A lot of people who have never got a tattoo, and some who have, wonder how a tattoo gun works.
The tattoo machine was invented by Samuel O’Reilly in the late 1800’s, and was based on the design of the autographic printer by Thomas Edison. The assembly is basically made up of three sections: the base, the mechanism, and the tube system which draws the ink through the machine. The reason that the tattoo machine is often called a gun is because people sometimes think the base looks sort of like the handle of a gun. The coils then connect to a DC power supply somewhere between 6 – 12 volts DC, from a spring coiled clip cord.
The sanitary tube sucks the ink in and the needles load up as long as there's ink in the small portion of the tube. Some describe the pain of getting a tattoo as sort of like being pinched or stung by a bee over and over. And if you are looking to actually become a tattoo artist, you definitely need to check out the Aspiring Tattoo Artist’s Guide, as it is the best book out there to teach you what you need to know to become a great tattoo artist.
Thomas Riley used Edison's idea for the electric pen when he created his coil machine used for tattooing.
Butterfly tattoos are a good choice for a first tattoo because the design doesn't need to be big to be striking.
Delicate beauty: a butterfly is small and very delicate, but also very colorful and full of beautiful details.
In Japan they believe that if a butterfly flies into your guestroom, the person you love the most will come to you soon.
In some cultures it means good luck when a butterfly lands on you (imagine the luck you'll be having when you have one on you permanently).


For the ancient Aztecs, butterflies were the souls of deceased warriors or women who died while giving birth. Butterfly tattoos combine well with tribal elements, especially on the lower back because of the symmetrical nature of a butterfly. Lower back butterfly tattoos are usually larger, more stylized butterfly images that stretch across the lower back, one of the most popular places to get a tattoo nowadays (but also known as a tramp stamp). To sum it up: butterfly tattoos are among the most versatile tattoo images, which helps explain their popularity with women. A tattoo machine base is a piece of metal that looks like a rabbit’s ear with a screw in it, bent at a 90 degree angle to hold coils.
The cable is designed to move easily between machines but also stay in place and not fall out and make sparks. The tube is called sanitary because of the cut-out at the bottom of the tube, and can be sanitized and washed out. Butterfly tattoos are a feminine kind of tattoo and come in a great variety of shapes and sizes: colorful or black, stylized or real (like a monarch butterfly tattoo). Butterflies have always been an inspiration for visual arts, such as the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt a couple of thousand years ago. A small butterfly tattoo (life sized or smaller) on an ankle or shoulder can be a pretty and graceful accent to your natural beauty. Having a tattoo of a butterfly symbolizes a new life, a new beginning after having gone through some rough times. On the other hand, it is not so delicate like most people think: contrary to the widespread belief, you can't kill a butterfly by touching its wings.
Tribal butterfly tattoos are often black, or a combination of a colored butterfly with black tribal swirls.


The butterfly image is very symmetrical, so the middle can easily be lined up with the spine, the wings extending on either side. They are inherently feminine, but not necessarily girly, and you can make either a bold or subtle statement.
In the front of the machine there is a rounded hole that is used to hold the sanitary tube. When the needles move in and out of the sanitary tube they get a layer of ink on them and in between them. They are the 4th most popular tattoo design, after tribal, star and cross tattoos and they are probably the most popular design for women and girls. This makes the butterfly wings longer and more stretched out than they would be in nature, but the image can be very attractive. Both the doorbell and the tattoo machine were invented before household electricity was widely available to the general public. At the very top of the mechanism is a set of silver contact points that look like the end of a wire. One side of these coils is connected to the power supply and the other end of the coils to the point on the screw on the rabbit’s ear, and is insulated by the base.



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