Posted by JasonD from IP: 18.104.22.168 on 08/20/08
Jacksonville, FL, USA
Quote from Elrick:
"then u either do not know how to tattoo or your mentor aint teaching u rught. this is a technical question and pros will not abswer these types of questions on this forum.best of luck and thanks for the post"
Yea, I am sure he was asking for your advice.
If this "Tattoo Forum", is not a place to inquire about "Tattoo Advice", than what should we be asking for help with? Tips on how to fix cars? (Though I am sure you can not offer any advice there. Not if it resembles you writing education.)
The short answer is... They have no clue. If they did, they would have replied with a real answer. Obviously, they should not be tattooing either. Or at-least not posting in a tattoo forum, where people come for advice.
My answer, as best I can tell, from your description, is that your "Return leaf/spring" is not tight enough, or you are running too much power, for the set gap that you have, with those needles. Ink gets drawn into the flesh as the needle extracts, and the momentary gap in the skin, fills with ink that was deposited on the surface from the suction of the needle extraction. If the needle extracts too slow, the skin quickly closes around the needle, and no ink is sucked into the flesh. (Stretching helps keep the skin from contracting too fast, and allows the needle to extract faster, with less skin-tugging force.)
Also, if your power is too high, your coils retain a slight magnetism which holds your needle down longer. This reduces the UP time where the needle should be UP and out of the way, before it swings back down again for the next impact. Reduce voltage, or raise your contact adjustment or move the contact to a less flexible angle on the contact spring/leaf.
Also... Tight needles for Liners can become too tight, and form one giant ugly needle. This rips a big hole, one that can't hold ink. You may also notice that one needle may have bent, which turns it into a razor. Two of the three on the outside ink fine, but one in the middle is just tearing the surface of the flesh. (Rare, unless you use needles over and over. Dispose of them after every tattoo.)
Instead of making one-pass heavy, and causing skin trauma. Use a slower speed, and back-track over lines. The repetitive line working will give you a more constant line, last longer, have less blow-outs, and less voids. (Since you are running it slower, it also vibrates less. Try using around 4-6v for lines. Only use higher voltage if you need it. Do a solid outline once, than backtrack when you finish the outline. The slightly puffed skin will also take the needle better as it is harder, but filled with fluids.
If you are using vaseline on your tattoo's, STOP. Vaseline is a petroleum based oil. It is water-proof. 90% of ink is water. If you are sucking vaseline into the needle hole, it will never hold ink. The Vaseline will highly irritate the skin-cells, and rapidly flush the little ink that enters with protective body fluids. (That leads to fast fading tattoos.)
If you MUST use vaseline, where a tight and large needle-set requires a little more "slip" to extract properly from the skin, only use a light graze of vaseline, and wipe, don't press, it off... (Pressing will push the protective skin fluids into the holes with ink, and the towel will draw the ink and fluid out of the holes. It will also push the vaseline into the holes, since it likes to stick to the skin more than the wet paper towel.)