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  1. CRJordan

    Some Good Info

    Check insulated washers. (Google: Doorbell circuit)
  2. CRJordan

    1"coils Vs Full Size Coils

    Coil height, core diameter, insulation of the coils (ie: bobbin or paint or tape), wire gauge, number of wraps, air gaps, armature bar weight, and spring resistance: of these components of tattoo machines have to work together in harmony. If one of them is working harder than the others, the tattoo machine might overheat. Also - it won't be consistent. The magnets need to be able to turn off and de-charge, just as fast as they can charge (or else you have to compensate w/ your springs. In short, there is no simple answer. A lot of new tattoo artists think that more experienced artists are giving them the run around. The issue is that even if someone told you "this machine is better" or "this coil is better", its all a matter of preference. Some machines will not work w/ a certain size coil unless you have a yoke. (I know I have essentially told you nothing, but I hope it helps!) Best of luck w/ your apprenticeship.
  3. CRJordan

    All Tuning Secrets Revealed...

    Haha.. love it.
  4. CRJordan

    Cutback Shader

    It is really just about your style. Once you are comfortable with your machines and your style - you will start to notice that you don't need a cut back anything to do smooth gray work. Machine speed can be controlled by a lot of factors. Once of which is geometry. But springs and coils play a more important role - in my opinion. It is very easy to make a long stroke slow machine with a cut back frame - if you have correct springs and arm-bar configuration. Again, it is just in playing w/ the machines, and having quality tattoo machine parts. I think you should focus on Power supply and coils more so than frame geometry. Then focus on springs and weights of arm bars. (again, this is personal opinion, like everything else in tattoo).
  5. CRJordan

    Spaulding & Roger Tattoomachine

    Stay away from anything w/ a bobbin around the coil. I havent had a S/R tattoo machine in years, but I recall (and I could be wrong) that they used plastic bobbins on their coils.
  6. CRJordan

    Aftercare/tossin Me Around

    “Aftercare” is an opinion word There are as many opinions on tattoo aftercare as there are tattooists. If it is your first tattoo, you should follow the advice from your artist and see how things work out. Each client has a unique skin type, and everyone heals differently. You will know after your second or third tattoo what works best for you. Some artists will advocate dry healing, which pretty much boils down to leaving the tattoo alone and just letting it heal naturally. They might ask you to lotion it up a bit as needed. Other artists will insist that you keep it moist with a tattoo aftercare product. If you don’t have the product, then they will often recommend vitamin A&D ointment, lotion, or Vaseline. Talk to your friends and find out what healing regimens worked for them. You will find a lot of different methods for healing on the Internet. But most of the concepts follow the same lines, though some last for longer or shorter periods. I have always thought that if the tattoo is done properly, the aftercare is not that big of an issue. The tattoo will heal well so long as the skin was not damaged or overworked during the tattoo session.
  7. CRJordan

    Palm/finger Tattoos

    Palms are more difficult to heal, and ink comes out. Same w/ Heels of the feet. Knuckles are a bit difficult - more pressure (or harder running machines) if you know what you are doing...But beware of blow outs. You can't do too much cover-up correction on finger tattoos.
  8. CRJordan

    Question About Dispoables

    The fact that wrath is semi-transparent is kinda cool too.. not sure why though. 1" grip is a must though. I like the hardest (rigidity) plastic ones - seems to be the dark blue ones from Kingpin.
  9. CRJordan

    Any Artists In Here Pierce As Well?

    Those who can't tattoo - Tend to pierce. (Sorry... just been my experience). or.... Those who live in small towns where they can't afford to keep a pierce'ist (or piercer, one who pierces) on staff - tend to pierce! haha
  10. CRJordan

    Opinions On Liners.

    KingPin tattoo supply has awesome machines for fair price form multitude of builders.
  11. CRJordan

    Loose Skin

    stretch the skin - have him put his arm behind his head like he is about to get arrested. or even touch the opposite shoulder. Also - you don't have to be scared to increase tension and or crank up voltage and use a "clackity" sounding liner on those loose skin tattoo clients. : )
  12. CRJordan

    Darker Skin Tone

    How did it come out? I don't think you should have any probs.
  13. CRJordan

    Machine/power Supply Issue

    You really need to know how to measure volts and ohms w/ a multi meter. Just google it. I would venture to say it is a combination of the power supply and your tuning. Change to lighter rear springs and check the alignment. Needle may have a lot of resistance in the tube if Arm bar is too far fwd. Dirty contact might be an issue on a cheaper machine too. Close the gap?
  14. CRJordan

    Moles And There Consequences

    I tattoo over moles - or avoid them. Depends on the piece. You know in advance - as you will be the one putting the stencil down. I agree with Ink Slinger - sometimes the do bleed a bit. But I have never had anyone die.
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    Spring Tension

    Spring tension (most important is the rear tattoo machine spring) - Think of a diving board... would you rather run to the end of a diving board and jump up and land back on the board for that (bounce) then jump up again to the water - on a stiff diving board or a flexable diving board? (There is no right answer). Spring tension - Front spring: Imagine you are on a swing set swinging away... someone puts a brick wall in front of you. You stop yourself with your feet. Now imagine the wall is gone - and replaced with a flexible sheet of rubber. Now imagine that your legs are the front binding post and the wall and rubber are the front spring. It is designed to take impact of the recoil. caused by the rear spring and coil magnets. Throw: Imagine the distance between your legs and the brick wall (except you can bend your knees a bit upon impact) - the distance is increased-just a bit. This is the Arm bar's "reach" to include flex on recoil.. Hope that was not too confusing..