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Traditional needle configurations

Post by Valleykat on Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:14 am

Hey all I am new to the forum and to tattooing.
I wanna ask:
What are standard needles used in american traditional work. Liners and shaders.
I just want a go to setup. I am about to order some needles.

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Re: Traditional needle configurations

Post by Loulou on Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:29 pm

it depends on the size of the design your tattooing for traditional i use loose 9 or 14 liners

shading i like 11 mags and for colour and 7 or 9 round shaders for pokey bits but if your using big needles buy the best you can dont cut corners with any of your stock last of all needles and ink
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Post by Valleykat on Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:23 pm

Nice thank you! I ordered some kuro sumi ink and id say mid grade needles they are called "beyond" i also have silver back xxxx greywash series i am planning on doing this piece soon
https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/19/61/53/42/image10.jpg

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Post by Loulou on Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:13 pm

i would invest in some dynamic , kuro sumi heals blue
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Re: Traditional needle configurations

Post by tyler300888 on Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:03 pm

Like Lou said it really depends on the size of the tattoo, buy the best you can afford. I bought cheap needles once when I first started and they were shit... Never again.
Iv never tried kuro sumi, I use kokkai sumi for line work and solid black.
With the pic you mentioned about doing soon, if it was me tattooing and I was going by that as my reference, I would probably only shade the darker areas and blend  it out to skin tone.
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Post by Dmerit on Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:26 pm

When I first started 30 odd years ago it was all traditional and the most common needles used were 3 liners and 12 rounds... Apparently 7 round for shading was more popular in America,,, the needles were pretty much the same thickness,,, size 12 but they seem righter together at the tips, giving a thinner line.... Melting they solder at the tips of the needles to make the liners a bit thicker gives a nice line..

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