Setting up a Liner Tattoo Machine / Gun

Liner:Setup for accuracy, speed and definition.  This setup is for outlining tattoos.  A liner machine is characterized by shorter front spring for a shorter stroke.  Smaller gap between front spring and contact screw contact point.  Generally runs faster than a shader.

Setting up Liner: Hold down the armature against coils.  The stroke (space between contact screw and armature bar) length for lining should be quick.  The setup needs to deliver the most amount of ink in shortest possible amount of time.  Adjust the contact screw so that the tip is approximately a dime thickness away from the contact point of the front spring.  This is the starting point, different jobs will require slightly different setups, see what works for you.

By David H.