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Hey guys! Just thought i could try my luck here, since iv already googled my ass off :notworthy: Im straight up new, and haven"t even practiced on fake skin yet.. (since im waiting for the tip i sadly forgot to order the first time.) So im just playing around reading and learning about the machine and the one thing im really unsure about is how far the needle should go. I know it should be about 1-2 mm, and its the size of a dime or nickel. (correct me if im wrong) But the thing is i cant get my hands on either so i need some good advice on how i can measure so i dont go too deep or too shallow So if you have any tricks up your sleeve or any good advice to keep in mind, or something special you use i would be reeaally happy to know the secret
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All you need to do is push the a-bar down so the needles are fully extended & then adjust the tip so that just 1-2mm of needle is sticking out. Now you just tattoo up to the depth of the tip. This is called riding the tube. This method is the best way of making sure you dont go too deep although differenet body parts need less depth (wrists, neck etc)As you become more experienced & learn to feel the correct depth you can have more of the needle sticking out. However you will now need to make sure you only tatt to the correct depth & cant rely on the tube to stop you.This is a much cleaner method as you generally wont get a large blot of ink on the skin so you can see the needle & where you are going but i dont advise just yet.To get the correct length of needle i used to line it up next to a tape measure. Over time you will learn what the correct depth looks like so wont need to measure it.Hopefully that helps