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Lets take a step back

Posted by SlenderJim on 09/28/10


This is just for fun, what was your first tattoo machine you had/purchase when you started tattooing legally or illegally? I first started as a scratcher so my first tattoo machine was a $70 Jonsey nock off from Jokertattoo.net. God how time has past, I actually still have it for memory with new coils and springs and guess what? I still use it rarely for fun and can do killer tattoos with it. After that i purchase more quality like junbug, Next Gen, JCarlton and etc. So guys what was your first machine and what experience did you had with it?



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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by Tony on 09/28/10


I like this, My first 2 machines were a spaulding stinger liner, and a time machine gforce shader. I still use a rebuilt version of the stinger alot, its a great frame in my opinion. The time machine on the other hand.. it was great at the time, i guess, and basically taught me just about everything i ever needed to know about what you can make a machine do.. that ones been retired for at least 4 years now, i got sick of how often i had to tinker with it. But still, its fun to be able to make a frame a tight cutback or a very slow longframed machine.


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by zaxxon on 09/29/10


Cliff White Old Timer from Unimax.


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by zaxxon on 09/29/10


,,, in a kit with one of those little switch things for a power supply.


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by chris on 09/29/10


i started off with 1 machine (used for lining and shading) it was a "Viper" from Superior. then i got a plex side plate form superior, that vibrated itself to death and fell apart.,,that was 17 years ago hahaha! i just recently ran into a guy who was talking about apprenticing,,he walked in with 2 superior machines,,i started laughing!!


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by Trent on 09/29/10


When I first started you could not buy tattoo machines in New Zealand, period! you could not even buy us dollars. I managed to get a US $5.00 bill off a sailor in port and got Spauldings first catalogue in black and white through the mail. I used the picture of their tattoo machines as a guide and made myself one. I used coils from an old humber 80 auto, the spring was from a feeler gauge, everything else was made in my shed.
It looked good and worked quite well, only thing was I didn't know that the picture in the catalogue had been blown up about 50% so as I made it to scale it was a big mother! Also remember while using it my foot switch died (horn button from the same humber 80) so I had to strip off the wire and tie a loop around my toe and used that to finish the tattoo, shocks and all. This was 30 years or more ago, how spoilt are we now?


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by Tony on 09/29/10


Thats awesome Trent ! Everyone at the shop just had a great laugh, and we admire your ingenuity !


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by LittleJohn on 09/29/10


My first two machines were Joe Kaplan aluminum's ...a liner and a shader. I use Precision and National machines as my daily drivers now. I remember back then that Kaplan ink was so thick it would stand up in the cap like an ice cream cone!


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by Gustav on 09/29/10


I admire Trent's persistence and good old fashioned Kiwi ingenuity.

I bought two Mickey Sharpz for my son quite a few years ago and I still remeber they cost a lot of money even then. Bought a Seth Ceferri liner, a #2 a year and a hallf later and did not enjoy that experience one bit and we went from there and tried over the years everything Junebug, Cain, FK, Dringenberg, Carlton, Clark and others. Some were quite good and some were not.


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by shadow on 09/29/10


Hey Trent, that's awesome man. Where there's a will there's a way. My first machine was a little aluminum deal from Precision. Worked good, loud as hell though. I let an artist who was down on his luck borrow it a few years ago then heard through the grapevine that he had gotten into meth (goddamnit) and decided to take the whole thing apart. The only way I found out was that I was tattooing a guy and he informed me that this person had tried to sell it to him, in pieces, and the guy I was working on didn't even tattoo. No good deed goes unpunished. I no longer do charity work without making them pee in a cup for drug testing first!


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by Ryan C. on 09/29/10


Two brass Kaplan East Coast machines. Still run the liner from time to time today. It's a hoss !!!!


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by jimmy Utah on 10/07/10


Fun Topic...
My first machine was a Paco, I ran the hell out of that machine, Drenched it in Madicide 5-10 times a day.(back in the day when I would do little tattoos for 50 bucks After the capacitor burned out I gave it to my shop mate who fucked with it for about a year until. I had paco rebuild it for me a few months ago then sold it.


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by Blackburn on 10/07/10


Wow, this is a cool topic. I had a Superior kit, skull machine, prism inks, and one of those power supplies that plugs into the wall that has only four adjustments for volts. Wow. I used that for a while, then I got some Bicknee machines and a power supply from Technical....with no 10 turn. Once I started working in a shop the owner told me to throw my stuff out and handed me a Micky Sharpz catalog. Then it was 2 Sharpz t dials. That was back in 04 and I still use them now and they run great. Now It's Pulse and Sharpz


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by paulie on 10/08/10


i was about 14 and had been hand-pricking designs into my leg with a sharpened quill and india ink... (i know... pretty gross and un-hygenic but i was clueless) i thought nobody knew, but one day my mom's boyfriend (who has since died but was the coolest fucking guy ever) just showed up with a box full of leftover shit from someone he knew. he gave me a couple dozen needles, a stainless 5rl tube-tip combo, a bottle of black starbright and (the best part) a no-name handmade cutback liner that i still have. it looked like it had been welded together from scrap metal and was the most awesome thing i had ever seen. he said if i was going to be doing it i might as well have the right stuff, just don't work on others till i got an apprenticeship.like any teenager i of course ignored his advice and 12 years later here i am. i still have the machine he gave me, and i often think about how things would have turned out if he had never seen my whack-ass leg pokings and went out on a limb for me. r.i.p. gustavo benavides.


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by paulie on 10/08/10


hahahaha....and i just remembered the best part: the pwer supply had a old school display (one of those little needles that points to a number) but it could not stay steady at one voltage so the little pointer looked like it was constantly having a seizure


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by travelingtom on 10/10/10


this is some funny shit, i also started out with a kaplan machine, then i got a spaulding stinger and a puma shader, i re built the stinger and i use it everyday. everything else i will be using workhoarse irons


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by Ray X Kiwi on 10/11/10


I don't hope that you think I am old (70) as I have now been tattooing 54 years and still going strong. I started tattooing in New Zealand in 1956 I had to make my own machines from scratch from a blueprint bought from Johnny Lee Tattoo Supplies in Melbourne Australia for 7shillings & 6pence. I am a Fitter & Turner by trade so I was lucky and we had a foundry at work so I made a wooden pattern of a frame and had 8 frames cast. I made all of the parts including the coils all hand wound. Foot switch was by courtesy of a 42 Ford truck floor starter switch. Power supply as there were no DC power supplies then was AC from a transformer made by an Electrical Co. Then 4 years later I bought 4 diodes and made a bridge rectifier and made my own DC power supply and also using a rheostat from Milt Ziess completed the setup.


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by paulie on 10/11/10


(responding to the post above) wow! that is really awesome, man... you must have really wanted it to go through all that to do what people nowadays can do by opening a catalog... the understanding and dominion you must have over your machines is something most of us will never even be able to grasp. do you have any of your work online? i would really really love to see it


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by munkey spunk on 10/11/10


my first was a spaulding supreme in pieces.I assembled it by lookin at the pic in the cataog.I had absolutly no idea that the coils were wired together so I just soldered one lead to the front and the other to the rear b post.that sucker heated up and threw a spark from the contact like a lighting bolt!!
so after i took it to the local shop and well a while after the guy stoped laughing his ass off he told me what goes where and well kinda turned into an aprentice.then after a while he vouched for me and got my national jonsey(which I still use today but totaly rebuilt)..
when i think back it makes me laugh to this day.


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by legion666 on 10/11/10


I started as a scratcher fresh out of prison-saved 13,000 over a 15yr period and bought a superior kit for 1300, just for the sterilizers and bought 3 time machines, 3 infinites, and 3 off of ink trails tattoo forum---since then I haved worked in shops in maine, florida, tennessee, and now Ohio...Everything has been stolen except 2 of my time machines fusions that I use as daily drivers...It' been a long hard road---but I'm still at it...


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RE:Lets take a step back

Posted by Dman on 10/11/10


I started off with 2 iron dials from ITS, and a puma from Spaulding, then rebuilt them with hand turned coils and hand cut springs. I built a bridge rectified power supply out of RadioShack parts and jammed em all into an old nintendo. After a year I upgraded to 2 Next Generation Orions.


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