 2 years now and I want to build my own machines! I saw your post to the other guys saying that you could point them in the right direction. I have a guy who makes my coils for me, I just want to learn how to make my own frames and what not. Wether it be iron or molding. I just need some advice on where to start or how to do it. Any help would be awsome! Thanks Brother!

Diamond Dope DeVille


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Posted by billy009785 from IP: 66.38.113.101 on 04/07/09
westmoreland tn usa

i have just built my first professional frame it is great anyone interested in a collaboration or in purchasing a good frame contact me @ billy009785@yahoo.com


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Posted by Art-fuldodger from IP: 114.77.37.114 on 05/18/09
Australia, Melbourne

Billy or anyone else out there that wants to palm off a few Frames let me know i've got a few idea's of frame styles me self too! I'm gonna buy bulk so wont pay an arm and a leg though!!!!


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Posted by Aaron from IP: 71.98.247.81 on 06/08/09
Sarasota Florida

Any of you guys that are winding your own machines look me up on ebay I sell 24 AWG wire that is used to wind coils. I have probaly the cheapest prices on Ebay and I ship same day. I have a few customers on this page that buy from me. I will not do you wrong. My store link on ebay is BAEWIRE. hope to hear from you. Send me an email tell me you got my link off here and I will give you a good deal. Thank you


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Posted by lancho_68@hotmail.com from IP: 189.133.221.169 on 06/23/09
mexico

i made one bye myself it doesn't look like a real one but it works like a pro tattoo gun..
so i want to learn hot to do it like a pro too..
e-mail me if you know how to do this machines..


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Posted by mitch0050 from IP: 68.249.98.187 on 11/17/09
Elwood, Indiana USA

I've been CNC machining tattoo machine parts for a local tat artist for about a year and a half. He has built about 70 machines, now his boss is buying parts from me also. I have programs to make 4 different bases, 2 different side plates a liner,a shader and a combination liner shader, the spring mount and two different lenght needel rods. These my not be the proper names for them and i sorry for that, I just make the parts in my hobby machine shop and sell them local. Thinking about making some up to put on e-bay here soon. If anyone would be interested in colaberating or seeing what I have please email me at lmmachiningllc@yahoo.com. Thank you in advance and good luck to all in thier endevers.

Mike Mitchell


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Posted by mitch0050 from IP: 68.249.98.187 on 11/17/09
Elwood, Indiana USA

I've been CNC machining tattoo machine parts for a local tat artist for about a year and a half. He has built about 70 machines, now his boss is buying parts from me also. I have programs to make 4 different bases, 2 different side plates a liner,a shader and a combination liner shader, the spring mount and two different lenght needel rods. These my not be the proper names for them and I am sorry for that, I just make the parts in my hobby machine shop and sell them locally. Thinking about making some up to put on e-bay here soon. If anyone would be interested in colaberating or seeing what I have please email me at lmmachiningllc@yahoo.com. Thank you in advance and good luck to all in thier endevers.

Mike Mitchell


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Posted by rockabilly-rebel from IP: 206.53.157.251 on 12/05/09
CA, USA

Wow I see I'm not the only one with building on the mind. If anyone has any diagrams of what goes where it would be really helpful. I also am not an artist but work in a metal shop full time. I got the bug to build a machine when a friend thought of learning to tattoo. When he looked around for machines we made a funny realization. Most affordable machines are junky looking. He shopped around and we concluded there are people selling frames that are a couple bucks worth of metal for up to a hundred bucks. I have the metal working skills I just don't know what components go where. For the necessary help I would gladly make someone a frame for free (it costs me next to nothing) I just don't want to purchase a crappy machine to use as a template because I'm afraid when I put in quality components it won't fit. Thanks in advance


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Posted by Jeremy from IP: 74.87.229.44 on 12/07/09
Kansas City

There's a few books out there worth reading if you all are interested in building your own machines. Handmade being the one I'd recommend. Karl Marc I believe. Tattoo Machines and their secrets by shit idk I got the book around here somewhere. "Custom" machine builders seem to be almost as thick as "tattoo artists" these days. I've tried my hand at the machine building , it sure takes a lot more than I thought it would. As a tattoo artist I think it does wonders for your tattooing. Makes your tattooing a ton easier if you know how to tune your machines properly, part of tuning will always take at least a basic understanding of how the damn things work.

There are plenty of machine builders that probably know more about the machines than the guys using them that's for sure. Most machinists I've dealt with for frame building or tube vice design , tend to over think the damn thing. Which is to be expected I suppose due to them working within such tight tolerances under normal circumstances.

If I'm remembering anything properly ( and I may not so don't quote this shit ) Cain , hands down one of the more famous machine builders out there, said that the rear spring deck height is the most crucial measurement on the machine, and that he still to this day uses the measurements off of National's Jonesy style replica for all his builds. I've got a jonesy style that I love to death. And have to say I do enjoy the easy tuning it provides. Crazy to think that a machine style so old was so spot on design that's it's stuck to this day. Which just points out that the machine hasn't really come far in this industry until maybe the last ten to 15 years or so.

Now you've got the pneumatics, the rotaries making a bit of a come up, the ghost coils, the shorties, FK's coil and a half, all the lefties, the sculpted , the multi-steel machines,the frameless, not to mention eikon's innovative ideas and function naming that really put alot of people on the same page. And every jo blow dicksmack , including myself that thinks it wouldn't be that hard to build a kick ass tattoo machine lol.

I wouldn't say people shouldn't try to build their own , but I'd suggest spending a good long while reading , watching, talking to other machine builders, admiring work , asking questions and all that before deciding if you really wanna delve into the whole machine building thing. Most builders seem to be as busy as most artists if not more so.

I'm certain more thought and time goes into a machine built by a real machine builder than goes into your average tattoo and I pretty much admire the guys that spend their time doing that.


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Posted by cbastuff@gmail.com from IP: 74.87.229.44 on 12/07/09
Kansas City

oh forgot to put the damascus craze in there .


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Posted by Jerry from IP: 60.180.192.127 on 07/07/10
China

Hello guys !

Your tattoo machines are very very great! I love them very much!

We are a specialized manufacturer for tattoo machines and machine parts with the best quality in our country and pretty competitive prices. If you need a good cooperator who supply high-quality custom machine parts, pls do not hesitate to contact me.
Any comments, that'll be appreciated!
Thanks and best regards

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Jie’s Tattoo Manufacturer
Website: www.tattoojies.com
Tel: 0086-577-62779525
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