This week for my personal learning project it was time to get a little more hands on. I got my first tattoo machine from Tyler. It is one of his old ones but it will do me just fine. I don’t have the refined skills it takes to notice the difference in machine weight, balance, hit and throw, etc. Plus at this point I just want to start tattooing some very simple shapes and lines on practice materials. That’s the good news, the bad news is that he only has one power supply. The power supply is exactly as it sounds; the part that provides power to the tattoo machine. Just like everything else there are pros and cons to tattoo machine power supplies. My mentor (Tyler) uses an Eikon power supply, the Eikon EMS420 to be exact. It retails for $329.00 (CAD) and looks like this:
I however will not be investing that kind of money into a power supply quite yet. So I ordered this power supply instead:
It’s from Hildbrandt Tattoo Supplies and retails for around $12.99 (USD). That’s a little more in the price range of an aspiring tattooist. So now the wait is on. My machine is set up. The needles are ready. All we need is power.
In the mean time I practiced some drawings based on my last blog post. I did one drawing for each category.
Black and White Realism:
I haven’t started colour realism as it is for sure the most challenging and time consuming. Once I find a subject matter that inspires a commitment of that level I will start a piece.
For now I will wait patiently for my power supply and continue to practice my drawing skills.
Thanks for reading! Have a great week.