hello all, i htoughtthat the following email correspondence would be a good thing to post on this board because of the informational nature of the discussion, and cuz i get questions like this all the time so i figure people mite be interested in reading this...
Hey nick, i was suprised to hear you used tcm needles..alot of people out
my way use the premade, then i have some that talk mad shit on
premade...snobs, in my opinion. i was just wondering what you liked and
disliked about the premades from worldwide....since i live a half hour away
from tcm..thanks, nick...joe...
joe--i like the floppiness of the tcms (most of the time--for certain things
its not as good as a stiffer formation) because that lends itself well to
very smooth shading and blending and more passes over an area, which i tend to do just because of how i tattoo and paint. i also like that they are very thin needles with long tapered points, as opposed to thicker guage with shorter tapered points--this lends itself well to fine details and
subleties, which i also tend to end up doing in alot of my work. the last
thing is that they are fairly consistent in how they are made, aka not much
change from batch to batch/order to order. they train their cheap asian
slave labor well i guess....or something.
things i dont like are the occasional inconsistencies, which may sound like a contradiction to what i just said, but what i mean is that despite how consistent they seem to be, the defects that do happen are still annoying even if they are infrequent (like sloppy soldering, or sloppy formation). umm what else...it takes a little while to get used to how fucking tight they solder their liners down...a three round from them is practially like a single needle it seems sometimes, and a tight seven from them is like an average to loose three or tight five from someone else.
i think thats it...