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Tattoo gun set up

I have no instructions with a tattoo gun that i have just bought to set it up from scratch i have searched the web but still cant find anything that will help me

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  • whealink
    whealink Feb 23, 2008

    my gun keeps spittin most ov the ink out whn i start it plz hlp

  • jafari6969 Feb 28, 2008

    i just baught a tattoo gun and someone told me that it had to be calibrated. but i don't know how to do that.

  • Jerseychic Apr 19, 2008

    Same thing, bought kit, has everything except directions and a lot of funny things i never saw before, Bought on ebay almost $300 and has no brand name on it, only says made in CHINA and a serial number that dont come up on the internet

  • Anonymous May 25, 2008

    I have many tattoos and a skill of drawing. I know the basics of tattooing and bought a kit online with every thing. I want to start learning but I can't set the gun up. I hook everything up like I'm supposed to but it is not coming on when I press the pedal. Does anyone know what could be the problem. The kit is new from a tattoo supply vendor. I can't practice if I can't get the gun to work correctly. And for those of you who think I want to tattoo myself or others until, No - I want to do it the right way but don't have time to live at a local tattoo shop. Thanks for any help possible! "Big Daddy"

  • Terry Watson
    Terry Watson May 25, 2008

    I have many tattoos and a skill of drawing. I know the basics of
    tattooing and bought a kit online with every thing. I want to start
    learning but I can't set the gun up. I hook everything up like I'm
    supposed to but it is not coming on when I press the pedal. Does anyone
    know what could be the problem. The kit is new from a tattoo supply
    vendor. I can't practice if I can't get the gun to work correctly. And
    for those of you who think I want to tattoo myself or others until, No
    - I want to do it the right way but don't have time to live at a local
    tattoo shop. Thanks for any help possible! "Big Daddy"

  • jock21 Jun 11, 2008

    got the gun-just no instructions need step by step picture setup if you can

  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008

    ive bought a tat kit and im just woundering how to set it up ive done a couple of tats on my self they look ok , but i just want to know about the tensioner on the back what setting do i need it to be and about the tips and needle what length can you help

  • Anonymous Jul 10, 2008

    i cant put the needle on

  • Arneee Aug 02, 2008

    free instructions on how to set up a wingli hero tattoo gun

  • Anonymous Aug 06, 2008

    got tattoo kit online and dont no how to put it to gether

  • Anonymous Aug 15, 2008

    tattoo gun won't buzzzzzz

  • Anonymous Sep 01, 2008

    just bought a kit n got no instructions on how 2 set it up?

  • albatrossmot Sep 08, 2008

    I have put the gun together but the needle drops down and there are little rubber bands which I am not sure of their job. Has anyone got a diagram they can pass on to me ? Thanks.

  • jonboy69 Oct 13, 2008

    bought a tattoo kit but got no instructions on how to set it up does anyone have any info on this please

  • sketco Nov 14, 2008

    i just bought a tattoo gun kit but there are no instructions and i need to know how to set it up from scratch so know how it all works.

  • tdonohue90 Dec 02, 2008

    i've been trying to set up my tattoo gun but i dont know how to hook up the rubber bands. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!! tdonohue90@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2009

    Just got a new set and do not know how to set it up and have no instructions

  • mikerefino Mar 13, 2009

    i need detailed instructions for the "1 gun series tattoo kit machine - copper g".

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    got a tattoo kit with no instructions, need to know how to set up all this parts.

  • apalenapa Apr 20, 2009

    i just a bought a tattoo gun without any instructions

    can you help?

  • beandarker
    beandarker Jul 19, 2012

    ive tattoo,d befor but many moons ago and the machines were rotory so i need to know how to set up my new sparky,s ive tried but they tend to scratch so any advice would be very welcome,thank you

  • jon grant
    jon grant Feb 03, 2016

    For anyone from th U.K the distance between the armature bar (spring) and the tightening screw,
    Liner; Dime= .5mm, Shader; Nickel= 1mm
    Information thats highly sort after between us amatures. Oh and the tightening screw at the top is usualy set at 1pm

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First off, all your information is ********. Any **** that says to get an apprenticeship is full of himself and all the info I have heard is useless and you guys are sucking your own dicks... Everyone works differently and there are alot of right ways. An apprenticeship is bs, no one has the time to sit around in a shop for no pay, and be someones ***** for over a year and do the grunt work only to work in a retail shop with little to no skills, because of people like some of you who wont help the guy trying to learn who may be a great artist. I did my time and took a formal apprenticeship, and did not learn anything but basic knowledge and how to survive without pay. I have been tattooing for aver 12 years and work in a very high end salon with plenty of clients who love my work. Learning is doing, and there are lots of ways to learn. Safety and sterility is the most important, never forget that... research that before you even touch a machine. Practice on fruit like oranges, old leather jackets or practice skins, they are easy to find. Tuning the machine is a process and takes some time, but is very important, and every power supply is different and requires different voltage. If you want the low down on tuning I will be happy to break it down from scratch for anyone who agrees to the fact that false information from some high and mighty ********* who is probably pretending they are the ****, and the give bad advice and create more shitty artists, then give me some thumbs up to this response and I will break it down like a real pro instead of leading you along and pulling the get an apprenticeship card, or "its not a gun its a machine" line. If it does not work for you, I will admit I am a ***** who does not know what he is talking about. I will answer by tomorrow if you are a so called "scratcher" and need help... Everyone deserves a chance and no one should deny anyone that right or give out ******** advice.

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  • GattAttack Oct 16, 2010

    I have been doing my own tattoos for about two years now. I have done four on my body and plenty on family members who trust my work. I'm not sure what cause it, but as of a week or two ago, my machine just won't work anymore. I plug everything in, attach the cables to the gun, but the machine won't buzz a bit. Nothing at all. No matter how much I tune the voltage or togle the tension screws and everything, nothing happens. It's like my machine just died completely. I thought it may have been the one machine in particular, so I unhooked the cables and put them on my spare machine, only to get the same exact result. They both worked perfectly fine before the random screw ups starting happening. Any idea what could be going on with my machine? My email is xxlittlegattxx@live.com , is you could get back to me, I would greatly appreciate it.

  • smilz2010 Jan 01, 2011

    coils... 8 wrap, 10 wrap or 12 wrap..... they do wear out....contact me @ smilz2010@hotmail.com

  • sparkles 615 Jan 06, 2011

    You should maybe get new cables even thoough they nake wrok on something else doent mean it can be powerful enough to work on the tattoo gun

  • sokizzme Jul 22, 2011

    can u please explain how to set up mt tattoo gun kit ?

  • Anthony J Weaver Sep 02, 2011

    I can help you set it up just give me a call at 17178022689

  • Anthony J Weaver Sep 02, 2011

    An apprenticeship is a very important part of tattooing its tradition. I get what your getting at with ****** teachers. I had the same problem but i do believe that i excelled just being in the shop. So i cant quite agree on you that not haveing one is better you just have to find one that you are going to have fun at and learn a good bit. You have to pay your dues at first by cleaning tubes, making stencils, moping, cleaning, setting up, and what not. It gets you into a good rutine on things that are the most important. Having a clean shop and learning how to keep it sterilized is more important than learning to lay ink at first.

  • Xaydn13 Nov 02, 2011

    Email me xaydn13@yahoo.com I'm doing good for now been doing it for a year now but still don't know everything like tuning I do what sounds right the go to work. Ive done a good 10 tattoos could use some more help.

  • consumebyart May 18, 2012

    I doubt you'll see this since it has been quite a while since this was posted. But I just wanted to thank-you. I recently started to get back into tattooing...I completed an apprenticeship some years ago but it didn't work out with the Shop. I did a good amount of tattoos and have never felt happier than while doing them. When my dream was shattered I got discouraged and went to college...anyway I just missed it so much and decided to try again. I am trying to refresh my memory and have been trying doing research online to help me but all I kept seeing was negative comments, it made me feel like sh**. I felt like I was back with the same people who reluctantly taught me....but your comments make me feel like I can fully accomplish that dream I started long ago. Tattooing is a permanent fixture in my heart, art in general is. I've been in love with art my whole life, I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil. I have taken every art class I can possibly take. Now I can do what I think I might be born to do thanks to y renewed confidence. Thank you so much!!!!! : ) its hard to find friendly people who don't make u feel like an idiot when u ask a simple question, that is why I have been using the internet instead of going and asking my old "teachers" but its great to see you helping others, a rare find. Thanks again.

  • consumebyart May 18, 2012

    I doubt you'll see this since I believe it was posted a while back. But I just wanted to thank-you. I recently started to get back into tattooing ...I completed an apprenticeship some years ago but it didn't work out with the shop.....I did a good amount of tattoos that people said they are happy with and that I'm proud of. I have never been happier than when I was tattooing. When my dream was shattered I went to college LOL...anyway I just missed it so much and decided to try again. I have been trying to refresh my memory and doing online research to help me but all I have found was negative comments which made me feel like s***. I feel so discouraged when I read those. I felt like I was back with the people who "taught" me reluctantly. Which is why I didn't ask them in the first place to help refresh my memory. And it turns out that most people online are also reluctant to help others. But word of mouth and cooperation between others is a major contribution to the begginings of tattooing. Artists would get together and trade information, artists like Ed Hardy and Sailor Jerry would convene with Japanese artists, etc, thus the convention was also born. Why can't people who all love the same thing rid this profession of negativity, contempt and negative competition? Education without prejudice seems a never ending battle. But your comments make me feel like I can fully accomplished a dream that I started long ago. Tattooing is a permanent fixture in my heart, art in general is. I've been in love with art my whole life. I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil and I have taken every art class that has been accessible to me. And now I can do what I think I might be born to do with renewed confidence and you are a big contribution to my renewal. I hope that others with the same love of art will not let anyone or anything make them feel unworthy of accomplishing their dreams. Thank you so very much!!!!! : )

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First off you should of never bought a "kit", you should start with an apprenticeship with an artist near you. Setting up your machines is a tricky process when you dont know what your doing, Im going to assume that you have no idea what capacitor is on your machine? I will give the basics since I dont know what machine your using, the gap between your a-bat and coil should be the thickness of a dime, and a nickel for shading. Place your needle in the tube and slide in the vise and put on the a-bar. Take about 3 elastic bands and place them around the needle and the the back of the machine, this is done to make sure the needle does not jump around on you. Set your power supply to no more than 6.5 volts, since your not using that many needles you don't need the power. When you tighten the vice around your tube you want to make sure that there is a very very small amount of the actual tip of the needle sticking out. Before you even think of tattoing someone else try doing a few on yourself, and if your not happy with the results at least then someone else wont be wearing your mistake

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  • FTTP Nov 04, 2010

    people, practice on Apples, Lemons, Oreanges and use pen ink for that
    and don't be sad

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Basically the only way to learn is to find an artist nice enough to show you the ropes. Other options... the grueling process of apprenticeship. Seems most tattoo shops act as if its some exclusive secret and you have to be special to do tattoos. Grab a tattoo machine, learn how to be sanitary on a medical level, learn the basics of your tattoo machine, buy a slab of fresh pig hide and go to town!! dont let the tattoo artists bring you down by instantly rejecting your thoughts of tattooing whether it be at home for personal use or prospects of working at a shop. Its not that special and its not exclusive, you do not need to be an "artist" just have a steady hand and know how to follow a line, like back in kindergarten :)
good day people

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  • seekutaking May 15, 2011

    you know nothing of tattooing unless u do it and no you have to be an artist to do tattoos u have to learn the techniques of tatting and most people can't do it so if your not serious about tattoing dont waste your time
    if your not a artist how can you call urself a tattoo artist your jusy a guy that dose tattoos "and most of those do very ugly tattoos" give about 5-10 years of your life to tattooing then make an opinioin

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You may have figured this out already, but I had the same problem. I just got a kit and it came with no instructions whatsoever. So I went to expertvillage.com. There's quite a few videos to help you figure it all out.

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First and foremost its not a GUN it's a MACHINE. GUNS kill people and is a very offensive term to a tattoo artist. As for the post from the yournotgod person, no its not secret what we do however it is a permenant drawing on a fellow human. there is far more techique and science involved than you think. and to throw in another fun fact many states have made it illeagal to tattoo in a home or any other area besides a licensed tattoo shop. in fact large parts of nevada have penelties such as 50,000 $ fine and attempted murder charge. alaska is 10-20,000$ in fines. most people tattooing out of a home are also tattooing minors so in washington state it is considered child abuse for any person to tattoo a minor and schools are required to contact cps. alon with losing your license and ability to be licensed in the US along with up to 25,000 in fines and 2 yrs in prison the parents get investigated by cps and may lose their child to the state. not to mention the simple things like the spread of disese to you your family and your client proper steril process includes a clave and those start well over a grand....pressure cookers are not the same thing. hep a, b or c hiv are not near as scarry as things like mrsa the others kill you but mrsa will get pricy and disfigure you and 40% of the population of the planet carry it. you cannot learn tattoo in a day or a week or even 6 months there are steps to the process and the people who have been doing it know those steps. apprenticships are not what you see on miami ink. most of us that teach others to tattoo are pretty nice. for the safety of your self your family and your "client" get trained properly.

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  • millervida Apr 17, 2011

    wow...that was pretty D*CK head answer there.....wasnt really nessasary to rip theis persons *** apart over a question on how to fix his"gun"nothing you rattled on about has anything to do with putting power to his "gun".....u dont know if he going to tat on anybody right now...i hate judgemental people..if u didnt want to tall him how then u shouldnt even answered..i am a hell of an artist and i do tats too and when someone has interest or questions i jump off my pedastelo and answer there questions not lecture them and accuse them of giving people disieses or killing someone.....tattoo artists like you **** me off!

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    beandarker Jul 19, 2012

    im glad i live in the uk for a start all the stupid laws,i.e. atemted murder charges and all that. i understand about all the diseases you can catch through tattoing. most of the equipment you buy today is diposable so i carn,t understand why you carn,t tattoo at home. i used to tattoo years ago befor the tattoo boom started. i had a shop but unfortunatley someone broke in and stole all my equipment. i was more worried about getting public liability insurance than insuring the equipment and the shop! my father said to me if i hadn,t been robbed i would be a millionaire by now there were only 3 tattoist where i live now there is one on ever street. i have got some good qualifications in art so i can draw aswell. i,ve bought some new equipment but things have changed when i was tattoing we used rotory machines now all the machines are all sparky,s and im having trouble on how to set them up, any help would be very greatfull thank you!

  • chas hooper May 27, 2015

    I was wandering how long it would take for someone to correct gun b/s.G.damn those states ain't fuckin around ..Texas aain't that strict as far as I know I mean they ain't playing ..I've been using a machine from a kit for about5-6 yrs now no problems from it.oh yeah I been tattooing for about 20+yrs.
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Hi i got a tatto kit for personal use and for tattoing equuipmont not people but i am having a problam geting the iarn going i have pluged it all in push on the foot pedle and it is just cliking/pushing the nedle dawn ones not vibrating whats rong can s=any one help

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Ive got a question, ive been tattooing for 4 yrs, but! ive never fixed my own guns or done maintenance ive always sent them to my good friend who is a gun builder but im in dier need as he is on holiday in africa mobile costs are immense, heres my problem... i brought a percy waters machine which i found where you put the clip cord is so tight it felt un natural so i changed it i think i blew the capacitor but not sure when i put in on and push the pedal my amps and volts jump up to a lot.... can you help lol

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Can anyone tell me what i shoul run my machine on what power should it ay for both machines?
Many thanks

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I have some info on how to maintain your machines and what your volts should be at, i was very lucky to do my apprenticeship with a great man and he gave me alot of info at that sort of stuff, leenie@hotmail.com

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You shouldn't have gotten a tattoo gun kit if you don't even know how to set it up!

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  • nick88999 Jul 18, 2011

    thats why use the kit to learn how to set it up and tattoo u fuckin idiot

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    panda_93 Jan 11, 2013

    its like saying, ' you shouldn't buy a bike if you dont know how to ride it' how on earth are you supposed to learn how to use something without owning it

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