How to Set a Tattoo Gun for a Shader

How to Set a Tattoo Gun for a Shader

Browse Articles Videos By CategoryFood DrinkHobbies, Games ToysLoad a new needle into your tattoo gun. In professional, licensed tattoo shops, needles are packaged in sterile blister packs and are used only for the specific client and tattoo. The parts of the gun that house the needles are sterilized in an autoclave for sanitary purposes. Shading needles come in a variety of styles, from a single needle to several needles mounted together in a bar shape. It is the artist’s choice which style to use, and often each artist has a particular way to set up the tattoo gun.Use a sterile water and ink combination when shading lighter areas. Some artists prepare a wash, or diluted ink solution, ahead of the tattoo process. Others prefer to dip in ink, then the sterile water. Other solutions, such as witch hazel, are used by some tattoo artists, but the main result desired in this step is to create a thinner ink so the shading appears faded. The ink can be thinned at different rates as well to create a fadeout effect, going from darker to nearly invisible at the outer edges where the tattoo ends.

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