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2: I started using rotary tattoo machines late 2005 or so, mostly because I was intrigued by how carefree and lightweight they seemed. To this day I still have great admiration for traditional linear tattoo machines, I just prefer rotary machines. I wanted a machine that would allow me to concentrate on my artwork, not on worrying why it was spitting or chattered, I just want to pick up my machine and tattoo. It certainly took some time to get used to using a rotary, at least for me it did. I instantly loved the aforementioned attributes; however the frame bothered me tremendously. It added the majority of the weight, with no benefit. It seemed to me that the frame could be reduced significantly without affecting the machines operation thus creating and even lighter machine. Around 2007 I was lucky enough to meet a great guy by the name of Mark Miller, a machinist by trade and lover of tattoos. I gave Mark a quick sketch of my idea and in a few days he came back with this beauty. I realized quickly that although this was a better frame it still could and needed to be lightened quite a bit. I hadn't considered changing any of the machines functionality until this point. Once I did though, it was as if flood gates opened and ideas just poured in. | HereÂ’'s where it all | ROTARYcontributionstotattooing | STARTED
3: With this machine (image 1, 1a) I started thinking about linear movement and how it could benefit the rotary machine. I figured the linear movement of a traditional tattoo machine had practical application benefits over that of the rotating motion of the rotary. So I began to figure out how to apply it to the rotary. I envisioned the motion of a train wheel, thusly inspiring me in the creation of this machines linear movement. | 1. | ROTARYcontributionstotattooing | 1a.
4: About early 2008 I turned my attention toward adding some Â“giveÂ” to the rotary. Â“GiveÂ” in this context is a small amount of dampening, ideally you want this dampening applied to the lowest part of the full revolution or Â“strokeÂ” of the machine as it penetrates the skin. The theory is that this slight give softens the hit for a more comfortable feel for the client, also reduces the healing time and can allow for more graduated tones without damaging the skin. I for one fully believe in the benefits of dampening and that is precisely why I have been on such an intense quest to create it in my rotary tattoo machines. Quite a few ideas had been tossed around to address this particular dilemma. Most of the ideas to remedy this solution required ultra small scale precision machining that just wasnÂ’t practical at the time. One such idea was to try a split configuration. A singular piece was split in half, top and bottom, and held together with an elastic band to allow for a small amount of give. It worked modestly well for a little while but certainly was not the best solution. The two pieces would eventually migrate out of line with each other and cause the machine to stick. So it was back to the drawing board. | ROTARYrevolution | ROTARYrevolution | ROTARYrevolution | ROTARYcontributionstotattooing
5: This next design came to fruition early 2010 and was basically designed by Mark. So why is it in this book you may wonder? In the many conversations had on how to improve the rotary, we discussed so many different concoctions that neither of us is sure about the exact origin of this idea. Regardless, itÂ’s just too cool not to be documented. This one has great promise but needs a bit of fine-tuning too be it right on. | ROTARYcontributionstotattooing
6: ROTARYcontributionstotattooing | Ok, well here it is! After this long journey I believe Iâ€™ have finally got it. I took a bit of a hiatus from trying to â€œ"perfectâ€" the rotary and basically just got lost in wondering where my place in tattooing history would be (this consisted of a lot of self-loathing and self-pity and letâ€™s not forget their friend self-doubt). I also went on a buying frenzy, trying damn near every kind of reasonably priced rotary I could get my hands on. Of course none worked the way I wanted a rotary to. It did give me a really good idea of what not to do, so there's that. A bit of time had passed and it was just a typical day; I was looking at some rotary machines on line, as I often do because, yes Iâ€™'m obsessed. When I cam across a direct drive machine that reminded me of the one I started with so many years ago, this one was just fancier and stylized, but nothing different in its operation, still just simple rotary movement. That got me thinking, I needed to reconsider my former approach; simplify. Create the easiest and simplest application that will achieve my desired results. | piÃece de rÃesistance
7: It really helped looking at it with fresh eyes, because almost instantly I came up with the idea to create a direct drive rotary with dampening. The first ideas ended up being far too complex, typical of me, but that forced me to think even simpler. So I ultimately simplified it to a two section cam that incorporated a torsion spring. The front section would be able to move independently from the rear, a torsion spring placed between them attached to both segments would act as a drive shaft and the dampening. The idea was that by allowing the front section the ability to rotate slightly counter clockwise when put under duress to the clockwise movement of the whole assembly that dampening would be achieved. I was thankfully correct. After about 3 attempts we got it. the images on these pages are the production models that are out and being used. I couldn't be more pleased with it's performance either, it does exactly what I had been looking for. Oh yea, I appropriately named it TORCH. I donâ€™'t care if this is the end all of machines (frankly thereâ€™'s no way it could be, there are still too many viable paths to explore), I just really wanted to contribute something functional, tangible and unique to this great art form we as tattoo artists devote our lives too; something to make our tattooing easier and better. As with all the other prototypes that Mark worked his magic on, this one is no exception. His knowledge, experience and genius has always pushed the ideas to their full potential. | ROTARYcontributionstotattooing | ORDER YOURS HERE
8: As I said earlier, I still appreciate the beauty of traditional linear tattoo machines. They have such a great look about them, rustic and mysteriously complex. For a short time in 2007 I turned my attention toward them. This frame was created with the thought that this design balanced the machine more evenly. I also had the edge rounded where the frame rests on your hand to make it much more comfortable; most machine frames have an angled edge that I find terribly uncomfortable. Naturally it took a few attempts to get this frame just right. Even though we did finally dial the frame in the way I had envisioned, it just didnÂ’t compare to the benefits of using rotary. Of course I became disenchanted with the traditional linear machines again and continued my quest to improve the rotary. | LINEARcontributionstotattooing
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10: These items were created sometime in 2008, I believe. The first image is a collaborative effort between myself and two other guys that work at Lambadi City Tattoos with me. They are: Daniel Gray and Jason Depew; a couple of want-to-be-inventors also. They have proved to be invaluable when it comes to these kinds of ideas. Image 1 is a regular clip cord with a special momentary switch connected to it to eliminate the need for a foot switch. This momentary hand switch activates the machine with a simple press of your finger instead of your foot, allowing you to move more freely as you tattoo. This prototype worked but was not easy to use, mostly | ROTARYrevolution and other fine inventions | ROTARYrevolution and other fine inventions | ROTARYrevolution and other fine inventions | ROTARYrevolution and other fine inventions | ROTARYrevolution and other fine inventions | ROTARYrevolution and other fine inventions | ROTARYrevolution and other fine inventions | ROTARYrevolution and other fine inventions | ROTARYrevolution and other fine inventions | ROTARYrevolution and other fine inventions | ROTARYrevolution and other fine inventions | ROTARYrevolution and other fine inventions | CONTRIBUTIONStotattooing | 1. | 2.
11: due to the materials I had to work with. Images 2 thru 4 are a wrist power supply. Most tattoo machines run on electricity, so I thought why not a battery operated power supply you wear. This way you can move completely free while tattooing. Again, as with the clip cord idea, I ran into limitations due to materials. The device worked for a moment then one of the essential parts burnt out allowing the magic smoke that runs all electronic devices to escape, leaving the device inoperable. I truly believe better more sophisticated forms of these two devices paired together have the potential to be revolutionary in the field of tattooing. Hopefully one day I'll be able to achieve that too. | CONTRIBUTIONStotattooing | 3. | 4.