Do you want to be a part of the solution? or would you choose to be part of the problem? do you even realize that there is a problem? By not choosing, you are part of the problem.
What is the problem?
The problem is NOT that the Chinese are making our industry cheap by manufacturing cheap machines.
The problem is NOT the stupid TV shows that paint tattooing in such a lame and inaccurate way.
The problem is not the suppliers selling substandard products - spring gauges that you will never use such as .015 - .016 and .020 and higher... and the blue springs... which are a low grade tempered and stiffer than the gauge that they are labeled...
THE PROBLEM is the ignorant artist who does not realize that even a Chinese machine can be made good - the specs are the same, there is little difference between Chinese 1010 steel and American 1010 steel... 24g copper magnet wire and Chinese 24g copper magnet wire, which is mined in South Africa!! So, country is irrelevant... it's the specs that count, and the hands that that machine are in.
TO BE A TRUE PROFESSIONAL, ONE MUST BE ABLE TO DIAGNOSE AND REPAIR HIS / HER MACHINE. IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND YOUR MACHINE, THEN YOU DO NOT TRULY UNDERSTAND WHAT GOES ON WHEN THE NEEDLE GOES IN. THIS WILL HAVE AN AFFECT ON THE FINAL RESULT.
There are a lot of artists who are who expect the machine to do it all for them. If you deny it, then look at the facts:
- Pre made needles - made for you, are all the needles in that grouping the same taper? doubtful... in many cases, made in china - some short tapers and some long in the same 9 mag grouping.
RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU MAKE YOUR OWN NEEDLE GROUPINGS? WE DO, EVERYDAY.
- Pre packaged disposable tubes... made to order...
Most artists are too SCARED TO LEARN that:
- Buying by brand is a JOKE. How many 'reputable' manufacturers actually tattoo?
-By saying a MACHINE IS BAD you are showing you ignorance and inexperience in this TRADE...if a machine has a set of coils mounted on a frame with a capacitor, has a connector post wether it be RCA or clip cord, an upper binding post with a contact screw, a set of springs attached to an armature bar... then how bad is it????
An email from an inexperienced unqualified artist prompted this blog...the poor guy is looking for answers and doesn't even trust himself to learn how to diagnose, tune, rebuild and modify his machines, he rattles off name brands as if they mean anything or as if they will give him some kind of authority... all he can do is blame...
He is blaming because he actually has NO CLUE on machine function: the most important tool of this trade!!! I cant even imagine what his tattoo work looks like!!!
- Godoy seminar Italy - 2004, 140 people!
SO.... in a nutshell...BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION! YOU WONT FIND ANSWERS BY BLAMING, THREATENING OR BEING INCOMPETENT ... UNDERSTAND YOUR MACHINE, UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE DOING WHEN YOU ARE TATTOOING PEOPLE , UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR CLIENT FEELS AND HOW EASY YOUR TATTOO GOES IN WITH PRECISION AND FINESSE WHEN THE MACHINE IS TUNED PERFECTLY, UNDERSTAND THAT YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO TROUBLE SHOOT ISSUES AND THAT HOW MACHINE FUNCTIONS IS UP TO YOU.
BLAMING SHOWS INCOMPETENCE AND INEXPERIENCE...WOULD YOU TAKE A CAR TO A MECHANIC WHO DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO USE A WRENCH???
OK...GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER, STEP OUT OF YOUR EGO DRIVEN TATTOO UNIFORM AND BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION.
THIS GUY IS A PROFESSIONAL IN HIS OWN WAY- FINDING SOLUTIONS... RESPECTFULLY.
HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE BOUGHT A MACHINE AND BEEN DISAPPOINTED? AND NOT HAD THE WORDS TO DESCRIBE SPECIFICALLY WHY?
HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE WANTED TO TAKE THE MACHINE APART WITH THE GOAL OF FINDING THE ANSWER BUT WERE TOO SCARED THAT YOU WOULD RE ASSEMBLE IT AND HAVE IT RUN WORSE THAN IT WAS BEFORE?
HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE WANTED TO RETURN YOUR MACHINE TO THE SUPPLIER BECAUSE YOU FELT THAT IT WAS A PIECE OF SHIT, AND ALL THE Y COULD DO FOR YOU WAS EXCHANGE IT FOR ONE THAT WAS WORSE?
IT IS UP TO YOU TO EDUCATE YOURSELVES. TO LEARN THIS INFORMATION, STOP THE BLAMING & START LEARNING!
WE WILL BE DOING A SEMINAR OCT. 17 AT PAINFUL PLEASURES IN HANOVER MARYLAND. CONTACT THEM TO REGISTER.
THE ONLY WAY TO BEAT THIS WAVE OF IGNORANCE IS TO BE BETTER. BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION.