This page is devoted to tattoo machines! I will be writing material that will make sense to artists and maybe to laymen if they study what tattoo machines are, and first off they are not tattoo guns. I will go over heating issues, stumbling issues, geometry, coils, vices, caps, o-rings, and springs. I will be writing articles and give links to other machine sites. I will not be going over how to build a machine. I know that there are lots of sites out there that do cover that topic, so go find them.
Tuning your machine requires that you pay attention to how you tattoo. You need to pay attention to your hand speed and how you pack color and apply black and gray. Do you run your machines fast or slow? Is your machine punchy? Does your machine hit hard or soft? All of these things make a big different when it comes time to tune your machine.
Cutting your own springs will help you take your craft to the next level. You will be able to make your machines run the way you want them to run. We will go over the concepts of spring theory and discuss the issues of single springs and split springs. Why would you run one long spring instead of two springs, front spring and back spring?
I have some of my favorite machine builders and I am sure you do to. There are some builders out there that deserve that $500 dollar price tag on their machines. I have several and they are daily work horses that are consistently great runners with no problems. There are some great machines out there in the $150 dollar range that are great runners, and the builder stands behind the machine! This is good to know information if you are planning on buying a solid tattoo machine.
Some of my favorites:
I have owned lots of machines. Neumas (still use them), Stigmas, Tim Hendricks, Paul Rogers, Huck Spaulding, National, Mickey Sharpz, and the list goes on. Below are some of my personal favorites. This is a very short list that does not include all of my machines, and does not include all the builders worth buying a machine from.
Time Machine Danny Fowler machines are in my humble opinion the entry machines money can buy. Solid machines that are consistent money makers. I collect Fowler machines and I am lucky enough to have some low number machines. Danny has lots of great information on machines on his website. Fantastic machines at a great price!
Todd Hlavaty Todd handmade and engraved a machine for me back in 2005. It is one of my favorites. It is a beautiful Coleman frame machine that is hand engraved. Runs consistent and still runs today. It is a daily runner. The only thing ever replace were the springs. Well worth the price.
WorkHorse Irons I bought a Seth Ciferri classic liner in 2005 and a Soba Pilot shader in 2006. Fantastic customer service and rock solid machines. Daily runners that will last years.
So stay tuned and keep checking our site for important machine information.
If you are a builder and want us to review your machines contact us and we will do a write up for you on our site with pictures and a review on the machine.