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power supply vs tattoo machine?

Posted by cheereo from IP: 98.148.252.23 on 08/26/10
venice, california, us

im on a limmited budget... i can get a couple of good machines like micky sharpz and a cheap power supply or, a good power supply like a eikon ps and a couple of cheaper machines from internation tattoo supply.... im wondering which is more important - a power supply or the tattoo machine?

im a scratcher now but i will be a prof. one day. i am an artist, however i cant afford the luxury of an apprenticship right now so im using the resources at hand. hence- this message.

any advice would be helpful. ty.



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Posted by #2 Scratcher from IP: 74.69.146.213 on 08/26/10

To be honest...both are equally important. Ask yourself this, what is more important, the motor or the chassis on a automobile.

Listen, I will save you a bunch of money. I have had 3 power supplies. 1 was a Monster Point 1.5A, a big cream color 3A, and my Eikon 300EMS. I do not see a noticeable difference between the 100$ 3A and the Eikon. A 2 amp power supply will work fine. Just look for the technical specifications of the power supply. If it says 2A, buy it.

On the same note, I am a scratcher/apprentice, and have owned a few machines. I bought a few 80$ cheap machines. I had to rebuild them to make them work for my technique. Modifying them was cheap and fairly easy to do. Just look for a good frame. Having a well balanced frame is as important as the coils and springs....kind of.

I own a few Jim Martini Machines...and a BTK color packer. Amazing

A well built machine is worth every penny spent. So save up.

Another direction to go before you make a few mistakes. Take a Blood Borne Pathogen Course before worrying about the hardware of the trade.

The life you save may very well be your own.


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RE:power supply vs tattoo machine?

Posted by cheereo from IP: 98.148.252.23 on 08/29/10
venice, ca, us

ive taken the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Course and passed it, thanks.

so basically i guess what im thinking is the eikon (or critical)psu is a bit over-rated but only because of its price -not speaking on behalf of its quality as a product of course but i can do the same job with a cheaper subsitute.

thanks scratcher 2


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RE:power supply vs tattoo machine?

Posted by #2 Scratcher from IP: 74.69.146.213 on 08/29/10

Not a problem man. I agree on the price...but they are nice. I seen a guest artist use the critical. I was a bit skeptical about throwing a baggy over something that produces heat. He did a 4hr sitting (with a couple breaks) and it seemed to be fine.

Any power supply with a true 2amp hardware will be just as efficient as the Eikon. I used to build amplifiers for stereo systems, so take my word on it.

Before anyone points out that I own an Eikon...the shop I am at wanted me to get it.


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RE:power supply vs tattoo machine?

Posted by cheereo from IP: 98.148.252.23 on 08/31/10
venice, ca, us

yeah i just dont see myself paying that much for a psu anymore...
i just realized for the same price as an eikon ems300 i can get a Playstation3 that plays blue ray DVDs.....lol.
and i dont think eikon psu's are that much more technologically advanced as that! so why pay that much...
maybe when im a millionaire.

2amp. thanks.


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