Difference Between a Liner a Shader Tattoo Machine

Difference Between a Liner a Shader Tattoo Machine

Browse Articles Videos By CategoryFood DrinkHobbies, Games ToysMany aspiring tattoo artists have several questions about the technical aspects of tattooing. It can be difficult to get answers from the tattooing community, so doing your homework on your own is important. One of the most common tattooing questions is about the difference between a liner machine, for outlines and black work, and a shader machine, for shading and coloring. There are enough differences between the two set ups that most tattoo artists keep multiple machines on hand that are set up for either application.One of the most noticeable differences in a tattoo machine set up for lining and one set up for shading is the number of needles and how they are positioned. A machine that is set up for lining will usually use fewer needles than a shading machine so that the work can be more fine and detailed. Liners can be set up with anywhere from one to seven needles, which are positioned in a circle. Shaders are set up with more than four needles, which are usually in a straight line that resembles a comb.

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