If you’re just starting out in a tattoo business or just for hobby purpose, then you definitely have to know the basics of tattooing.

Most people might view tattooing as artistic and expressive; it can also be technical, too.

From the tattoo colors, to the machines, you need to familiarize yourself with it all. Being creative for designing tattoo images is not the only thing you should think of. You’ll need to know the important tattoo necessities like the tattoo gun. We’ll show you a quick guide on how to set up a tattoo gun real quick.

Setting up a Tattoo Gun the Right Way

Don’t worry if it’s your first time to do this. The more you practice the more it becomes natural for you to set-up it on your own the next time. For now, just follow the easy steps down below:

Step 1 Organize All the Tattoo Gun Parts

  • This is a basic rule for every equipment or tool. You need to know the parts that come with it. It also applies when purchasing a new Tattoo Gun. Always refer to the Owner’s Manual provided and take time to learn about all the parts presented in front of you.
  • Why is it important to check all the parts? Being well acquainted with the parts will help you better understand the whole assembling process, than just going straight away with assembling the tool without knowing the parts. This will also help you in the future to identify missing parts accidentally and easily replace it with something new.

Step 2 Inspect the Machine

  • After checking all the parts, go ahead and inspect the machine. Check whether there’s a front spring (that resembles a coin) or not. You should also check for the contact screw. Check the distance between the two to gauge if the line that controls it is on or off.
  • If the line controlling the front spring and contact screw is off, this might mess up the tattoo that you’re doing. To fix this, you will need to adjust the screw’s drive that can gauge whether it needs to increase or decrease its distance.

Step 3 Check the Tattoo Needles

  • The needle plays an important role for tattooing. If it’s defective, it might affect the performance of your tattoos and the designs presented. Upon receiving your new sets of needles, always check if it has any defects, if it has been sterilized and the package has never been tampered.
  • Discard or replace any deformed needles. Deformed needles can cause excessive bleeding when tattooing and can hurt your clients and affect your business.
  • Also check the machine’s tube. You will notice that there are two types of tubes, autoclaved and disposable tubes. Check if there are any defects, deformation or the package’s seal has been tampered or damaged. If there is, return it immediately from the supplier and have it replaced.
  • If everything is spick and span, start installing your needle into the tube. Make sure you’re wearing latex gloves to ensure that the tools won’t be contaminated.

Step 4 Start Assembling the Tattoo Gun

  • Check if you have successfully slipped the needle into the tube. Test if the needle is tight enough inside the wingnut (this is the one responsible for connecting the tube to the machine).
  • Then, you’ll have to turn the eye loop of the needle to the left. The left side is where you install the armature bar nipple ring (this is responsible for ensuring that the needle was installed the right way and won’t go loose).
  • Calibrate the right distance of the needle from the tip of the tube. Keep the distance of the needle from the tube for at least .04 inch to .07 inch.
  • Then, find the two screws near the needle and tighten it to secure the needles. Check if it’s loose and just adjust it when you need to.
  • You will need to stabilize the needles by attaching a rubber band around its coils. This can improve the needles performance and provide cleaner finish.

Step 5 Test the Power Supply

  • If you purchased a Tattoo Starter Kit, it will always come with its own power supply. Test if it works perfectly fine. If not, have the supplier replace it immediately and never use it on your clients for safety purposes.
  • If you didn’t purchase the starter kit, you can always purchase the power supply online. Always check for good reviews to ensure that you’re only investing with the right quality.
  • Always check the power supply if it has the proper voltage setting. Its voltage should be at least 1.5 to 18 volts.
  • Also check for the clip cord and footswitch. These two might not be available for typical tattoo starter kits. You can always find these online and look for the one that matches your machine. The clip cord is responsible for connecting the tattoo machine onto the power supply. Once this was successfully installed, you’re good to start your tattoo session.

Important Tips to Remember

  • Never purchase old needles or reuse needles for your next tattoo session. It’s very unhygienic and can pose risks to your client. Always use new needles to every client.
  • Do not perform any tattoo to anyone if you’re not an expert. There’s courses offered to have you certified. If you’re interested to become a tattoo artist, you’ll need to train and be certified first.

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