Liner & Shader Dragonhawk tattoo machines

Many aspiring tattoo artists have questions 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 is the length of the Front spring.

Shader tattoo machines will have a longer spring than liner machine.

Another is the movement and strength.

When drawing an outline for a tattoo, the tattooist is taught to avoid stopping as much as possible. To accommodate this need for a smooth outline, liners move faster and have less power within them. Having less power isn't a major drawback because the shader uses its power to flesh the tattoo out later on.

Shaders also need more power to accommodate the larger number of needles. And if it wasn’t as powerful, the colours wouldn’t appear as vibrant and bold as they need to be. Third coils and needles.

The Fine Liner machine is equipped with 8 Wrap coils and recommended for pushing smaller configurations from 3 to 7R needle groupings.

The standard liner machine is equipped with 10 Wrap coils and runs at a medium speed with a solid long stroke that is suitable for all line work using from 9 to 14R needle groupings.

The standard Shader machine is equipped with 10 Wrap coils and provides a medium, soft hit at a medium stroke that is suitable for smaller mags and round shader work including black and grey.It recommended for pushing smaller configurations from 5 to 15M needle groupings.

The coloring machine is equipped with 10 Wrap coils and runs at a medium speed with a soft hit and a medium stroke that is suitable for pushing larger needle groupings from 15- 25M while doing solid black work, color packing and whip shading.