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  1. I saw a post from user "purplethumb" and figured, hell I've been tattooing for a whole week, so let's see how I compare to a true pro (Ha) So, without further ado, let the roast begin! This is the OP's amazing work. This is my work ( a complete newb, practicing on Pig skin for 1 week). Note, the vetical lines are from the machine used to de-skin the pig, not my doing. So, as you can see, I have a LOT LOT LOT to learn. Even though doing this I did practice whip shading holding the 7M1 sideways, which was an awesome thing to learn because now I know how he got those fine pointy shaded parts. Anyways, comment, roast, etc.. Enjoy! This is my first post here. I know I am a complete newb and I ONLY practice on pig skin. Original post:
  2. Hello everyone. I'm practicing on pig skin for some months, and this forum + the practicing helped me figuring out a lot of things. After a lot of frustration I'm getting closer and closer to the results I want. But there is something I still can't find out. When I want to make a large black filling with an empty space close the outline, i don't know if I should use "whip shading motions" or "filling motion". When I use whip shading motions, it looks like whip shading, obviously ! And when I use small circles filling motion, the black filling is nice, but the ending of it is, or very irregular, or too sharp. I'm using M1s, I was thinking maybe I should use curved M1 ? I don't know if i'm clear, but here is a pic to illustrate. To sum up, I can't figure out how to move the needle to get a result similar to the red circled zones on the pic. PS : Please excuse my english, it's not my native language.
  3. Before I ask my question let me tell you the position I'm in so I don't get a bunch of negative responses. I want to start tattooing but there's only one shop in my area that I can get an apprenticeship from and the shop owner said I can get an apprenticeship but unfortunately not for another 4 - 5 months because at the moment he has and will have a lot on his plate. I'm very eager to learn so I went and got a starting kit and for the last month or so I've been watching and reading as much tattoo information as I can because I want to be ahead of the curve when I do get into the shop. For about two weeks now I've been practicing, only on grapefruit, to make sure my line work is solid. I've also worked on some coloring with round shaders with no problems but yesterday I began to color with magnums which brings me to my question. When shading with a 5 round magnum needle my machine starts to sputter. I believe I have my 10 coil machine tuned properly using a nickle's width as the coil/spring gap and I have the machine running smoothly at about 8.5 volts. When trying to fill in areas I've been trying to hold the machine at about 45 degrees and to use tight circles. I also try to be very conscious of just using the tip of the needle and to not ride the tube. So any ideas on what can be causing the sputtering? Do I have something tuned incorrectly or is the technique i'm using wrong? Or could the thickness or the grapefruit's skin be affecting how the machine is running? Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for any feedback.
  4. I'm a first year apprentice (I'll have been tattooing for a year next month). I'm mostly just looking for some advice on mags and shading techniques, as well as advice on good machines. My mentor sticks to a single kind of curved mag and gets good gradients and solids but I can't seem to get the same results. The supplier I like to order from doesn't have a list of mags so you have to know them before you order them. If someone could give me a full list of the different kind of mags and what they're meant for that would be awesome. As far as my shading, I hang the needles out about a nickles width. I have a 3-direction stretch (two fingers and opposite palm) and make small ovals with more oomph on the "push", with a good 45 degree-ish angle. I can get my solid black relatively solid without gnawing the skin but I feel like it takes me a lot longer than it should. I am so intimidated by doing large colour pieces because I feel like my shading is patchy. Even on grayscale pieces, I can't get the washes to look gradient and smooth. I don't know if it's my technique, my machine, or that the needles just aren't the best for what I want from them. As for machines, I am still using my first ones that she gave to me when I was ready. They're decent and the one i use for lining works well, but they're nothing fancy. My lines are very clean, I like to do thicker outlines (a 7 or 9 typically) and I can get good shading on smaller pieces using a round shader with that machine. I like rotaries for their simplicity, I know someone will probably tell me to try coils but quite honestly I never have tried one and my mentor hasn't used them in so long that she doesn't even recommend them anymore. I want to get a couple new rotaries and I've been looking at Bishop Rotaries but there are so many different kinds/suppliers out there that it would be useful to get pointed in the right direction. Sorry for the huge long post but I'd just really like to hear some different opinions.