How Does A Tattoo Machine Work?

You may have an existing tattoo or would like to get one. But have you ever wondered how a tattoo machine works?

A tattoo machine is a hand held device that creates a permanent marking on the skin using a permanent ink. There are basically three types of machines. These are the rotary type, dual coil, and pneuma type. As the name implies, the rotary machine uses rotary technology. Coil machines are based on electromagnetic technology. These are thought to produce cleaner and darker tattoos. Pneuma types are machines that run on air compression. These are said to be lighter than the other types. However, these are relatively new and not yet very popular among tattoo professionals.

The machines are typically made up of a sterilised needle, a motor, a tube system that draws ink through the machine, and a foot pedal to control the vertical movement of the needle.

The machine creates a tiny puncture wound each time it injects ink into the skin. The needle moves up and down to drive pigment into the skin. Modern machines can control the speed, force, and depth of application.  This has made it possible for tattooing to become a precise art form.

If you recently had a tattoo or are planning to get one, it is important to know that although seen as an art form, a tattoo actually creates injury on the skin. The break in the skin is an opportunity for bacteria to enter and create infection. It is important to take care of the wound and use an appropriate tattoo aftercare lotion. There are still some tattoo artists that recommend bepanthen but you should be aware that this is a nappy cream and not specifically made to be used for tattoo aftercare. Because of this, there have been reported adverse effects and allergic reactions on tattooed areas. When considering an aftercare cream for your tattoo, take a closer look at the ingredients. Grapeseed oil is a wonderful antioxidant and has wonderful healing properties.